Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

By United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretar

The Secretary-General expresses his concern over the parties' deadlock over the issue of the establishment of 28 states, and their failure to meet the 22 January deadline to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan.

He stresses that the formation of the Transitional Government is an essential step in implementing the peace agreement and laying the foundation for peace and stability in the country.

The Secretary-General calls on the parties to overcome their differences. He encourages the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union member states to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming African Union summit to address the political impasse that is impeding the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to do all it can to support the people of South Sudan who continue to be subjected to unimaginable suffering and human rights abuses, as they have been since the beginning of the conflict over two years ago.