Remarks by Ambassador José Javier De La Gasca LopezDomínguez, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations and Security Council President for December, at a UNSC Briefing on South Sudan

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Ambassador José Javier De La Gasca LopezDomínguez speaking in his national capacity, expressed concerns about the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where 9.4 million people, including 330,000 refugees from Sudan and over 2 million internally displaced, require assistance.

Despite the vital role of humanitarian organizations, their effectiveness is hindered by attacks and insufficient funding, he said, calling on Juba to address basic needs, ensure security for humanitarian staff and take concrete actions to reduce tensions among communities.

Voicing alarm over attacks on civilians, kidnappings and acts of sexual violence in Upper Nile State, he stressed the urgency of prioritizing security and protection.

In this regard, he welcomed the deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces to the country. Warning of political instability from slow progress in elections legal frameworks development and Revitalized Peace Agreement implementation, he urged the Government to speed up legislative advancements.

Turning to the electoral process, he welcomed the appointment of women in certain high-level positions.

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