Ban Ki-moon - Message to the people of South Sudan
Text of the video/radio message
Hello. This is Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General
of the United Nations.
I want to assure you that the United Nations stands with the people of South Sudan at this difficult time.
We know many of you are suffering from horrific attacks. Families are fleeing their homes.
Many of you have lost loved ones and are grieving.
Innocent civilians are being targeted because
of their ethnicity. This is a grave violation of human rights.
South Sudan is under threat – but South Sudan
is not alone.
I once again call on the country’s leaders to settle their differences peacefully – and I underscore
their responsibility to protect civilians.
I have warned all responsible for crimes
that they will be held accountable.
The United Nations stood with you in your struggle for independence.
I joined you in Juba in 2011 to celebrate the birth
of your nation.
The United Nations has been your partner in coping with the many challenges you have faced as the world’s newest country.
We are strengthening the United Nations presence and will do our best to stop the violence and help you build a better future for all.