UN peacekeeping chief concerned about renewed fighting in South Sudan
July 14, Juba: United Nations peacekeeping chief has warned that more fighting could break out in South Sudan despite a two-day ceasefire that followed a major flareup of violence in Juba in which almost 300 people were killed.
UN chief Herve Ladsous issued the warning on Wednesday, as Germany evacuated about 100 of its nationals from the war-torn state, where tensions remain high despite a break in fighting.
"We remain very worried about the potential for the resumption of violence and spillover into other parts of the country, as we have seen in the past," Ladsous told the Security Council, in New York.
The UN's worries come as Vice President Riek Machar urged the organisation on Wednesday to establish a "buffer zone" between his forces and government troops who are loyal to President Salva Kiir.
Machar's forces have fled the capital to an undisclosed location. A spokesman told Al Jazeera that the vice president "does not feel safe" enough to return to Juba.
The UN is considering an emergency request from regional leaders to send an intervention brigade to Juba that could secure the airport and separate the warring sides, Al Jazeera reported.
The Oslo Times International New Network