“We are deeply concerned over the ongoing conflict between supporters of incumbent President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir and supporters of former Vice President Riek Machar. We are calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for political dialogue to be established without delay,” the ministry said in a statement.
As a permanent member state of the UN Security Council, Russia has been working to promote the search for peaceful ways of ending the military-political crisis in South Sudan,” the statement says.
“We support the efforts of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other international mediators and favor the immediate resumption of Addis Ababa-hosted negotiations between representatives of South Sudanese conflicting parties,” it says.
“The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is worsening: people continue to die; the number of displaced persons and refugees is increasing; shortages of food and fuel are getting more acute; there is the growing threat of epidemics,” the ministry said.