UK slams fighting, Kenya cancels flights to Juba


The United Kingdom minister for Africa has condemned fighting in Juba and called on all sides to respect South Sudan’s leaders’ calls for calm.

Speaking after fighting erupted in Juba on the eve of South Sudan Independence Day, the Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP said: “I condemn the fighting in Juba between government and opposition forces. These actions are entirely unacceptable.”

He added: “I therefore welcome President Kiir and First Vice President Machar’s calls for calm and urge all South Sudanese to avoid any further acts of violence.”

Duddridge said these tragic events underline the need for South Sudan’s leaders to implement fully the terms of the peace agreement.

“There can be no more delays. No more disputes. No more divides. I therefore call on South Sudan’s political leaders to unite the country and secure peace.”

He said as the country marks Independence Day, the people of South Sudan and the entire international community expect nothing less.

Kenya Airways suspends flights

In a post on Twitter, Kenya Airways said they had suspended flights to Juba “due to [the] uncertain security situation”.

“We wish to advise our guests that we have suspended flights to Juba, South Sudan due to uncertain security situation.”

“We will advise you when the circumstances change and thank you for your continued support.”



American actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker said he was deeply saddened by the outbreak of fighting in South Sudan.

“It continues to claim so many lives. It has to stop. Peace & unity must prevail!”

Deeply saddened by the outbreak of fighting in #SouthSudan. It continues to claim so many lives. It has to stop. Peace & unity must prevail!

— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) July 10, 2016

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