UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States warned South Sudan’s president and rebel leader on Tuesday to engage in serious peace talks to end nearly a year of violence in the world’s newest state or face United Nations sanctions.
Fighting erupted in December in South Sudan – which declared independence from Sudan in 2011 – after months of political tension between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy and political rival, Riek Machar. Peace talks brokered by African regional bloc IGAD resumed last week.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group.
Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State – also known as ISIL and ISIS – in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than “militant Islamists on pickup trucks.”
Islamic State’s seizure of large swaths of Syria and Iraq and its killings of civilians and soldiers have dominated discussions during five days of speeches at the United Nations General Assembly podium and on the sidelines.