UNMISS concerned about reports of military build-up of the Agwelek forces in Upper Nile State

Juba, 1 February 2023: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), wishes
to raise serious concerns over the reported buildup of the Agwelek forces in Upper Nile
state in the past few days.

The Mission urges these forces, loyal to General Johnson Olony, to refrain from any actions or movements that might pose threats to civilians and affect humanitarian operations in Upper Nile and Northern Jonglei.

UNMISS peacekeepers are increasing their presence in the area, and the Mission is
verifying reports of movements and mobilisation. The Mission continues to engage with
Government, State officials, and other leaders to prevent any further escalation of tensions, following fierce fighting that began last November.
With the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland to South Sudan expected to take place this week, UNMISS appeals to national and community leaders to exercise restraint and
commit to peace and dialogue.

Contact: UNMISS Spokesperson, Linda Tom at or unmiss-spokesper

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