UN Condemns South Sudan Move to Expel Humanitarian Envoy Lanzer

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the South Sudanese government to reverse its decision to expel Toby Lanzer, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country that’s been mired in conflict.

Lanzer was instrumental in the organization of life-saving humanitarian assistance during almost 18 months of fighting, Ban said in a statement e-mailed on Monday.

Ban said on May 29 that Lanzer was coming near to the end of his term as the deputy special representative in the UN Mission in South Sudan and he will be succeeded at an unspecified date by Eugene Owusu, a UN development program resident representative in Ethiopia. Lanzer will become regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel region.

Peace talks to end the violence in South Sudan have faltered. Tens of thousands of people have died and more than 2 million were displaced in the fighting.

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