UN's Ban in South Sudan as Nation Edges Toward Peace Enactment

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Sudan for a one-day visit, as the oil-producing country attempts to enact a peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.

Ban landed Thursday at the airport in the capital, Juba, and will meet President Salva Kiir and officials charged with managing UN civilian protection sites. His trip comes about a week after armed clashes at a UN camp in the country’s northeast left at least 18 people dead and sent thousands fleeing for their lives. He visited Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this week.

Conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 in a power struggle between allies of Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. It’s killed tens of thousands of people, forced more than 2 million from their homes and cut oil production. Warring parties earlier this week agreed on a security arrangement that lets opposition forces into Juba, opening the way for Machar to return and take part in a transitional government.

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