A confidential UN report says South Sudan’s deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. The UN panel of experts report obtained by The Associated Press says President Salva Kiir and army chief of staff Paul Malong directed fighting in the capital, Juba, that killed hundreds.
The report also says Kiir and Malong have focused on procuring new weapons and ammunition. The UN Security Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo if South Sudan’s government doesn’t comply with a plan to deploy an extra 4,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians.
The report says officials have focused on “mobilizing their respective tribes,” which has escalated the conflict from a “primarily political to tribal war.”