WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the recent violence in South Sudan:
"I am deeply concerned by the recent violence in South Sudan. I visited Juba in 2007, rejoiced in this nation's independence just two years ago, and believe that the people of South Sudan have endured too many years of conflict to let the progress that has been made descend into armed conflict. The violence we are seeing today is a grave threat to this new nation, and must not continue.
"I strongly encourage South Sudan's leaders to engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve political differences and promote reconciliation. I urge South Sudan's leaders to immediately end attacks on civilians, including attacks motivated by ethnicity, and I join in strongly condemning the attacks against the UN Mission. All South Sudanese should work for calm and reject ethnic violence.
"South Sudan's leaders should renew their commitment to peace and ensure the security of their people, so that there can be a strong and better future for their nation."