South Sudan has decided to expel the world body’s top humanitarian official based in the conflict-torn nation, according to the UN, which called on the government to immediately reverse its decision.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the move by the Juba government to expel the UK’s Toby Lanzer, deputy head of the UN Mission in South Sudan as well as its humanitarian coordinator, the UN said in a statement.
“The secretary-general calls on the government of South Sudan to reverse its decision immediately,” the statement said.
“He further urges the government to cooperate fully with all United Nations entities present in South Sudan.”
The statement said Lanzer has been “instrumental in addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities in the country, and ensuring that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches the most vulnerable”.
Lanzer’s term was due to end shortly and the UN announced on Friday that his replacement will be Eugene Owusu of Ghana.