United Nations and world leaders step up efforts to restore peace in the strife-torn country

The State government is anxiously awaiting a communication from the South Sudan authorities about the safety of Indians, particularly those from Andhra Pradesh, stranded in that country.

Worried over the safety of people in the conflict-stricken country, the government has addressed letters to the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry as well as officials of South Sudan embassy to ensure safe passage of Indians. “There is no communication as yet. We are awaiting a communication from the South Sudanese authorities,” Secretary (political) in General Administration Department N. Siva Sankar told The Hindu.

With the conflict between ethnic groups threatening to turn into a civil war, world leaders and the United Nations have stepped up efforts to restore peace in the newest country.

The US, Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries are leading the peace efforts and South Sudan president Salva Kiir expressed his willingness to resolve the crisis through negotiations.

Mr. Kiir, who initiated crisis talks with neighbouring countries Kenya and Ethiopia, said he was willing to have “dialogue” with all his opponents.

Since the situation appeared to be easing up, officials are hopeful of receiving a response to its request in a day or two.

According to reports received by the NRI affairs wing here, several people had crossed over to Uganda and others were airlifted.

A majority of the remaining people took shelter in the UN compound that was by and large unaffected by the fighting between rival groups.