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Gaborone, November 15th, 2011 – The Government of the Republic of Botswana strongly condemns the recent reports of aerial bombardment of the Yida refugee camp inside South Sudan, which resulted in the tragic loss of innocent lives and injury to many.

This untoward action is a flagrant breach of South Sudan’s territorial sovereignty, and it is an act of aggression which should be denounced in the strongest possible terms by peace loving-nations. We therefore urge the United Nations to institute an independent and credible investigation into the bombing of the Yida refugee camp with a view to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

South Sudan as a young nation needs the collective support of the international community as it prepares the ground for peace and sustainable development. 

To this end, the Government of the Republic of Botswana wishes to appeal to the international community to vigorously condemn any form of external aggression which will derail South Sudan from its development path. 


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