Home | News    Wednesday 3 September 2014

New UN chief says S. Sudan situation poses “huge challenge”

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

September 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The newly appointed head of the UN peace keeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the situation in the country presents a huge task for her.

JPEG - 43.6 kb
Newly appointed chief Ellen Margrethe Løj speaks to the media on her arrival in South Sudan’s capial, Juba, on 2 September 2014 (ST)

Ellen Margrethe Løj replaces Hilde Johnson, who resigned in July after three years at the helm of UNMISS.

“I will need a lot of briefings and I will need to get to know South Sudan, but it is a huge challenge,” Løj told reporters on arrival at Juba International Airport on Tuesday.

Løj served as the special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of the UN mission in Liberia from 2008 to 2012.

The Danish diplomat was received on arrival by her deputy, Toby Lanzer, and the under-secretary of South Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs, Charles Manyang.

Her arrival comes as the young nation struggles to find a way out of a devastating conflict that erupted in mid-December last year after an internal rift in the ruling SPLM party turned violent, reigniting tribal tensions across the country.

Thousands have been killed and more than 1.5 million displaced, with tens of thousands seeking shelter at UN compounds across the country after the conflict broke out.

Løj’s predecessor alluded to the challenges ahead at a final press conference prior to her departure, in which she lamented the widespread destruction and deep division caused by the conflict, warning progress and development in the nation had been set back decades.

The Norwegian diplomat played a pivotal role in the north-south peace process, leading to the completion of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ultimately paved the way for the South’s secession from Sudan in 2011.

Relations between UNMISS and the South Sudanese government have at times been strained since the conflict broke out, with critics questioning the mission’s impartiality.

The discovery of a weapons shipment in March mistakenly transported overland in a UNMISS convoy rather than by air sparked anti-UN demonstration in Juba, with some protesters accusing Johnson of bias and complicity in the killing of South Sudanese people.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 3 September 2014 14:58, by Peacocktail

    the VP seem like not so worry of current crisis the country, he talks of not giving up and Yet Riek Machar is interesting in bigger position such as Head of State. He should have not been allowed to address people in such reconciliation session. Let him pack and leave that presidency..

    repondre message

  • 3 September 2014 15:01, by Peacocktail

    the VP seem like not so worry of current crisis the country, he talks of not giving up and Yet Riek Machar is interesting in bigger position such as Head of State. He should have not been allowed to address people in such reconciliation session. Let him pack and leave that presidency..

    repondre message

    • 3 September 2014 15:15, by Projector

      Peacocktail!!! do you really know on which article you’re commenting. What is the relationship between your comment and the article? Just go and sleep instead of wasting your brainless head in writing things that can’t help and change the current situation.

      repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)

President Bashir’s elections: victory by default 2015-04-16 21:24:18 By Magdi El Gizouli Two days before the start of polling in Sudan’s ongoing elections on 13 April a quarter-page insert in the Khartoum newspaper al-Intibaha congratulated the former finance (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)

Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.