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New head of U.N. mission for S. Sudan arrives in Juba


January 21, 2017 (JUBA) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in South Sudan, David Shearer arrived in Juba on Friday.

Shearer, also head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) succeeds Ellen Margrethe Løj, whose term ended in November last year.

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Upon arrival in the capital, the senior U.N. official was welcomed by his deputy for political affairs, Moustapha Soumaré, who temporarily headed UNMISS.

Shearer said he was looking forward to the assignment, which he acknowledged wiould be a challenging one.

“The people of South Sudan deserve to have a state that is functioning and looks after them, is stable and provides for their peace and prosperity,” he told reporters.

The world body, Shearer further stressed, would do whatever it could to bring peace and stability in the young nation.

According to the senior U.N. official, changing the current situation in South Sudan requires strong engagement and political will from the leadership in the country in collaboration with the global community.

Prior to taking up this post, Shearer served as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand from 2009, resigning that post effective 31 December 2016.

The Special Representative had previously also served as the Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from 2007-2009.

Shearer reportedly held several senior positions with the world body, including head of its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon; Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA); and Chief of OCHA in Belgrade, among other senior positions.


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  • 21 January 22:31, by The Truth

    Ok, its good. Welcome and we hope you do some good job.

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    • 21 January 23:22, by choldit

      David is a gift from UN to South Sudan. As a New Zealander, I expect him to value peace than anything else. Therefore, the first thing he will do is to cut the bullshits JMEC is doing with president Kiir regime against peace and the people of South Sudan and try his best to work for real inclusive peace that put Dr Machar and Salva Kiir in the centre. So, I wholeheartedly welcome Mr Shearer to ss.

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      • 22 January 05:21, by Gatluak jal

        choldit, you have to understand the legal frameworks of UN as well as international law. first of all, you be cheer to Taban rather than trying to applause to the man who is under arrest in South Africa. Secondly, you think that JMEC does not doing good jobs because they reject Machar shortsighted thinking and take well thinker Mr Taban Deng Gai as FVP of SS. JMEC has more power in the continent

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  • 21 January 23:39, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Welcome to South Sudan David Shearer. I hope you will promote peace, stability, and security. Keep your words and we will work with you.

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    • 22 January 01:15, by Chang Kuony

      Welcome David Shearer to South Sudan

      We urge you to bring permanent peace and stability in young nation but mind you Salva Kiir and his cohorts are using two decesive politicking:
      A widen bribery practices to silent any critics,lure in all money seekers and as to cover their war crimes
      B Tribal politics to divide and rule the country. We hope you will not fall into first one Sir.

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  • 22 January 06:27, by Fair Man

    Gatluak Jal
    You can immagine the International recognition of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. How can someone under arrest be invited officially by the 45th US President Donald Trump to attend his graduation on 20-1-2017? He represented the Republic of S.Sudan, since Kiir didn’t show up or invited that day. Up to now, he still holding talks on how he can be sworn in as defacto President of S.Sudan in W/D.C.

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    • 22 January 07:23, by Gatluak jal

      Fair, lol lol, you wish, you are utterly confused individual. Donlad Trump did not invite any leader all over the world. He didn’t invite the prime minster of UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico and so on. Than he go and invited Rick Machar leader rebel who under arrest as well medical issues. You are big lair and you hope for something that will not going to happen. good luck with Donlad Trump.

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  • 22 January 08:54, by Fair Man

    Gatluak Jal
    Wait, the Press Office of US President and Dr.Riek M.T are almost done with the joint statement linked to the program for peace in South Sudan. The work started earlier than inauguration day and just by Monday, you will get the full dosier. It is very comprehensive and once treated with nationalism, that’s the end of problem of South Sudan. Keep tuned.

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    • 22 January 17:01, by Gatluak jal

      Fair, laughable I don’t think that you understand the world politic. I was thinking that some body like you went to United States could understand the basic global politic but it seems you don’t have those basic way of understanding.
      good luck

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  • 23 January 12:52, by victory john

    welcome Divid shaerer God may help you to maintain that civilware distructed a suoth sudan for 5 years,please identify misleading and right thing

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