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U.N official urges “common strategy” on South Sudan’s political process


 David Shearer (UN photo)
May 24, 2017 (NEW YORK) - The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has urged the Security Council to unite behind a common strategy for advancing the political process and peace in the crisis-torn country.

David Shearer, while addressing the Council in New York, said that “unity of purpose will send the best signal to South Sudan’s political leaders to focus first and foremost on the plight of their citizens.”

Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, called for a “coherent and unified regional position” to aid political developments in the war-torn country.

The top U.N official also lauded President Salva Kiir’s launch of the national dialogue initiative on Monday, saying the dialogue will help to end the conflict, which has hit the nation since December 2013.

The national dialogue, initiated by Kiir, is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

A 94-member steering committee for national dialogue was sworn in to start the work of bringing harmony and peace to the people of South Sudan. The committee co-chaired by Abel Alier and Angelo Beda Bangboru comprises of distinguished members of the country including religious leaders, professionals and politicians.

Kiir, however, vowed not to accept the return of his former deputy-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar over fears of further skirmishes.

Shearer, however, expressed concerns that the national dialogue initiative excluded Kiir’s political rival and former deputy, Machar.

Meanwhile, the senior U.N official said although inter-communal conflicts persist across the country, the recent signing of a joint cessation of hostilities agreement between the Bor and Pibor communities in Jonglei with UNMISS mediation was commendable.

Shearer, however, lauded the work of humanitarian workers operating throughout the country and condemned what he described as the “unacceptable” levels of violence being directed towards aid workers, including detention, threats, arrests and killings.

On Wednesday, the Council began unanimously adopting a resolution renewing until 31 May 2018 a host of sanctions, including a travel ban and asset freeze imposed by its resolution 2206 (2015), on those said to be blocking peace, security and stability in South Sudan.


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  • 25 May 2017 06:39, by Sunday Junup

    urging SC to unite behind strategy for Political process in other hand appreciating initiative of National Dialogue hoping it will end conflict again concerned why political rival are not included. Look, those are the people doing business using our nation as project. I hate you America, you are prostitute like Uganda!!!!

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    • 25 May 2017 08:23, by jubaone

      The composition of The so called Committee for ND is nothing other than a jienge tribal grouping disguised as a national dialogue forum. Implicitly, the jienge have argued, the SS is jienge and the jienge is SS.
      1. 75% of the team is made up of jienges.
      2. 15% are Wieuw Nuer (Taban’s nyagateen)
      3. 15% are split between Equatorians, Collos and rest.
      Now this is national dialogue per excellence.

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      • 25 May 2017 09:36, by South South


        When are you going to stop lying man? The percentages you mentioned are not correct, they are lies. Second, we want to start National Dialogue as soon as possible. People who want it are in and people who don’t want it are out. Tell us, which group you belong to? What is this people. When National Dialogue was formed people like came out and rejected it.Now Dinka are to be blamed

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        • 25 May 2017 12:51, by jubaone

          South South,
          Check out the list if you wish. On the other hand, I don’t belong to any of the mentioned groups since they are simply tribal. You just go ahead with your gathering that has no clear objectives, timeline and outcomes. The Kiirminal has failed the ARCISS 2015 and is fooling the whole world with a tribal gathering that simply wants to consolidate the jienge republic.

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          • 25 May 2017 14:37, by South South


            There will be no voting on issues National Dialogue team will recommend. It will recommend things that are convincing to them. This means,one person can suggest one thing and if that suggestion is good for South Sudan, then we will go for it. To bring peace, justice and unity among South Sudanese, we have to have things we agreement upon, that’s all.

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  • 25 May 2017 07:42, by Eyez

    The UNSC has been dragging its feet for far too long, and if our issues are left for the Council to determine our destiny, then we Southerners will be at the mercy of the Jienge forever.
    The only way to redeem our freedom is to spring a people’s revolution, either peacefully or violently, because these people in New York, in their fancy suits don’t feel the pain that kiir inflicted on us.

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  • 25 May 2017 08:18, by Mr Point

    Will Kiir’s call for a national dialogue bring an end to the war that Kiir started in December 2013?
    Starting a massacre of civilians in Juba was stupid and criminal. The country is in debt to the suppliers of arms. All the oppportunities for normal economic development have been openly wasted.

    Only the blind and the mad tribalists think Kir has been a worthy successor to John Garang.

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  • 25 May 2017 11:28, by Mopedi

    The damages Kiir caused in South Sudan is beyond his capacity neither him nor any Dinka tribes can repair. in the face of international community, Kiir shows to the world that born to rule phrase seem to have been forced in their mouth by some one. Every born child from SS know Kiir and his cohort, JCE are living evils that dropped South Sudanese to hell. curse those who do trades with our blood.

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  • 25 May 2017 19:45, by Eastern

    There’s no common strategy: there’s Kiir and Museveni’s strategy, there’s the UN Security Council strategy, there’s the IGAD strategy and there’s the strategy through the barrel of the gun by the armed opposition....

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    • 25 May 2017 20:34, by South South

      No more war, war is over. We must work with Museveni, UN and IGAD. It’s must.

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