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U.N envoy warns of election risks in war-torn South Sudan


AUGUST 27, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations special envoy for South Sudan warned that the young nation could face more problems if issue affecting it are not tackled prior to next year’s general polls.

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"There is sporadic fighting and widespread insecurity across the country," Nicholas Haysom told the UN Security Council Thursday.

He added, "Our engagements with South Sudanese interlocutors, including the opposition, suggest that battlefield fortunes continue to inform the calculus of both the government and its opponents."

Early this month, South Sudan President Salva Kiir called upon the country’s opposition groups to prepare for the country’s general elections, earmarked to take place after the end of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) period in 2018.

To fast track processes leading to the polls, President Kiir in May officially declared his national dialogue initiative and declared unilateral cease-fire with rebels, albeit it has repeated been violated.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s conflict triggered by political differences between President Kiir, a Dinka, and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Haysom, however, said President Kiir’s reconciliation approach has not yielded any gains as fighting continue in various parts of the country.

“[The incidences of violence] may well contribute to deepening and extending the conflict," Haysom further told the 15-member Council.

Meanwhile, the Former Botswana President Festus Mogae, who heads the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) of the August 2015 peace agreement, told Security Council members that they must speak with one voice to the leaders of South Sudan.

"There should be clear consequences for intransigent groups, spoilers and violators," he observed.

On Thursday, Mogae said the second anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) passed with “little meaningful progress” made in the implementation of the accord inked in Addis Ababa in 2015.

“Our perception at the time of the signing of the Peace Agreement in August 2015 was that it had ended a tragic internal conflict that had threatened to tear Africa’s youngest nation apart and it was hoped that disagreements amongst the parties over substantive issues had been resolved,” he remarked.

JMEC was established by terms decreed under Chapter Seven of the ARCSS, signed on 17 August 2015 in Ethiopia. Under the terms of the agreement, JMEC shall be responsible for monitoring, overseeing and supporting the implementation of the agreement and the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, including adherence of the parties to agreed timelines and schedules; and in the event of non-compliance, shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU.

JMEC is responsible for overseeing the work of CTSAMM (Ceasefire and Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism), EFMA (Economic and Financial Management Authority), and other transitional institutions created by the Agreement.

According to Mogae, by now the 2015 peace accord should have achieved considerable progress towards improved security and governance in the war-torn East African nation.


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  • 27 August 2017 07:35, by Lenin Bull

    UN please leave South Sudanese to manage their own affairs. You are unnecessarily interfering in their internal affairs. When the fight you indiscriminately condemn them without proper information on who commit crime, when elections are called you say elections should not be held!! The government should continue with programs and let the UN and foreigners who have swarmed the country continue

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    • 27 August 2017 11:13, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      What SS to manage their affairs? If you jienges were not power and money greedy, we would have avoided this mess. Kokora or death, that is the solution. Go back to your states and let us in Equatoria also develop ours. That is the solution. We can’t have all jienges migrating to Equatoria. Who will develop their luaks? Jienges.

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    • 27 August 2017 18:16, by lino

      Bull, be wiseman and think before throwing your stones! Did you forget that your SS is made if glass?’
      Let UN leave tomorrow and you will see all your friends, families, and tribesmen, women, and children slaughtered like chickens and lambs.
      You South Sudanese are not humans enough to be left alone!!!

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  • 27 August 2017 07:40, by Lenin Bull


    to bark. After all they came to take over the country for UN trusteeship which is a new way of colonizing Africans and it is being experimented with South Sudan. No matter what good South Sudanese do the UN will always urinate on it and declare it stupid. The only option left is to do your own thing and let the UN do whatever it can including declaring open war finally.

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    • 27 August 2017 11:07, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      That is jienge paranoia. The whole world now knows your jienge uncle is the problem. Soon or later he will go. Let us first have all RPF deployed and revitalization forum kicks off. The Kiirminal has no chance but to fold his tail between his legs. Refusing this will amount to his arrest and prosecution. He’s a kiirminal after all.

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      • 27 August 2017 12:35, by Jongo

        Don’t worried all Jenge are HIV+ & are ding one by one the remaining those with a deep dark dirty empty mouth are Cholera carries flies sallowers soon by 2020 Equatoria will see zero Jenge they are idiot enough to understand life in big cities like Juba the fair solution is dirty Luaks for all Jenge, I mean people without teeth Bargazal & it’s people & Lastly Equatoria for Equatorian,

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  • 27 August 2017 13:15, by Adok son

    Incompetent Salva Kiir knows only what is really under his nose.He thought that the West is still with him.Lol!

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  • 27 August 2017 22:54, by lino

    Haha! Elections!!! South Sudanese are not capable of organization anything even food committees. Their old masters never trained them to have these capabilities and they were always babysitted. Only two things Khartoum trained them for:
    1- Corruptions at all level.
    2- Hating themselves to slaughter each other.
    If war is not stopped, there is no way out to get organized. Stop the war...

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    • 27 August 2017 23:01, by lino

      bring in new faces to lead the country, and harmonize the social and tribal fabric of the country. Then we will talk ELECTIONS!!!
      All these have to be done under close supervision of UN as it was for other new countries like Kosovo. We leave to current leaders, we will be waiting 100 years to realize democratic processes that lead to credible Elections!!!

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