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Regional and international bodies need to speak with one voice on S. Sudan: envoy


Ambassador Tekeda Alemu speaking in a press conference at the UN headquarters on 1 September 2017(ST Photo)

September 1, 2017 (NEW YORK) – There is a need for the regional and international community to speak with one voice on South Sudan, said the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday.

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu who chairs the Security Council for September made the remark during a press conference held at the UN headquarters to present the Council programme of work for this month.

Asked about the most important issues that he wants to see progress during his chairmanship of the Security Council this month, Alemu said.

“South Sudan is our major preoccupation” adding that progress is achievable if there is enough good will and commitment.

"If the countries in the region speak with one voice, if the Security Council speaks with one voice, it will be possible to make tremendous progress in South Sudan. This is not happening. Hopefully, this will change," he further stressed.

The Ethiopian diplomat will lead a Security Council delegation to Addis Ababa this month for an annual consultative meeting between members of the UN Security Council and members of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC).

South Sudan and Somalia are expected to top the agenda of the joint meeting.

Alemu showed optimism saying the situation in the South Sudan is not very difficult and progress can be achieved.

"If we could make some progress with respect to South Sudan, it would really be fantastic, it would really be extremely beneficial, not only for the people of South Sudan but for the region as a whole," he said.

The 15-member body this month will be briefed by the Secretary General on the implementation of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Also, it will be briefed on the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF).

The four-year armed conflict in South Sudan displaced some 1.89 million people inside the country and forced other 1.97 million people to flee to neighbouring countries. Also, nearly the half of the country population are severely food-insecure.


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  • 2 September 2017 08:41, by Agany Malim

    Who can speak one voice among you while all of you are busy with collecting ss revenue and leave leaders looting their own pple without saying the truth. UN security members are not fair for third world countries!

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  • 2 September 2017 11:31, by Eastern

    It’s NOT POSSIBLE for the international bodies to speak with one voice on South Sudan since there are vultures and caretakers within the international actors...

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    • 2 September 2017 14:47, by Redeemer

      If you guys have seen double standard of the world body, than why don’t we go for an internal solution why are we waiting for them to tell us what next. what I know is that, James Riek Machar always like a situation where he comes back with briefcase only without followers

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      • 2 September 2017 15:07, by Eastern

        Talk of internal; solution when you are ready move Angelo Beda from Juba to Malakal to go and consult; talk of internal solution when Kiir and his ministers have their families accommodated in Hai Amarat like it used to be during Joseph Lagu/Abel Alier’s time.....South Sudan is now the guinea pig. Sad..!

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  • 2 September 2017 16:36, by Lenin Bull

    The current Ethiopian government is fascist and dictatorial. It is oppressing Oromo people, Anyuak, and Somali Ethiopians. It is encroaching on Eritrea border. South Sudan should raise these crimes against humanity in UN security Council. Ethiopia should not be allowed to play with South Sudan and pretend as if it is the only most holy country in the region and belittle others. No.

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  • 2 September 2017 16:40, by Lenin Bull

    Kenya which has been pretending to be the most clean country is now on tenterhooks and it is a matter of time and Mungikis and Night wizards/night runners start slitting each other throats.

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  • 3 September 2017 03:06, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    As the territorial nation-state is seen to be less effective in delivering peace,Security,stability n prosperity these goal can only be achieved through collaboration with neighbouring n international bodies,Rationalisation may merely be step forwards to globationalization sincerely rationalization appears to be unclear

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  • 3 September 2017 04:29, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    MR KUCH where re u? This is your area of expertise... Welcome on board and be of be curious

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