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S. Sudan’s warring parties showing ‘little interest’ peace process: UN envoy


September 27, 2017 (NEW YORK) – The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday accused the warring factions involved in South Sudan’s conflict of showing “little interest” in the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, stressing the urgency to find a political solution and international support to the process.

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David Shearer (UN photo)

“The parties have shown little interest in engaging in serious negotiations on the way forward, despite the various initiatives aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict,” said David Shearer.

With only a few months remaining in the transitional period stipulated under the peace agreement, external momentum to support peace is not keeping pace with developments in the country, he added.

Shearer, who also doubles as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, however urged the international community to show a unity of purpose to support an implementable peace process that leads to credible elections in due course, but only after a period of transition marked by inclusivity and stability.

Political mediation through the high-level revitalization forum of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) must be the central conflict resolution strategy, he told the UN Security Council.

IGAD, the regional bloc that oversaw the peace deal, comprises Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

According to the senior UN official, total number of people in need of aid in South Sudan has risen to 7.6 million, while those displaced by conflict in the country rose to nearly 4 million during the first half of this year, with 2 million of them having fled to neighbouring Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The conflict in South Sudan broke out in December 2013 following irreconcilable differences within the country’s ruling party (SPLM). Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed, the UN says.

Shearer, further expressed concerns that some places, such as parts of the Greater Upper Nile region, parts of the Equatorias, and areas south and west of Wau, are inaccessible due to the ongoing government military operations against the armed opposition troops.

He also said civilians and aid convoys are being targeted along major roadways.18 aid workers have this year died in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, Shearer said the UN will soon open a permanent presence in Yei River state and reinforce presence in Torit and Yambio so as to deter violence and human rights abuses, and build confidence for people to be able to safely return to their homes.

He also hinted on plans to close the small Melut protection site in the country’s Upper Nile state in coming weeks as people plan to return to their homes, while further hinting in the proposal to downsize the civilian protection sites in Wau and in the Jonglei state capital, Bor.

“But ultimately, this movement critically depends on how the government and opposition forces behave,” stressed Shearer.

He said deployment of the UN-mandated Regional Protection Force will enable peacekeepers extend their reach to areas most in need.

“This includes establishing a permanent presence in Yei, and reinforcing troops in Torit and Yambio in the Equatorias to deter violence and human rights abuses and build confidence among local communities,” added Shearer.


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  • 27 September 09:11, by Eastern

    The lies being peddled by the Kiir-Taban alliance of inconvenience in Juba is now backfiring....More than one year since its formation, at the watch of the Kiir-Taban alliance, the situation in South Sudan continue to worsen every other day. The country will not see peace when all stakeholders are not involved sorting out their differences as EQUALS...

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    • 27 September 19:17, by jubaone

      False Mr. Shearer, the Kiirminal and his old friend Taban Gai are implementing their peace and they have a good working relationship. So what are you talking about? Riak, Lam Akol, Cirillo, Bakasoro, Abdelbaqi Ayii are not part if this peace. Rebels???

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  • 27 September 21:41, by James Bol Bol

    Many means to implement peace were tried and failed since war broke out in Juba ,
    and the methods that will be used to implement peace will be applied as David said because we are all craving for peace not war

    may peace comes to south Sudan in Jesus Name Amen

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    • 27 September 22:36, by Kuch

      This Newzealander fool would be dead if he is not very careful with South Sudanese people. He says some different here in South Sudan & go say something different to his UN criminals in New York who want to occupy & colonize our country on the pretext & disguise of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, donations & their human rights business scams>>>

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      • 27 September 22:43, by Kuch

        The govt of South Sudan has tried everything to bring peace into the country. The US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs and their puppets/stooges like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Rebecca Nyandeng or Thomas Cirillo; that they (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between) are holding hostage in foreign countries purposely for them (the US, the UK, their UN--->>>

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        • 27 September 22:51, by Kuch

          ,their NGOs) to use them as bargaining cards & blackmails to the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Lam Akol & Thomas Cirilo were forced to run away from South Sudan by their foreign masters, the US, the UK, North Sudan & ethiopia & they are being kept their in Khartoum & Adis Ababa to be used as bargaining cards & blackmails to the govt of South Sudan & the South Sudanese>>>

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          • 27 September 22:58, by Kuch

            Purposely for the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs, North Sudan & ethiopia to crawl their evil selves into our country to come & plunder our country like Congo, Libya, Central Africa republic etc. The traitors like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, Costi Manibe & others are being held hostage in Kenya & the US purposely to be used as bargaining cards & blackmails by Kenya, the US, the UK>>>

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            • 27 September 23:07, by Kuch

              their UN & their NGOs against the govt of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people to crawl their evil selves into our country to come & plunder it like they have done in Congo & other countries. This so-called "revitalization & resuscitation" of 2015 peace agreement are demands by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, the IGAD countries & the AU to be included in the ruling & the governance>>>

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              • 27 September 23:15, by Kuch

                of our country & our people---just another SLICK name of TRUSTEESHIP of South Sudan by foreign countries. But our foolish South Sudanese & even some of our leaders are not discerning this sinister project being schemed in our country & against our people by our enemies. Why is our government not asking the tough question to these foreign hyenas, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, IGAD & the AU>

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                • 27 September 23:23, by Kuch

                  >>>countries as to who is really demanding the negotiation of the so-called ARCISS peace agreement & what for? Because the government officials like Michael Makuei Lueth, Paul Malongdit & others, who know the dirty game being played against our country & our people by foreign countries have been *cowered* by the US & her allies to their so-called targeted sanctions & travel bans to silent them>>>

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                  • 27 September 23:32, by Kuch

                    The fools like Salva Kiir & Taban Deng Gai are just empty suits that the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & IGAD countries silent them any minute if they don’t bow down to them & accept their demands. As for my own humble self & some of my colleagues who are pretty much aware of the dirty game the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, IGAD & the AU are plotting against our country & our people--->>>

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                    • 27 September 23:39, by Kuch

                      is to keep our ’spears & arrows in shape & stocked up’ because what the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are desperately after in our country & against our people is not going to end very well as far as we are concerned. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies in between want to destroy our country at all costs like they have done>>>

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                      • 27 September 23:47, by Kuch

                        to DRC, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen & Ukraine simply because they want to occupy our country on the disguise of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donations & their peacekeeping business & loot our country at whim like the countries that l mentioned above. Did our grand grand grand great parents, our parents & us fought all our our lives to extricate ourselves from our cloned so-called>>>

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                        • 27 September 23:52, by Kuch

                          arabs of North Sudan simply to be recolonized by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, IGAD & the AU? Good luck to them. Somalia would be better than what the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, the IGAD & AU countries want to experiment in our country. The criminals have been warned time & time again, their lust for the destruction of our country will engulf the whole region in fire but they are>>>

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                          • 27 September 23:57, by Kuch

                            not heeding our warnings but the evils will eventually understand later that here in South Sudan. Wars are what we have known all our lives. Who really want the evil white Americans, English people, our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & Arabs in their villages & in our country with their usual dirty intrigues? Who really want these vermins?

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      • 28 September 10:46, by Landlord

        Hi folk,
        the only ward you learnt from your university is dead, kill and mentioning region or tribes on the forum. you are not responsible enough for this level.

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