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UN chief vows to support S. Sudan peace revitalization forum


Bol Wek, the Chief Administrator in the Office of the President and UNMISS head David Shearer speaks to the press after a meeting with President Kiir on 15 September 2017 (UNMISS photo)

October 17, 2017 (JUBA) - The head of the United Nations in South Sudan, David Shearer has pledged to support the revitalization of the peace process, commending President Salva Kiir and his administration for accepting to participate in the process without conditions.

Shearer made these remarks on Tuesday during a meeting with the South Sudanese leader in the capital, Juba. Also in attendance was the UNMISS deputy head and Resident Coordinator Alain Noudehou.

The meeting, according to Shearer, was organized to introduce to the president his new deputy and the members of his administration.

He described the meeting with Kiir as “important” and “vital”, focusing on humanitarian and capacity building issues in the war-torn nation.

Shearer said the UN mission will cooperate with the government to stem out unauthorized activities in the protection of civilian camps.

However, the senior UN official did not elaborate on unauthorized activities hinted on. In the past, South Sudanese authorities have accused the UN of harbouring individuals in possession of illicit arms.

Meanwhile, Noudehou said the mission will offer all the necessary work and do what is expected of the UN as well as the rest of team.

The UN delegation, he said, discussed with the president the challenges facing the nation, citing humanitarian issues, but vowed to continue working together with the government in order to try and find the best solutions for the people in need of assistance.

We also talked about different opportunities and difficulties on how to serve the people of South Sudan in terms of humanitarian issues, added Noudehou.

According to the deputy head of UNMISS, the UN mission and its country team are currently designing a responsive humanitarian plan that will encompass matters on how humanitarian actors can work with local communities in order to better decide what should be the priorities for humanitarian action in the next year.

He expressed commitment to work with government and other institutions.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided that meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation be convened. During the June summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

IGAD unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum with South Sudanese leaders and the nation’s citizens. The process began on 13 October and ends on 17 October.

South Sudan government earlier warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc which mediated the 2015 peace accord, should not be another platform for negotiations of the peace accord between the two factions to the conflict.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011.


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  • 18 October 2017 01:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Capacity building is what we need, people need to be empower to show case their issues and resolve them, if this conflict was given to just a premont chiefs in all villages a cross south Sudan, we could have been in peace ? by then but for IGAD is just an ongoing project

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  • 18 October 2017 01:33, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    People need to give this a good thought 💭

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  • 18 October 2017 08:45, by Wutkhor

    What remain from UN to do is to put more sanctions on dinka insects animals n their equotoria stooges gangs plus Nuerwew foods lovers who are holding the country hostage for sake of Ransome from their master Dinka’s.. So i wld tell David Sherear to sanctions the like of TutKuan Gatluak, STD, Douth Guest, Akol Koor, Kuol MANYANG,Elie Lumoro, red teeth Wani Iga, Lol Gatkuoth n all jce gangs. Shld be

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  • 18 October 2017 09:23, by John Wetjunub

    and also more punishment on DR Risky to be in prison for life with other mislead followers like you idiots.

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    • 18 October 2017 15:01, by Sunday Junup

      John Wetjunub,
      Keeping Dr.Riak (South Sudanese Messiah) in prison will increase your problems. Juba is paying $1.5 Million Motnhly to South Africa to keep him. Multiply by his yrs of life, you will gone mad. Why don’t you(Dinka) fight like men, why hiring foreigners to fight in your behalf? Accept Revitalization peace without conditions

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  • 18 October 2017 11:52, by chadoor weak

    this organization known as UN ,they know very well what is the south Sudan leaders aiming to ,that’s they side with them and they are trying to blind fool the [people of ss that they are working for them and they are caring for them ,this bull shit those current leaders of ss are mad people ,they are traumatize ,they lead people ,they need to be change by the new generation

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