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UNMISS head calls to put doubts aside and support South Sudan leaders


March 5, 2020 (JUBA) - The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called to support the peace implementation process stressing that doubts should be put aside and to give South Sudanese leaders a chance.

David Shearer UNMISS head briefs the Security Council on 26 September 2017 (UN photo)In a video briefing from Juba to the UN Security Council on Wednesday 4 March, UNMISS chief David Shearer hailed the decision of President Salva Kiir to revert to the ten states saying he did it "against the wishes of many of his many supporters".

He also praised the courageous decision of the First Vice-President Riek Machar for his return to Juba "despite transitional security arrangements not yet in place".

"The progress is attributable to the political willingness of two men who put the interests of their country first," he stressed.

However, he said the national unity government is facing daunting challenges that require the support of the international community and the inaction may contribute to the peace implementation process.

"The doubters telling us we have been here before. But It’s also important to acknowledge these are changed circumstances," he said.

"The international community will likely lean on the side of caution wary of repeating past mistakes. That’s fair. But neither can we totally step back to wait to see what happens before making a commitment".

"Our actions can push South Sudan further toward sustainable peace; our inaction can help condemn it to failure".

The strong call for international support to the national unity government and the implementation of the revitalized peace pact follows statements on 27 February by a senior State Department official who said they prefer to verify first how the peace partners will work.

"So everyone’s looking to see: Will this new unity government work? Will it remain an inclusive and unified government? What will their work habits be?" He said before adding they want to be certain the peace partners "work collaboratively".

The Troika countries and Washington particularly refused to contribute to the funding of the implementation of the security arrangements in the past saying that Juba should use of oil income.

Shearer’s speech recalls the calls for support for the revitalized peace agreement by the former UN special envoy for South Sudan Nicholas Haysom who struggled to convince the international community to back its implementation and the security arrangements particularly.

Shearer in his speech identified some areas that require immediate support pointing to the lack of means to implement the costly process of the national army formation, and the precarious humanitarian situation caused by a combination of three factors: floods, locusts and tribal violence.

The South Sudanese Ambassador to the United NationsAkuei Bona Malwal, for his part, welcomed the latest report of the UN Secretary-General report and indicated that the president and his first vice president are holding discussions "on how to divide the ministerial portfolios equitably".

"And, Mr President, the people of South Sudan are on standby to hear the imminent announcement of the new cabinet of national unity any time from now," he added.


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  • 5 March 09:17, by Midit Mitot

    David, we need peace indeed, we praise our leaders to keep a side the doubts between themselves.

    • 5 March 12:41, by South South

      This is real peace and it will work this time. 3 Kurkoos of NAS (jubaone, The Rhino and Eastern) disappear and that show us one thing, peace us working.

      • 5 March 13:32, by South South

        Ok, IO will get ministry of defense, no problem there, but IO will get governor of Lakes State, I see struggle there for IO.

      • 5 March 13:40, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Skunk!What peace are you talking about here?If jienges can’t have peace in their stinking luaks,how can they bring peace to territories like Equatoria?Genuine peace will only come to South Sudan if brave NAS takes control of Equatoria and all lazy drifters,rapists,thieves and criminals are transported back to Dinkaland,full stop!

        • 5 March 18:05, by jubaone

          Thank you, you have said it all. But this jienge gorilla cant think. From 2005 till today, jiengelands have had peace, but what have they accomplished? Not a single meat factory, not a single water bottling company (anyway, they dont need crystal water) they can drink straight from the streams like cows. Only peaceful Equatoria will bring change to SS.

          • 5 March 20:36, by The Rhino


            It’s truly tragic to witness how these savages ruined South Sudan.Billions of dollars were wasted for nothing!These Dinka bastards and nyagats are the last to be talking about peace,development,reconciliation,forgiveness and all the shit!They’ve got their bloody peace, now they must get the fuck out of Equatoria!Just imagine,if these two tribes can commit heinous crimes against South....

            • 5 March 20:44, by The Rhino


              ..Sudanese and still discard accountability and punishment or look for evil ways to escape/bypass HYBRID COURT & ICC,then to my judgment NO one should expect "peace or stability" in S.Sudan from such groups,..unless of course one is so reckless and money greedy like them.So,fuck’em all!The people must resist and rise up, completely take power & destiny into their hands!!!

            • 11 March 12:37, by Midit Mitot

              The Rhino,

              Do you people need to be slave? if so, continues preaching such a move but make sure that (NAS) Nyam-nyam movement will not bring change until the end of this world.

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