10 Dec 2018

 

Visiting UN, AU Delegation Encouraged By Commitment To Implement New Peace Agreement

A joint delegation of the African Union and United Nations to South Sudan have expressed satisfaction in what they termed 'positive steps' to implement the peace agreement following a four day visit to South Sudan to assess the political and security situation.

Visiting UN, AU Delegation Encouraged By Commitment To Implement New Peace Agreement
The joint delegation of the African Union and United Nations to South Sudan [Courtesy|UNMISS]

 By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 9 October 2018 [Gurtong]-“We as UN and African Union, indeed we are ready to help South Sudan we are encouraged by the measures taken by the government after the signing of the agreement,” said the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui.

“The challenges are ahead of us, but let’s just take note today that everybody wants to implement the agreement fully, and we will hold accountable anyone going the other way,” he added.

Ambassador Smail was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday after a four-day visit to the country together with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, Dr. Specioza Wandera Kazibwe; and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The delegation also visited Bentiu and met with women leaders and organizations, including those living in the Protection of Civilian sites. They also meet with the leadership and personnel of the UN system.

However, the delegation warned that they will hold accountable anyone going astray in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement following what they called “encouraging steps” shown by the parties.

“The level of violence and killings has really decreased greatly, after signing of the agreement some people want to go home,” ambassador Smail added.

The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security added that they will go back with a “positive message, the message of encouragement for the level of political will and political determination that we have noted both here and in the local level.”

Ambassador Smail said that the parties should ensure implementation of the peace agreement included everybody especially women and youth.

The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in their conversation with women, they (women) wanted to also be included in the security sector reform.

She said they were concerned about the inclusion of women in all governance positions, and urged the women to organize themselves to take up the 35 percent allocated for them by the Agreement.

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the joint visit was to express solidarity with the people of South Sudan after signing the Revitalized peace Agreement.

Lacroix said they will inform the AU Peace and Security Council that the agreement in the country is an encouraging step and that the responsibility is on the parties to implement it but be supported towards implementation of the peace agreement.

 “We have a glimpse of hope in South Sudan with the Revitalized Agreement although there is a long way to go to achieve peace in South Sudan, it is encouraging and we are ready to help as a team of African Union and the United Nations,” said the Undersecretary of Peace Keeping Operations.

Mr Lacroix added that the joint AU, UN delegation acknowledged that full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement was the responsibility of the parties to the peace agreement.

“We are looking for further improvement in the security situation and other such positive signals that will certainly generate confidence and mobilization from the international community,” he added.

The delegation will today brief the African Union Peace and Security Council about their visit to South Sudan.








 

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