EXTENSION, Created positive anxiety in public

By: Nema Juma

The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. David Shearer said the 100 days’ extension of the pre-transitional period has eased anxiety at least temporarily because the ceasefire will be preserved and the implementation of agreement can continue.

Speaking to Journalists yesterday, Mr. David Shearer stated that nevertheless, at the grassroots level, some people are still expressing disappointment and even anger for further delay.

“They told us that they are frustrated by what they are seeing as a failure to unite the country despite the promises made and they are beginning to feel disillusioned,” David said.

He stated that the people they spoke to frequently raise the point of political wrangles, rather than what is in the best interest of the people, is dominating.

He said that people of South Sudan crave peace –durable peace, adding that too many people continue to suffer.

He also stressed that about 7.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and at least 900,000 people have been affected by flooding which caused widespread destruction, washed away crops, destroyed homes and also contaminated water supplies.

“ UN and humanitarian partners have responded quickly in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap, Northern Bahr-Ghazal, Unity, Lakes, Central and Eastern Equatoria,” Mr. David said.

He stated that food and relief items have been distributed to people in Maban, water and health items have been transported to Pibor and work to prevent waterborne disease is underway in all the worst-hit areas.

“We support the IGAD’S effort to establish a robust mechanism to ensure the parties meet those benchmarks,” Shearer said.

He added that there were several issues that they believe and need particular attention and the key ingredient is political will, and if the parties want to fully implement the agreement and form the transitional government, they can, if that will exist.

“We are also hearing that lack of food at some sites is leaving soldiers with no choice but to leave and move elsewhere to meet their basic needs,” David said.

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