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UN pledges support to gov’t for durable peace

By Moses Gum Degur

Ms. Jan Beagle, the United Nations Undersecretary General for Management (file Photo)

The United Nations Undersecretary-General for Management Jan Beagle has expressed commitment to support the government in achieving durable peace in the country.

Jan Beagle made the statement on a sideline meeting with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs’ Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro, at the ministry’s premises yesterday.

Speaking to the press, the UN senior official explained that her visit to the country was important since it was aimed at learning more about the country and how best the UN Mission in South Sudan (UMNISS) could give support to the government and the people to achieve lasting peace.

She said her trip was also meant to meet with government to discuss issues of mutual concern, learn more about the country’s stance on the National Dialogue and how it complement the peace agreement implementation process.

“I am here for the first time to visit South Sudan. The reason of my coming is to learn more generally about the situation in the country. We held a very fruitful meeting with the government and we are ready to bring peace. It is our hope for peace to be achieved in South Sudan”, Ms. Beagle said.

She said after learning the situation of the country and the government’s commitment to peace, the UN is in position to support the National Dialogue and the peace process in the country.

Ms. Beagle praised the commitment of UNMISS to support the government and people of South Sudan in achieving last and durable peace.

On his part, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro, applauded the role of Ms. Beagle in her capacity as the United Nations’ Undersecretary-General for Management in pledging support to the government and the people of South Sudan in their pursuit for lasting peace.

He said South Sudan needed peace, therefore it was a prerequisite for the United Nations and partners to give the needed support to the government.

Dr. Lomoro noted that the government was committed and ready to solve all  problems at all levels in the country through National Dialogue being the way of bringing peace to the country.

“We in the government of South Sudan are committed to peace agreement as the only way to solve the problems of this country. We managed to implement 49.9 percent of the peace agreement, 17 percent in progress and the remaining 33 percent not yet implemented according to the compiled report”, Dr. Lomuro stated.

He said acceptance of the peace revitalisation, the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) and the initiation of the National Dialogue were indicators that the government was ready and committed to achieving lasting peace.

Minister Lomoro urged the UN to transfer the UNMISS branch office in Uganda to South Sudan for South Sudanese nationals to get employment opportunities. He also said he noticed that all the UNMISS operations were being managed from Kampala, which he said, was a signals that employment opportunities for South Sudanese were very low.

Dr. Lomuro added that South Sudan nationals were not benefiting from employment at the UN since there were no fair engagement to boost their experiences. Dr. Lomoro stressed that such opportunities were needed for young people to enable them get employment opportunities since the country was a UN-member state.

Ms. Beagle is paying a four-day visit to South Sudan. She is expected to visit Malakal today (Wednesday).


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