UN Security Council to visit South Sudan

By Mandela Nelson Denis

Members of the United Nations Security Council will visit South Sudan at the end of this month, David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General said yesterday.

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security.

Mr. David Shearer who briefed the Security Council last week about the peace process said members of the Council will visit the country in order to “see the situation firsthand and put their weight behind the peace process.”

He said logistic arrangements were being made to ensure their coming by the end of October.

The UNMISS chief said he was optimistic about the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in the remaining six weeks.

Mr. Shearer said there is good momentum in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

He said UNMISS will work to help maintain the momentum in order to bring peace.

“There has been strong momentum in peacebuilding at the grassroots level with more than 130 peace meetings held across the country and the Security Council signaled its strong desire for the momentum of the peace process to be maintained,” Shearer said.

He added that that in the past months, security environment in the country has improved, allowing some IDPs to return to their homes.

“Thanks to the relative calm, nearly 600,000 displaced people have returned home in the past year, the humanitarian access has improved and food production has also increased as people began planting again,” he said.

Mr. Shearer also acknowledged the efforts exerted by the Government and Opposition members by working closely in Juba.

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