UN Special Representative Nicholas Haysom said that although key provisions of the Agreement will end in February, the parties agreed in August on aRoute extend the current transition period by 24 months.
While a welcome development, he reminded that “there is no alternative to implementing the peace agreement”.
“Let me emphasize that the road map is a journey, not an end,” he said.
Comprehensive political process
The MISS The leader highlighted the importance of an inclusive political process and the opening of civic spaces as a “essential condition” for a strong and competitive electoral process.
He then outlined a number of steps that are underway – from President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar’s agreement to resolve the parliamentary deadlock, to graduating from the country’s first class of rookies. joint armed forces – where budgeting resources, integration and deployment, are critical to enabling a broader transformation of the security sector.
Mr. Haysom warned: “Failure to address these important issues… has the potential to reverse the gains already achieved.
He went on to describe violence at the regional level, marked by cycles of cattle fishing, kidnapping and revenge killing along with fighting in the Upper Nile state that has displaced thousands.
The Special Representative reports that while conflict-related violence is also on the rise, UNMISS continues to support prevention through policy frameworks and other areas.
He told the ambassadors: “The mission is strengthening the support of the judicial chain in each state… to tackle crimes that threaten to destabilize the peace, including those involving violence in the world. gender basis.
Mr. Haysom said that UNMISS has tried to achieve a “dual axis” in its focus and operations, by shifting resources towards the political process; proactively deploying to hot spots of violence; and extend its protective presence to civilians.
He assured that South Sudan’s natural resources had “huge potential” for conflict or cooperation.
“Politics can always make a difference.”
Turning to the humanitarian situation, he acknowledged that food security continues to deteriorate, leaving an estimated 8.3 million people in need and overusing existing financial resources.
Noting that the Humanitarian Response Plan was only funded by 44.6%, he urged donors to fulfill their commitments.
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He affirmed that the next few months will be “a tough test” for the parties to demonstrate their commitment to the Roadmap, warning of “delays and setbacks”.
Concluding, the Special Representative reaffirmed the importance of the support of the international community.
He concluded: “Our shared mission now is to assist the parties in fulfilling their obligations to the people of South Sudan over the timeline of the Roadmap.
Meanwhile, Lilian Riziq, President, South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network discussed an inclusive and wide-ranging process for all key participants, emphasizing the need for a process New transition management.
She stressed that election timelines are indispensable, noting that four years later, revived levels of deal enforcement have failed to bring security or end humanitarian misery.
She also highlighted the ways in which South Sudan’s precious oil revenues have been misused.