UNMISS Boss: Conditions improving in South Sudan
The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan said there is reason to be hopeful that the country’s transitional government will succeed.
David Shearer said that following the signing of a new peace agreement, conditions have greatly improved from when former Vice President Riek Machar fled Juba in 2016.
Shearer said Tuesday that the government has control of more territory, and there’s an enormous push by the people of South Sudan for real change.
“And I don’t think either side can turn their back on that. And together with the way that the peace negotiations were conducted, it brought both sides together, and they were able to agree on the basic framework for going forward,” Shearer said at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Shearer acknowledged “some tricky issues going forward,” and said while no agreement is perfect, the U.N. feels it is an agreement “that offers the best chance in a long while for moving South Sudan in the right direction.”
Shearer also said that while the U.N. is very mindful of the pitfalls that lie ahead, it is cautiously optimistic both sides are “committed to going down that path. And if that happens, it’ll make an enormous change to South Sudan.”
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