Shearer: Agreement heightened doubt and frustration

UN Special Representative of the secretary-general David Shearer briefed the Media on Tuesday, 9 February 2021

UN Special Representative of the secretary-general David Shearer has blamed slow implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The Revitalized peace agreement was signed in September 2018, but there is no smooth implementation. Many keys provision issues include the formation of the Unity government, the graduation of joint security forces, and reunification of soldiers still pending.

The Head of UN Mission says that despite all effort made on the pace of implementation, lack of commitment among the signatories to the agreement will jeopardize the peace deal to hold elections at the end of the transitional government of national unity.

Mr. Shearer warned that slow implementation would open opportunities’ for “peace spoilers” to exploit local tension and fuel conflict.

UN noted that they had seen a recent increase in sub-national violence in Maban, Warrap, Jonglei, and Akobo. 

He explained current unfold situation has given them broader views to following up on the Jonglei conference government hosted in January this year to look at the root cause of the conflict.

 “UNMISS has increased patrols to the potential hotspot, and this week, we plan to deploy peacekeepers to seven temporary operating bases across the country. If we can deploy early in this dry season, we have better success to prevent violence before it happens,” said David Shearer.

In the press conference, the UN confirmed the Bor-Juba protection site’s smooth transition to the unity government. The South Sudan National Police Service is in charge of security in the former POC site located at the Yei checkpoint. 

UN boss disclosed Bentiu site should be re-designated in the next couple of weeks as a transition discussion is underway government of the state. And “Malakal POC transition might take longer.”

Shearer stressed they would support SSNPS by building professional policing and justice in the court of law so that judges can hear crime and punish perpetrators. 

We (UN) believe that it is very important because there is accountability if you have committed a crime; you are likely to be punished, and you are likely to go to court.”

Shearer says he is looking forward to seeing the collaborative approach in working, trust and confidence between the displaced community and police.

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