12 Dec 2019

 

“The Agreement Needs To Be Supported”, David Shearer Of UNMISS

"...we must all come together and get in behind the process so that concrete outcomes are achieved. The cost of failure is unthinkable. So, the responsibility lies with all of us to move forward together to make this agreement a reality."

 

Partial Remarks of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Mr David Shearer On Peace implementation in South Sudan - 27 March 2019:
“My very strong view – and it’s one that I shared with the Security Council – is that there is no Plan B. There is only a Plan A – the peace agreement that we have in front of us – and this path forward. But, for it to have a chance to work, the agreement needs to be supported.
“A peace that falters will generate frustration, anger and a possible return to violence, that could equal that of 2013 and 2016. We cannot allow that to happen.
“Like others, we have our concerns about the peace process. Progress lags behind what is expected. But there is no perfect process. And for our part, UNMISS is committed to continuing to focus attention and resources on making it work.
“Certainly, a year ago, most of us, including myself, did not believe we would be where we are today. We have arrived at this point because of the commitment of the parties and the leadership and drive largely from IGAD, most particularly Sudan. And for that reason, it is absolutely critical that IGAD continues to play a robust and active role in the months ahead.
“There are challenges ahead of us. Many of the obstacles today were unresolved when the peace agreement was signed. They are tough issues. We need a clear roadmap – and detailed, realistic work plans – for the international community to invest in the process.
“The Government must also step up and take the lead by making a strong financial contribution. It is important that the various committees do not become bogged down in minutiae and procedural discussions at the cost of making real progress.
“But most importantly, we must all come together and get in behind the process so that concrete outcomes are achieved. The cost of failure is unthinkable. So, the responsibility lies with all of us to move forward together to make this agreement a reality."
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