Ban Ki Moon Arrives South Sudan To Push For Peace

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday arrived South Sudan capital, Juba in an effort to push forward the stuck peace implementation process.

Ban Ki-Moon Arrives In South Sudan To Push For Peace
Ban Ki-Moon Arriving South Sudan [UNMISS media]

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 25 February 2016 [Gurtong]: Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation hailed the visit of Ban Ki-Moon saying it will push for peace in the country.

“His [Ban-Ki-Moon] coming here is to push forward the peace process that was signed and the President assured him of our commitment to the implementation of the peace agreement” said Marial.

He further said, “The Secretary General also assured His Excellency the President that he will urge Riek Machar to come to Juba as soon as possible so that the Transitional Government of Unity (TGoNU) can be formed” Marial added.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also said that the President and Ban Ki Moon also discussed on the humanitarian issues in which the President assured the S.G that all the humanitarian agencies are all given free access to deliver food in all the areas of South Sudan.

“The Secretary General also assured the President that the United Nation will be doing its best in the Republic of South Sudan once it has political stability – once the TGoNU – is formed, they will be able to give more assistance” Marial said.

“They discuss also about the relation between UNMISS and the government and that there should be cooperation” he said referring to Kiir and Ki-Moon.

“The issue of Malakal was discussed and that the investigations are going on both on the part of the government and the UNMISS to find out the reasons of which led to the crisis that happened at the PoC camp” he said.

The United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) announced on Wednesday the visit of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Republic of South Sudan.

The UN Mission said Ban Ki Moon will meet with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and further hold discussions with the protection of civilians (PoC) site representatives to seek their views first hand.

“….. While in Juba, the Secretary-General will receive members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN Funds, Agencies and Programs, and address UN staff and peacekeepers” said Ariane Quentier, UNMISS Spokesperson.

South Sudanese warring leaders reached a peace accord in August last year after having engaged in nearly two years of conflict.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit accused his sacked Vice President turned rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar of plotting a coup against his government. Mr. Machar has now been reinstated back by the President as the First Vice President.

The two were supposed to have formed the TGoNU with both faces of the warring groups beginning of this year however, it has not yet materialised.

Ban Ki Moon’s visit is seen as another mile stone that will push the warring leaders to quickly implement the agreement and have the suffering lives of civilians return to normalcy.

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