UN, AU High Level Delegation Pays Visit To Bentiu To Asses Political And Security Situation

A joint delegation from the United Nations and the Africa Union on Tuesday paid a visit to Bentiu to assess the political and security situation in South Sudan.

UN, AU High Level Delegation Pays Visit To Bentiu To Asses Political And Security Situation
UN Undersecretary General for peacekeeping operation Jean-pierre Lacroix greeting community leaders in Bntiu PoC Site [Gurtong photo|James Gatluok]

 By James Gatluok

BENTIU, 09 October 2018 [Gurtong] -
The visiting delegation headed by the UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operation, Jean-pierre Lacroix held a meeting with government officials, women groups from the protection of civilians’ site and their counterpart living in Rubkona and Bentiu town.

Lacroix emphasized on the role being played by the United Nations towards the full implementation of the peace agreement and urged full inclusivity of women in the peace process.

“The peace agreement will not be a reality if women are not taking part in the peace process. Women voices should be heard so that they become part of the peace process,” he said.

The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the women that she will stand in solidarity with them to bring change in South Sudan.

“Change is inevitable; Change will only come when we work together with the people of South Sudan as we know South Sudanese can make their own change a reality.”

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said “now the peace agreement has been signed, this is the right time to reach out to these women and children and inform them about the step we are taking and give them the hope, that we are doing everything to bring them back to their normal lives in their own communities,” he said.

The Chairperson of the protection of civilian site in Bentiu, Mr. Angelo Gatwech   appealed to the UN and Africa union delegation to pressure the political leaders in South Sudan to implement the revitalized peace agreement.

“Our leaders need to understand the situation we are in and this is the time they must do what ever they can to bring lasting peace, you can also put more pressure on them to speed up the implementation process.”

 

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