The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity marked its two-year anniversary against a backdrop of stalled constitutional progress and ongoing cycles of community violence – often fueled by political groups and armed militias – according to the United Nations chief in the country in a briefing to the UN security Council yesterday.
. “As we enter the remaining 12 months of the transitional period … we are mindful of the accumulation of unfulfilled commitments and the imperative to address them in the limited time at hand,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan and head of the United Nation mission in the country.
Recalling that 22 February marked two years since the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity, the Special Representative reported that the country’s ceasefire largely continues to hold, and civilian casualties have dropped significantly.
“Stakeholders agree that the sluggish implementation pace is a cause of disillusionment amongst the South Sudanese,” said the Special Representative.
Noting that sub-national violence continues to spread in some parts of the country, the Special Representative cited both perennial conflicts and emerging conflicts that span the borders of the states and regions.
Meanwhile, the country’s overall humanitarian needs are projected to continue growing in 2022 – the third consecutive year of flooding – as the situation continues to be exacerbated by insecurity and the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN mission has responded with humanitarian support and has established 200 temporary operating bases to prevent and respond to conflict hotspots. It is also leveraging its capacities to support political solutions.
UNMISS also stands ready to provide technical advice on constitutional and electoral matters, said Mr. Hayom, noting that its strategic interventions have contributed to a 42 per cent decline in civilian casualties over the past year.
“This Mission, as ever, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people as they collectively chart their way forward towards sustainable peace,” he said.