South Sudan: UN calls on leaders to speed up peace process

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The United Nations is calling upon South Sudan’s leaders to speed up action on the country’s tentative peace deal.

Fifteen UN ambassadors arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Sunday, three weeks before a unified transitional government is due to be formed. However, the current government and main opposition group in the world’s youngest nation still disagree on aspects of the proposed transitional period.

UN urges South Sudan leaders to speed up peace process

“There is an opportunity for the leaders of South Sudan to make political compromise and move forward to the next phase of the peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner,” said Kelly Craft, United States ambassador to the UN, during her visit to Juba on Sunday.

The Security Council’s delegation acknowledged the impact of last year’s peace deal, which has all but ended conflict between government and forces of South Sudan’s main rebel group.

“We noted the reduction of political violence which has contributed to the return of 594,000 displaced people, increased food production, enhanced humanitarian access, and increased commerce among communities,” said Jerry Matthews Matjila, the South African ambassador to the UN.

However, key issues such as the implementation of rebel forces into the national army are holding up talks between the two sides ahead of the proposed date for forming a transitional government, which has already been pushed back by six months of the original deadline.

UN Security Council members held lengthy meetings with President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar during their visit, urging all parties involved to reach workable compromises and meet the November 12 deadline for forming a unified transitional government.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.