UN official urges end to fighting as she concludes two-day visit to the war-ravaged South Sudan
July 5th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who visited South Sudan this week has urged the warring parties to end fighting in the young African country as she concludes a two-day tour to South Sudan.
Speaking to reporters in the nation’s capital Juba on Wednesday, the UN envoy called for the end to the current conflict shortly after meeting President Salva Kiir and urged the warring parties to embrace dialogue as the only way to end the almost five-year conflict that has witnessed the Africa’s worse refugee crisis in its modern history.
“We are seeing that there is a peace accord that could happen and that is another opportunity for South Sudan to rebirth and to rebirth in a way that takes concrete steps to include everyone,” she told journalists in Juba.
The UN diplomat arrived on Tuesday in the South Sudanese capital Juba as a part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation that seeks to promote and enhance women’s participation in peace building and development, and was accompanied by the AU’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.
The delegations led by the UN diplomat visited UN-manned camps where she met several victims of gender-based and sexual violence in the country, and the delegation officially launched a center which will be used for treating victims of gender-based and sexual violence.
“This delegation is here to constantly remind the world that these problems are not over, they are urgent and we need to deal with them now,” Mohammed said.
She added that there is hope that the South Sudanese people and women in particular to succeed to have their inspiration realized.
“For us, there is hope, it is tough. It is going to be a long journey and we need to accompany the South Sudanese women and people to succeed in having their aspirations realized,” she said
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and the main armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon whose forces have been fighting against each other signed a permanent ceasefire agreement last month in Khartoum restoring hope that the talks aimed at restoring peace and stability in the world’s youngest nation will product a permanent peace for the country which has been in conflict since December 2013.