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Nicholas Haysom expresses UN support for permanent constitution making

Juba, South Sudan, June 04, 2021 – The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy to South Sudan Nicholas Haysom has pledged to support the permanent constitution-making process as pressure mounts on parties to expedite the implementation of outstanding chapters of the agreement.

Nicholas Haysom expresses UN support for permanent constitution making
Nicholas Haysom, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to South Sudan (photo credit: UNMISS)

This comes after the workshop on the permanent constitution-making process in capital Juba, a constitution expected to reflect the will of citizens and pave a way to a free, fair, and inclusive election in the country slated for 2023.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Haysom said the Security Council extended the mandate of the UN mission in the country for another year as the world body seeks to hold South Sudan back from sliding back to another war.

The top UN official also emphasized the need to prevent subnational violence that is still flaring up in particular places across South Sudan.“Without peace, meaningful infrastructure development, water, electricity, and best Universities cannot take place.

“Without peace, internal and external displaced families cannot return back to their places, without real and lasting peace, progress in almost every aspect of South Sudan’s social, economic, and political life is impossible”, Haysom said.

In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Haysom said he believes that it is only genuine peace through which citizens can guarantee a better future stressing that the need for a permanent constitution in the country is in the best interest of all citizens describing it as a “crucial phenomenon for sovereignty”.

Despite the fact that the responsibility of South Sudanese citizens’ safety and security lies in the hands of their government, the United Nations peace-keeping mission and other humanitarian actors are doing their best in what they can to ensure that the inter-communal bloodshed is avoided.

“We are rebalancing our military peacekeepers to take a nimble, robust, and proactive approach to the protection of civilians. We are deploying troops to conflict hotspots, setting up temporary bases, and intensifying patrols to deter conflict,” said Haysom.“

He added that they’re trying their best to protect and guarantee the safety of the humanitarian workers, urging politicians and civil society leaders to utilize and support the peace for the common good of the citizens.

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