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UN Security Council urges parties to resolve outstanding issues before gov’t formation

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The UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria at the UN headquarters in New York, on April 4, 2018. (photo credit: Li Muzi / Global Look Press)

November 6th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged South Sudan parties to implement “all” the outstanding issues before forming the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU).

South Sudan parties to the revitalized peace agreement are facing a Tuesday deadline in which they are required by the agreement to form a unity government after an initial deadline in May passed without the pre-transitional arrangements in place.

Those arrangements are still pending but President Salva Kiir have said he will form the government next week even without SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Meanwhile Machar said he will not be a party to that government unless the outstanding issues are settled.

In a statement issued today in New York, the world body said a team of its members who have recently traveled to South Sudan have found out that no “substantive” progress had been made as such a peaceful formation of unity government could not take place as scheduled.

“The members of the Security Council received a briefing on the situation in South Sudan from Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan David Shearer,” said the statement reads by the Council’s president, and deputy British Ambassador to the UN, Jonathan Allen.

“The briefing was provided in the context of the approaching deadline of the 12 of November for parties to the peace agreement to form a revitalized transitional government of national unity,” the statement added.

Allen said “members of the Security Council express concern that during their recent visit to South Sudan, they did not observe substantive progress on implementation of key elements of the peace agreement.”

“The members of the security council call on the parties to the peace agreement to publicly reaffirm their commitment to full implementation of the peace agreement, to clear benchmarks on the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire agreement.

“The members of the Security Council call on the parties to make immediate progress on pre-transitional tasks including security arrangements, and a process for the resolution of the number and boundaries of states in order to allow for the peaceful formation of an inclusive transitional government.”

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