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UN special envoy supports permanent constitution making

June 6, 2021 — UN’s Special Envoy to South Sudan, Nicolas Haysom expressed his full support for the establishment of a permanent constitution in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan.

President Salva Kiir meeting the new Special Representative of UN Secretary General and the Head of UNMISS Nicholas Haysom on Wednesday, 5 May 2021(Photo credit: J1/Nyamilepedia)
President Salva Kiir meeting the new Special Representative of UN Secretary General and the Head of UNMISS Nicholas Haysom on Wednesday, 5 May 2021(Photo credit: J1/Nyamilepedia)

This comes after the workshop of the permanent constitution making process done in the capital Juba last week.

According to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, the permanent constitution should reflect the will of the citizens and pave a way to free, fair and an inclusive election in the country.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Haysom said the Security Council recognizes the imperative of peace building and has directed UNMISS to advance a strategic vision to make sure that the country of South Sudan is back to full political stability.

Nicolas said the United Nations will continue to support building of a lasting peace at national levels and also support good governance that will organize fair elections. 

The top UN official also emphasized the need to prevent sub-national violence that is still flaring up across South Sudan saying without peace, the country will never move forward.

 “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 extended to Nyamilepedia, Haysom said he believes that it is only a 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.

He further described it as “a crucial phenomenon for sovereignty”.

Despite the fact that the responsibility of South Sudanese citizens lies in the hands of their government but United Nations peacekeeping mission and other humanitarian actors are doing the best 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.

He concluded by urging politicians and civil society leaders to utilize and support the peace for the common good of the citizens.

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