UNMISS calls for urgent release of funds, graduation of unified forces

Trainers during a military parade at the Mapel Military Training Center |Photo: File

Dec 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–Reporting to the UN Secretary-General, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, calls on South Sudanese leaders to disburse the funds earmarked for the graduation of the necessary unified forces that are currently being trained across the country.

The peacekeeping mission remains deeply concerned about the delay in implementing security arrangements that has impeded and undermined trust between the Parties.

“I remain worried about the implementation of the transitional security arrangement, which has effectively stalled, while a series of defections within the parties has led to increased instability and undermining of trust. The nexus between slow implementation of political benchmarks and delayed security provisions has been one of the factors that have allowed intercommunal violence throughout South Sudan to continue unchecked.”

The UN added that, “the timely and substantive implementation of the Agreement, including of the transitional security arrangement, is imperative to sustaining momentum.”

“I strongly urge the parties to demonstrate the political will necessary to advance the implementation of the transitional security arrangement, including by urgently committing resources to graduate the first group of necessary unified forces and by articulating an overarching security sector policy.”

The call comes as the implementation of the peace agreement has come to a standstill amid reports of violations of the Permanent Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities.