South Sudanese Ambassador to UN stresses on resolution of South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict

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The Ambassador of South Sudanese to the United Nations, Francis Deng, spoke at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) consultations meeting where he said that the implementation of security arrangements will be compromised without the resolution of South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict. This is the first time that Deng has addressed the Council in his capacity as Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Sudan.

The UNSC consolations meeting had 15 members discussing a report by the UN Secretary General on the activities of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, presented a report and told the Council that the slow progress in the implementation of the 27 September cooperation deal, which includes the resumption of oil exportation, will adversely impact the economic and social stability of South Sudan.

Ladsous said that since South Sudan on oil revenues are important and that further delay in generating revenue will negatively affect Government development programs as well as could lead to tensions within its different components, including the security services.

"While the country has remained stable for the past four months, the situation in the state of Jonglei is still challenging", he said.

Mr. Ladsous said progress towards inter-communal reconciliation has been slow, and urged a comprehensive and inclusive political process led by the Government to address the core grievance of constituencies.

Efforts to support capacity-building for South Sudan police forces are also critical, Mr. Ladsous said. “However, progress in this area requires key complementary legal and administrative reforms and significant resources which have been lacking so far,” he said, adding that the country will require sustained attention and investment to successfully build its infrastructure and resources in this regard.

Ambassador Deng clarified that South Sudan Government is eager to implement the security arrangements and blamed Sudan for causing the delays.

Deng said, "It is clear that unless there can be a dialogue (between Sudan and SPLM-N) on the basis of previous agreements, including the CPA and last year’s 28 June agreement, it will be difficult to implement the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) and Joint Border Verification Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM)"

He blamed Sudan for placing additional demands on security issues that go far beyond the scope of the 27th September agreements.

It may be recalled, the Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein has called for a political and security committee meeting on 5 and 6 December in Khartoum.

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