JUBA, 4 June 2021 – The UN head of mission to South Sudan says the peacekeepers in the war-torn country will do more to guarantee the success of the peace process.

Nicholas Hayson said UNMISS, as the mission is known, will do everything to offer more protection for civilians and prevent a complete relapse into civil war.

South Sudan - Source Central Banking

South Sudan – Source Central Banking

UNMISS Boss Nicholas Hayson - Photo Radio Tamazuj

UNMISS Boss Nicholas Hayson – Photo Radio Tamazuj

“We are rebalancing our military peacekeepers to take on a more robust and proactive approach to the protection of civilians,” Haysom told reporters in the capital, Juba.

“We are deploying troops to conflict hotspots, setting up temporary bases, and intensifying patrols to deter conflicts,” Hayson added.

UN Peacekeepers in South Sudan - Photo from UNMISS on Twitter

UN Peacekeepers in South Sudan – Photo from UNMISS on Twitter

Numerous ethnic clashes and other acts of violence include banditry have racked South Sudan in recent months leading a panel of UN experts to warn lat April that a return to large-scale conflict was possible.

Former arch-rivals – President Salva Kiir and his now First Vice-President Riek Machar – formed a unity government in February 2020, but violence and insecurity have continued.

Famine Looms in War-torn South Sudan - Photo Deutsche Welle

Famine Looms in War-torn South Sudan – Photo Deutsche Welle

South Sudan’s “peace remains fragile”, Hayson told reporters, urging the former rivals to do everything within their power to fully implement the revitalized peace agreement.

Nicholas Haysom Lands in Juba in his New Role as Secretary-General’s Special Representative -Photo Gregorio Cunha, UN News

Nicholas Haysom Shortly after Landing in Juba last April in the Role of Secretary-General’s Special Representative – Photo Gregorio Cunha, UN News

Hayson said parties to the conflict and all stakeholders in the revitalized peace agreement should take bold decisions to safeguard and consolidate peace, including notably finalizing the unification of security forces.

The South Sudanese presidency criticized a decision earlier this week by the UN Security Council to renew sanctions against the country for an additional year, saying it would constitute an obstacle in the full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) monitors, investigates, verifies, and reports on violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, including those that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, according to the mission’s website.

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