South Sudan

Outgoing UN Representative: South Sudan Remains Fragile

Ellen Margrethe Løj

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan, prescription Ellen Margrethe Løj who is retiring this month has said the young nation remains fragile in terms of security and risks more ethnic violence.

Ms. Løj gave her last briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday strongly appealing to the world peace monitoring body to continue making South Sudan a priority in any decision undertakings for the sake of her suffering population.

“The people of South Sudan have suffered far too much and for far too long. The victims of this conflict still carry hope and have high expectations from the international community, cure ” She told the Council.

She also appealed to the political and military leaders in the country to focus on peace building, “I urge all involved and especially the South Sudanese leaders never to lose sight of the ultimate goal – a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of South Sudan,” she added.

Ms. Løj underscored that the difference between the success and failure of the South Sudanese Peace Agreement lay in its comprehensive and inclusive implementation by its parties and called for sustained regional and international support to the country.

She stressed that the situation remains volatile with fights going on in the Greater Equatorias, oil rich Unity State and Bahr el Ghazel.

The envoy also said the increasingly fragmented conflict – often with ethnic undertones – continued to push the country towards further division and risked a full-scale civil conflict.

Ms. Løj added that the humanitarian situation remained dire with close to 5m people facing severe food insecurity despite interventions from various agencies.

She is stepping down from these positions at the end of November.


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