South Sudan’s security gaps can only be filled by regional force says UN

JOHANNESBURG, September 19 (ANA) – The outgoing United Nations Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Haysom has warned that security gaps in the world’s newest country can only be filled by regional security forces.

Haysom said on Tuesday that he supported the deployment of forces from regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in South Sudan within the UN peacekeeping force (UNMISS) there.

Haysom, who has been appointed UN special envoy for Somalia from October, also threw his weight behind the revitalised agreement which was signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 12 by the South Sudanese governments and various opposition groups.

Pointing out that the peace deal fell short in certain areas the UN envoy stressed that it could still be an effective platform for peace, “if the parties demonstrate the political will to implement it”.

Haysom says what is critical is the enforcement of the security arrangements, particularly relating to unifying government forces with the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM-IO).

Source – African News Agency (ANA)

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