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The Special Representative of Secretary- General in the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, speaks during a press conference in Juba (Photo: John Agok)

UN Chief calls for people’s constitutional making process

By John Agok

The Special Representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan has called for inclusivity in the on-going Permanent Constitution –Making process.

Mr. Nicholas Haysom echoed a call on Thursday during his first ever press conference in Juba where he urged the peace parties to be committed towards implementing the agreement’s provisions.

“Constitution – making process must be inclusive by meeting people’s huge expectations especially on how they want to be governed. This upcoming permanent constitution can bring durable peace in the Country and also pave ways for free and fair elections”, he said. 

Haysom has so far spent six weeks in Juba since he assumed his office in South Sudan.

The UN Chief revealed the aspects of Constitution making process, borders issues and how to respond to hotspots in the security affected areas in South Sudan were major concerns. 

He admitted that the security situation was still fragile despite the peace deal in the country.

He pledged to closely monitor the process of constitution making that is expected to lead to democratic and good governance.

“UNMISS will support and continue to monitor parties delegates that are tasked to conform the people expected permanent constitution-making process”, he added.

Haysom also affirmed his mission’s commitment towards supporting peace process as theycontinue to protect the civilians across the Country.

“The mission mandate will continue to support peace process in South Sudan by deploying its troops to hotspots areas. We encourage parties to R-ARCSS to make bold decision in graduating Unifying forces to maintain security”, he concluded. 

United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Chief Mr. Nicholas Haysom has been serving for twenty years in two Sudan as the UN special Envoy.

He now serves in South Sudan as the Special Representative of the Secretary General after replacing Mr. David Shearer this year.

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