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Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General, photo Credit: UNMISS

UN urges government to secure funding for pending peace tasks

The transitional government of national unity has been urged to secure adequate finances for implementation of the pending critical provisions in the 2023/2024 fiscal year budget.

This was revealed by Nicholas Haysom, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said that the unification of the army command structure and the deployment plan need to be sat tracked by the parties.

He also said that phase two of the training of the second batch of unified forces has not yet commenced.

“Therefore, we call on the government of national unity to take necessary steps to proceed with security sector reform,” Haysom said during the opening of RJMEC plenary meeting at Beijing Hotel.

“The implementation institutions continue to raise funding constraints or weak funding, while reserve national budget is waiting to be deliberated on in parliament, we urge the government to seek adequate funding in 2023/2024 budget for the implementation of the remaining provisions,” he added.

Haysom said that the 2018 revitalized peace deal remains a transformative arrangement, of great significance not only to South Sudanese but to the region.

Charles Tai Gituai, the interim Chairperson for Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, said that collective attention remains on the very pressing issues regarding the implementation of the revitalized peace deal.

Gituai revealed that there is no significant progress in terms of the much-needed reconstitution of the National Constitutional Review Commission, and the establishment of other critical constitution-making bodies.

“Overall, implementation of the R-ARCSS is far behind the Roadmap timelines, and there seems to be no sense of urgency. A lot of work remains to be done if the Roadmap timelines are to be adhered to as promised,” he said.

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