At UNSC, India focuses on revitalization agreement, election preparations in South Sudan

New York: At a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing on the situation in South Sudan, India highlighted issues related to the implementation of the Revitalization Agreement and election preparedness.

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, R Ravindra noted a series of positive developments in South Sudan and said, “In the coming days, the focus should be to further accelerate the implementation of the Revitalization Agreement, especially Graduated and required integration of the unified force while addressing legislative issues related to electoral preparedness.”

They also welcomed efforts to organize talks between President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar and hoped it would help resolve outstanding issues, including the election timetable.

“The implementation of the transitional security system is critical to the electoral process at the end of the transitional period. Hence the resumption of Rome’s mediation with non-signatories by the Ant’ Egidio community,” the Indian envoy said.

Meanwhile, the security situation in some areas of South Sudan remains weak and the humanitarian situation remains a matter of concern. “Hopefully, the remaining non-signatory groups will also join the government to enter the mainstream,” Ravindra said. The international community, including the United Nations, needs to take steps to bridge the resource and capacity gaps faced by the government. ”

With regard to the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Indian Ambassador to the UNSC noted the improved communication between UNMISS and the government. “The Indian contingent at UNMISS is contributing to the sustainable development and well-being of the people of South Sudan. It is with great satisfaction that the Level-II Plus Hospital in Juba and the Level-II Hospital in Malakal are being operated by the Indian team. At full capacity with a high-end capability,” the Indian envoy said. (ANI)

First published:March 8, 2022, 1:43 am

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