UN chief reaffirms commitment to South Sudan following signing of peace deal

6 August 2018

An agreement signed by the main rivals in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict has been hailed by the United Nations Secretary-General as “an important step” towards ending the crisis there.

António Guterres has reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to support the achievement of a fair and sustainable peace agreement for the country.

South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, making it the world’s youngest nation. However, the country has been mired in nearly five years of deadly violence stemming from the political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

On Sunday, the two leaders signed a deal in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, aimed at resolving issues of governance and responsibility-sharing, in connection with a stalled peace agreement signed in August 2015.

To find out more about these developments, Dianne Penn spoke to David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), who is based in the capital, Juba.

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