UNHCR welcomes South Sudan agreement to revive peace process

Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the recent agreement by the South Sudan government and opposition groups to revive the stalled peace process, and called for the inclusion of refugees in shaping the destiny of the country.

The agreement was signed on 21 December between the rival parties of the conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the High-Level Revitalization Forum. It aims to revitalise the 2015 peace agreement, cease hostilities, ease humanitarian access, ensure civilian protection and introduce sanctions on those violating the accord.

‘‘The latest initiative comes as a ray of hope for the South Sudanese who have witnessed the ravages of war since 2013,’’ said Arnauld Akodjenou, the UNHCR Special Envoy for the South Sudan situation, on Saturday.

Akodjenou said he hoped South Sudan would achieve peace and that parties would not dash the hopes of millions who had endured suffering for far too long.

‘‘We are calling for unreserved support to translate this agreement on paper into silencing the guns throughout South Sudan,’’ he added.

UNHCR said it is particularly heartened that the agreement upholds the rights of the South Sudan refugees and those displaced inside the country with references to assure the civilian character of settlements - urging the parties to actively pursue solutions on their behalf.

The Agreement is expected to breathe a new life into a fraught peace process and will renew aspirations for peace among the four million people driven from their homes in the world’s youngest nation - including 2 million refugees hosted in six neighbouring asylum countries who have witnessed several peace initiatives come to pass without results.
-0- PANA MA/VAO 24Dec2017

24 Dezembro 2017 10:55:13

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