WASHINGTON – South Sudan’s Vice-President for Gender and Youth Cluster Rebecca Garang De Mabior has told world leaders gathering in New York for the 76th United Nations General Assembly that the security arrangements provided for in the revitalized peace agreement is the most challenging part of the peace agreement.
Mrs. Garang who was speaking before the General Assembly to address world leaders on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit said, however, that the “the glass remains half-empty” in implementing a permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, she said, noting the urgency for a unified army.
“The security sector reform is the most challenging part of the Agreement as it contains elements at the center of the violent conflicts in the country. Building sustainable peace requires inclusivity, collective investment, determination, diligence, and patience,” Garang said.
The South Sudanese deputy president further stressed that the world’s youngest country is, despite the challenges, determined to learn from the past.
“We must make the Revitalized Peace Agreement succeed, and we can only do that with the support of our regional and international partners. Simply stated, South Sudan desires and is ready to turn a new page,” she said.