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Speech: The Government of South Sudan must stop violence and deliver basic services to their people: UK Statement at the UN Security Council

Thank you. Thank you also to SRSG Haysom and to our briefers for their updates. I also welcome the presence of the Permanent Representative of South Sudan in our meeting today. We call upon the South Sudanese authorities to respect the SOFA and where necessary ensure thorough investigations take place to ensure accountability. Violence has caused significant loss of life, displaced thousands of civilians, and led to large-scale abductions of women and children. The United Kingdom commends UNMISS’s continued efforts to protect civilians under such challenging circumstances. The UK endorses their calls on the Government of South Sudan to stop violence, end corruption, and deliver basic services for the South Sudanese people. In closing, President, the United Kingdom remains committed to the South Sudanese people’s quest for peace, prosperity and democracy.  The leadership must now deliver real change to that end. Recent legislative steps, such as progress on the Constitution-Making Process Bill and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority, are welcome. Third, we reiterate our call for the South Sudanese Government to remove all constraints on humanitarian access, and to act urgently to address ongoing theft of humanitarian resources. It is imperative that safe, unimpeded help can reach the most vulnerable, including those along the River Nile. Second, I would like to note our concerns about the escalation of subnational conflict across South Sudan. First, I would like to echo the messages delivered by the Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Moderator of the Church of Scotland during their historic visit to South Sudan. The Church leaders were clear that failure to implement the peace agreement is driving subnational conflict and humanitarian suffering. The key is now to implement such laws. We also call on the Government to take immediate steps to reconstitute the Political Parties Council and adopt The National Elections Act, among other urgent tasks. We echo SRSG Haysom’s message that 2023 needs to be the year that the South Sudanese Government delivers for its people. Thank you, President. Let me join others in congratulating Malta for their successful Presidency in February and wishing you the best for yours in March. We are therefore deeply concerned by reports of intimidation of UN peacekeepers and UNMISS personnel by armed groups across the country.


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