Security Council, in Statement, Welcomes Peace Accord Signing by South Sudan’s President, Affirming Readiness to Ensure Full Compliance

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28 August 2015
7515th Meeting (PM)

Security Council, in Statement, Welcomes Peace Accord Signing by South Sudan’s President, Affirming Readiness to Ensure Full Compliance

Welcoming the 26 August signature by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on the agreement to resolve the conflict in that country, as well as earlier signatures by other parties, the Security Council this afternoon confirmed its intention to move swiftly to update the mandate of the United Nations Mission there, known as UNMISS, to support implementation of key tasks in the accord.

The statement, read out by August Council President U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, also welcomed the 17 August signing by Riek Machar Teny on behalf of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition, as well as Pagan Amum Okiech, a representative for the former political detainees, joined by other stakeholders.

Calling for the parties’ immediate adherence to the permanent ceasefire, the 15-member body expressed its readiness to consider appropriate measures to ensure the agreement’s implementation “in full and without exception” and address any violations or failures of any party to implement its provisions, including through the imposition of an arms embargo and additional targeted sanctions.

Acknowledging that the agreement was the first step in reversing the difficult political and economic situation, and humanitarian, and security catastrophe resulting from the crisis, the Council called on the parties, with support from the United Nations and international community, to fully implement it and reaffirmed its unwavering support of the people of South Sudan.  It expressed its concern with any statement by any party suggesting a lack of commitment. 

Further to the text, the Council expressed its deep appreciation for the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in leading the mediation since the onset of the crisis.  It also commended the recently expanded efforts of the “IGAD-Plus” configuration involving 19 nations and organizations, including the United Nations and friends of South Sudan from Africa and abroad, to develop and achieve a comprehensive solution that had now established a foundation to deliver peace to South Sudan.  It urged the continued close engagement of IGAD and IGAD-Plus partners in the critical period ahead.

The Council underscored the pressing need to ensure accountability for serious violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law and took note in that regard of chapter V of the accord.  Further, the Council recognized the work of the African Union Commission of Inquiry in independent and public human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and anticipated with interest its findings and recommendations.  It encouraged the final report’s public release as soon as possible on South Sudan.

The meeting began at 5:05 p.m. and ended at 5:11 p.m.

Presidential Statement

The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2015/16 reads as follows:

“The Security Council welcomes the 26 August 2015 signature by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the “Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan” as well as the signatures by SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Former Detainees representative Mr. Pagan Amum Okiech on 17 August 2015, and joined by other stakeholders, and recognizes these signatures as a commitment by the parties to implement the Agreement, as contained in the annex to S/2015/654.  The Security Council expresses its concern with any statement by any party suggesting a lack of commitment to implement the Agreement, as contained exclusively in the annex to S/2015/654.

“The Security Council expresses its deep appreciation for the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in leading the mediation since the onset of the crisis, and commends the recently expanded efforts of the “IGAD-Plus” configuration involving nineteen nations and organizations including the United Nations and friends of South Sudan from Africa and abroad, to develop and achieve a comprehensive solution that has now established a foundation to deliver a peace to South Sudan.  The Security Council urges the continued close engagement of IGAD and IGAD-Plus partners in the critical period ahead.

“The Security Council acknowledges that this Agreement is the first step in reversing the difficult political and economic situation, and humanitarian, and security catastrophe resulting from this crisis, calls upon the parties, with support from the United Nations and international community, to fully implement the Agreement and reaffirms its unwavering support of the people of South Sudan. 

“The Security Council calls upon the parties to adhere to the permanent ceasefire immediately, confirms its intention to move swiftly to update the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to support implementation of key tasks in the Agreement, and expresses its readiness to consider appropriate measures to ensure full implementation of the Agreement, as contained exclusively in the annex to S/2015/654 in full and without exception and address any violations or failures of any party to implement its provisions, including through the imposition of an arms embargo and additional targeted sanctions.

“The Security Council notes the African Union Peace and Security Council’s 24 August 2015 press statement warning that all those undermining the lasting resolution of the conflict, including implementation of the Agreement, would be held accountable for their actions.

“The Security Council underscores the pressing need to ensure accountability for serious violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law.  The Security Council takes note in this regard of Chapter V of the Agreement.  The Security Council further recognizes the work of the African Union Commission of Inquiry in independent and public human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and anticipates with interest its findings and recommendations and encourages the public release of the final report as soon as possible on South Sudan.

“The Security Council renews its deep appreciation for the courageous actions taken by UNMISS personnel and troop- and police-contributing countries to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians under threat of physical violence and to stabilize the security situation across South Sudan.”

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