“We will mobilize and enlighten our people to understand this agreement between us and the mission`s mandate,” he said. The Agreement also committed UNMISS to work in an impartial and honest manner in the implementation of its mandate, as set out in the Security Council resolution. In addition, UNMIS must ensure that United Nations personnel fully comply with South Sudanese laws and regulations, while respecting their functional immunity and the processes agreed in the Agreement. “This agreement between us is very important because it regulates the work between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the UN,” the minister said. “And it organizes the relations between the various government institutions and UNMISS.” In this context, UNMISS action remains essential to ensure the protection of civilians in protected areas, but also of persons outside them. I would like to reiterate that aMISS must be able to move freely in order to carry out its mandate. In this respect, full compliance with the provisions of the Agreement on the State of Advancement of Troops should be ensured. France calls on the Transitional Government to resolutely pursue its efforts to implement the revitalized agreement. The agreement on the allocation of governor and state posts of 17 June and the appointment of almost all of them are important steps forward. These steps are to be followed by the appointment of the Governor of Upper Nils and the constitution of the Transitional National Assembly. France recalls that the full participation of women and young people must be effective and meaningful in this regard. Concrete progress must also be made in the other chapters of the transition, in particular with regard to security sector reform and the fight against impunity through the establishment of a hybrid court, but also with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all citizens. Without justice and good governance, there can be no lasting peace.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today signed a Status of Armed Forces Agreement (SOFA) with its host government to legally advance its operation in accordance with international treaties. Explanation of the sofa commitments of both sides — South Sudan and UNMISS — Ms. Johnson said, “The Government of South Sudan has agreed to implement the conventions on the privileges and immunities of all United Nations (missions) with respect to United Nations personnel in the country.” M. Deng Alor, South Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, described the signing of the SOFA as a milestone and called on all government institutions and public opinion to fully cooperate with the new mission to develop peace and stability. Secondly, there is serious concern about the increase in inter-communal violence, particularly in Jonglei. The vicious circle between violence and impunity fuels human rights violations, particularly those directed against women and children. The increase in sexual and gender-based violence is unacceptable and must receive a strong legislative and judicial response. We welcome the adoption last February of the plan of action for children affected by armed conflict and call for its full implementation. France also calls on the authorities of Southern Sudan to respect a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to its definitive abolition. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, France stresses the need for all actors in South Sudan to fully implement the ceasefire required by Security Council Resolution 2532.

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