Southern Sudan should be helped to shape its future

Southern Sudan, which decided in a referendum in January to become an independent country, should be provided with the know how in order to shape its own future.

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council on the Reports of the Secretary-General on the deployment of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. UN Photo/Evan Schneider-UN Spanish Radio

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

That’s what the former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno told the Security Council, as it discussed how to create stability and peace in countries emerging from conflict.

He said that international assistance must build on the national capacities of the countries being helped, by using local people in professional positions in United Nations missions.

“This support has to start early. In Southern Sudan, for example, I hope that the UN will aim to build up the capacity of Southern Sudanese to articulate their priorities so that they can be the one who really shape the future in their country so that then the UN planning process just has to align behind those nationally defined priorities.”

The United Nations mission in Sudan is helping north and south Sudan implement a 2005 agreement which ended over two decades of conflict between the two sides.

Currently the mission is focusing on helping the two sides resolve their dispute over the oil-rich Abyei region.

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