South Sudan presses ahead with integration of former militias

Ms. Hilde Johnson, Special Representative and Head of UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

The newly independent country of South Sudan is pressing ahead with the integration of former rebel forces, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country.

Hilde Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that South Sudan is making steady progress in building its institutions, including establishing a more representative government.

She said hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have returned to their new country since it became independent from Sudan in July this year.

On the integration of militia, Ms. Johnson said there have been achievements but challenges remain.

"Three important rebel militia groups have been integrated in the last three months. Now in the process of being integrated are David Yauyau, Malik Agar, Wagayi and Peter Gadet forces. However, a few still remain and this process is being supported by the amnesty that the President has issued for return to the government and the army without any repercussions."

Duration: 23"

Ms. Johnson stressed the need for South Sudan to co-exist peacefully with its northern neighbour, Sudan, from which it seceded in July.

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