UN senior official hails progress made in South Sudan's Unity State

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Ameerah Haq

The leadership in Unity State, South Sudan can be an inspiration and role model for future generations.

That's what Ameerah Haq, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for the Department of Field Support, said on Friday, during an assessment mission to the region.

In Bentiu, the capital of the oil-rich region of Unity State, Ms. Haq was briefed by the State Government on the Constitutional Review, the civilian disarmament and on the 2015 elections.

The meeting also discussed the cooperation between UNMISS and the State Government.

Speaking to journalists, Ms. Haq hailed the progress they have made so far on Nation building.

"For me it is very encouraging to meet with the Deputy Governor and all the members of the cabinet and to see how committed they are to build the nation. How committed they are to make sure that the nation's institutions stand on the right foundation and certainly they have highlighted some of the requirement for resources which would come from the government budget; for security institutions that need to be strengthened. But I feel that the leadership is there. They will be the inspiration and the role model for future generations to come."

Ms Haq's visit to Bentiu is part of a wider tour in South Sudan.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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