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NEW YORK - 15 Mar 2020

UN chief welcomes formation of South Sudan cabinet

Secretary General Antonio Guterres (File photo)
Secretary General Antonio Guterres (File photo)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday welcomed the announcement of the cabinet of South Sudan's transitional government, said his spokesman.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said in a statement that Guterres commended the spirit of compromise and collaboration displayed by the parties which led to this important development.

He further said Guterres encouraged the South Sudanese parties and their leaders to make additional efforts to meet the 35 percent quota for the representation of women throughout the peace process.

The Secretary-General called upon the leaders of South Sudan to prioritize the implementation of transitional security arrangements, step up efforts to address inter-communal violence, fight impunity and focus on the delivery of essential services, the statement said.

According to Dujarric, the Secretary-General reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to assist the parties in implementing the peace agreement, in close coordination with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union.

On Thursday, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir named 34 ministers and 10 deputy ministers, following weeks of negotiations over the new unity government that was announced in the capital Juba, last month.