UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of
the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe
Loj, has informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will
step down from the role at the end of November after over two years
of service to the UN mission, a UN spokesman told reporters here
Loj was appointed by the secretary-general in July 2014 and assumed
her duties in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, in September 2014.
“She had planned to retire at the end of her current contract, which
expired at the end of August this year, but chose to remain at the
helm of the Mission in the wake of the July crisis until the
situation could stabilize,” Dujarric said.
“She will continue to lead the Mission until the end of November,”
the spokesman said.
“The secretary-general is deeply appreciative of her lifetime of
service to further the cause of peace and development, especially
during her distinguished career with UN peacekeeping having headed
both UNMISS and the UN Mission in Liberia from 2008 to 2012,” he
Ban is particularly thankful to Loj for her dedication, commitment
and important contributions at the helm of UNMISS during extremely
challenging times, the spokesman added.
Sudanese president says avails
by 2016 to implement signed agreements
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Friday he
will avail South Sudan until the end of 2016 to implement the
agreements signed between the two countries.
“We signed agreements with South Sudan in 2012, but its government
has not implemented these agreements until now,” said al-Bashir when
addressing the Shura Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP)
He stressed Sudan is keen on good ties with South Sudan, “but until
the end of December, they have either to implement the agreements or
we will turn the page,” without explicitly stating what Sudan would
do if the South failed to implement the agreements.
In September 2012, the two sides signed a cooperation agreement in
the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa under the patronage of the
The agreement included a package of understandings related to
security, citizens’ status, border and economic issues, as well as
oil and trade.
The border issue remains the biggest obstacle to the settlement of
differences between Sudan and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting and sheltering the
rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector,
which are fighting the government at South Kordofan and Blue Nile
areas, besides the armed groups which are fighting in Sudan’s Darfur