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Head of UN mission in South Sudan to retire: spokesman

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 Friday.

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 said.

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 South Sudan
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) in Khartoum.

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 African Union.

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 region.



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