Juba, November 28, 2016 (SSNA) — The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Løj ha called on the people of South Sudan to unite and work for what she described as “national identity.”
Løj, who is set to step down at the end of this month, told reporters at the UNMISS compound here in Juba that South Sudanese should put their ethnic affiliation aside and unite to create a prosperous future for their country.
“South Sudan is such a rich country in terms of resources and fertile land. But I think we all have to work for that. I am extremely moved by having learned so much about South Sudan, I am extremely impressed by the resilience of the South Sudanese people,” Løj said.
The top UN envoy to South Sudan admits that the UN has not completed its work, noticing lack of peace in the war-torn young nation.
“We have not yet finished our job, we don’t have peace in South Sudan, we don’t have prosperity in South Sudan. I have not given up on South Sudan,” she added.
The UNMISS chief expresses dissatisfaction, saying the “hopes and aspirations” of South Sudanese have not been satisfied.
“I am extremely depressed that their hopes and aspirations at the time of independence have not yet been fulfilled, the conflict that erupted in December 2013 continues to make many South Sudanese homeless, internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries,” Løj observed.
Mrs. Løj was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2014 and said last month that its honor for her to have served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan for over two years.