UNMISS SRSG visits Bentiu and Leer


The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, returned to Juba on Thursday from a two-day field visit to Bentiu and Leer, two towns which have been amongst the most affected by the country’s conflict UNMISS spokes Person Daniel Dickinson said a statement

He said in Bentiu, the head of the UN mission met state government officials, as well as internally displaced people who are living in the largest protection of civilians site in the country.

‘’In Leer, he visited the mission’s temporary operating base to assess UNMISS’ success in mounting robust patrols which push the mission’s presence deep into the field.He held discussions with local officials and also took the opportunity to travel to an opposition-controlled area to meet with pro-Machar representatives so he could hear all shades of opinion on how to facilitate humanitarian assistance and advance the peace process’’ Dickinson said

He added that the local opposition told the UN head that they support the current localized cessation of hostilities and remain in a defensive position which they hope will encourage the return of humanitarian agencies to Leer.

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