Near Verbatim Transcript of Media Briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, Dr Specio
It’s 10.00 a.m. in South Sudan’s remote town of Bor, and last-minute preparations are underway before the start of a medal parade ceremony for close to eight dozen peacekeepers from the Republic of Korea. They have been in the country for eight months, working mostly as engineers.
Nyamile Malual Jiech walked with her children for five days and nights through violent clashes to reach the safety of the United Nations protection site in Bentiu. Her husband was killed in the fierce clashes in the Unity region.
A joint UN and AU delegation on a three-day visit to South Sudan has expressed their solidarity with the people and leadership of the country, saying they are ready to help support the peace agreement signed recently in Addis Ababa.