Wau Governor Meets UN Delegation From New York

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A UN delegation from New York on Thursday met with officials in Wau to discuss how best the United Nations Mission in South Sudan can continue offering their support to the country.

Governor Mayar Acho meeting UN delegation from New York in Wau, 29 September 2016 [Photo by James Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 30 September 2016 [Gurtong] – The head of the team Michael Heller told the press that his team will assess the situation in the country and come up with recommendations on how best the UNMISS can offer their support.

“We have a team here from New York as well as from UNMISS and the rest of the humanitarian, UN agencies supporting programme. We are here essentially to take a look at how the UN could support South Sudan in the coming year or two,” said Heller.

“The Security Council has asked us to develop recommendations so that they can have understanding on how best to engage the UNMISS and how the agencies can best structure their support to South Sudan for the coming term, the UNMISS mandates will come to an end in December 2016 and so the security council is looking to us to give them some guidance essentially with respect to how UNMISS can best engage over the next mandated period,” he said.

Heller said that the team since their arrival have been meeting with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) including many sections of South Sudanese in order to get a better understanding of the situation.

“The State government is in full cooperation with the UN agencies in Wau and that we asking these agencies to support the government to encourage these displaced persons to return to their homes since the security situation in Wau is currently stable,” said the Governor of Wau, Andrea Mayar.

“We are not only asking for support to those at the UN camps, churches or those at the ICRC compound but also we need these civilians at the rebel controlled areas in the three Counties to be provide with necessary assistance,” he said.

Acho said providing assistance to those outside the town would also encourage those still leaving at the protection sites to return to their homes.

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