The Agreement also obliged UNAMAS to cooperate impartially and with integrity in fulfilling its mandate as defined in the Security Council resolution. In addition, UNMIS must ensure that United Nations personnel fully comply with South Sudan`s laws and regulations, with due consideration of functional immunity and the procedures agreed in the Agreement. In this context, MANSUS` action remains essential to ensure the protection of civilians who are in shelters, but also outside of you. I would like to remind you that MANSUS must be able to move freely to fulfil its mandate. In this context, full compliance with the provisions relating to the status of the armed forces must be guaranteed. France calls on the transitional government to resolutely continue its efforts towards the implementation of the revived agreement. The agreement on the appointment of governor and state positions on 17 June and the appointment of almost all of them are important advances. These measures must be followed by the appointment of the Governor of the Upper Nile and the Constitution of the Transitional National Assembly. France reminds us that the full participation of women and young people must be effective and meaningful in this regard. “We will mobilize and educate our people to understand this agreement between us and the mandate of the mission,” he said. “This agreement between us is very important because it governs the work between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the United Nations,” the minister said. “And it organizes the relationship between the various government institutions and UNMISS.” As you reminded Mr Lowcock, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains dire and worsening. More than 1.6 million people have been forced to flee within their own countries, and nearly 2.2 million have swam in neighbouring countries.
In South Sudan, 6 million people are living off hunger. It is therefore urgent that all parties facilitate the rapid, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid in accordance with international humanitarian law. Deng Alor, South Sudan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the signing of SOFA was an important step and called on all government institutions and public opinion to cooperate fully with the new mission to bring about peace and stability.