Authorities permit UNMISS to operate freely in Gbudue state

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September 19, 2016 (YAMBIO) – Authorities of the newly created Gbudue
state in Western Equatoria region have allowed patrol teams of the
United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to operate freely in
the state following earlier restrictions.

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UN peacekeepers in South Sudan with one of their helicopters (UNMISS)

Council of Ministers regular meeting which was held on Friday last
week in the state said it had declared free movement for UNMISS to
resume their normal patrols as usual.

In a press statement issued by the minister of Information, Culture
and youth in the capital, Yambio, Joseph Natale Sabun, he said Gbudue
state government unanimously permitted UNMISS to conduct patrols in
the region without fear and no one should stop them.

β€œTo cooperate fully with UNMISS, Gbudue State Government has
authorized UNMISS to freely organize their programs to visit any area
to monitor security situation in the State without any problem.”
Joseph Sabuni stated.

Sabuni urged citizens in the State not to panic if UNMISS is visiting
counties and all villages in the state, saying that they are not enemy
but friend.

He continued to emphasize and welcome government officials and
citizens in Yambio town to come in big numbers to attend the
International Day for Peace which is being organized by UNMISS of
which speeches; sports activities and live band will be performed in
Yambio Freedom Square.

The statement to permit UNMISS comes after the mission had been denied
access to most areas in Gbudue state on several occasions for the past
three months during which the state government accused the peace
keepers of allegedly failing to protect citizens during the recent
conflict in Yambio and in other areas in Western Equatoria.

The state minister of information also revealed that the decision came
following an appeal to the government of South Sudan by the high level
delegation of the United Nation Security Council which visited South
Sudan recently, and after several meeting with the authority of UNMISS
in Yambio.

He said the security situation has normalized in most of the areas in
the state, giving chance to partners to go to those areas to deliver
services to the citizens who were displaced by the conflict and are in
dire humanitarian situation.

Road from Yambio to Ezo and Tombura which was blocked by the armed
youth who entered the bush has been opened by the government and it is
safe now for any to go to those counties, according to the

The government has owed the relative peace in the area to its efforts
to offer amnesty to the armed youth to come home peacefully, adding
that over 300 former youth fighters have surrendered to the government
both in Yambio and in Ezo counties.


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