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Norway urges gov’t to expedite security arrangements for elections

By Bida Elly David


Norway has urged South Sudan government to expedite the implementation of security arrangements ahead of the upcoming elections.

Norwegian Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Mr. Jon Anton Johnson made the call came during a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. James Pitia Morgan, on Monday.

The meeting focused on preparations for the elections and the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, particularly Chapter Two on security arrangements.

The duo discussions revolved around concerns raised about the unfinished tasks of unifying security forces and reviewing the national security bill, both considered crucial for a secure election environment.

Mr. Johnson emphasized the need for the government to demonstrate its commitment to free and fair elections.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “The meeting involved a productive exchange on the country’s development, with a particular focus on the upcoming preparation of valid elections.”

Foreign Affairs Minister, Morgan responded by assuring Mr. Johnson that the government is actively preparing for elections as agreed upon in the peace agreement.

He highlighted the progress made, including the swearing-in of electoral commissions, and emphasized the importance of implementing security arrangements to guarantee a peaceful and conducive election environment.

This call for accelerated security arrangements comes amid ongoing concerns about violence and instability in South Sudan.

Additionally, the Vatican’s recent pledge of support for the election process, delivered by Cardinal Michael Czerny, further underscores the international community’s interest in a successful and peaceful transition.

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