The United Mission in South Sudan on Thursday said it is firmly committed to supporting the peace process for the democratic elections slated to be held in 2023.
According to Nicholas Haysom, the special representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMISS, “the Security Council directed UNMISS to advance a three-year strategic vision to prevent a return to civil war; to build durable peace at the local and national levels; and to support inclusive and accountable governance and free and fair peaceful elections.”
The head of UNMISS at his first press conference at the UNMISS headquarters in Juba said “drafting a national constitution is a quintessential act of sovereignty.”
“Constitutions have come to be regarded as a social contract between the citizens of a particular country. As such, the permanent constitution of South Sudan will reflect a series of promises between the parties to the peace agreement and the people,” he said.
“It’s important that the constitution-making process is inclusive and enables a national conversation. If solutions to conflict and divisions come from the people, then a durable peace is likely to have a surviving chance. This requires the constitution-makers to build trust with the public, a trust based on transparency and democratic practice,” Haysom added.
Haysom added that the peace process must be led and owned by the people of South Sudan to ensure that the peace that is achieved is sustainable.