UN chief vows to support S. Sudan peace revitalization forum

David Shearer, the head of the United Nations in South Sudan, today (October 18) has pledged to support the revitalization of the peace process, commending President Salva Kiir and his administration for accepting to participate in the process without conditions. Shearer made these remarks during a meeting with the South Sudanese leader in the capital, Juba. Also in attendance was the UNMISS deputy head and Resident Coordinator Alain Noudehou.

The meeting, according to Shearer, was organized to introduce to the president his new deputy and the members of his administration. He described the meeting with Kiir as "important" and "vital", focusing on humanitarian and capacity building issues in the war-torn nation. Shearer said the UN mission will cooperate with the government to stem out unauthorized activities in the protection of civilian camps.