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Norway South Sudan UN representative stresses bipartite solution need. Hilde Frafjord Johnson is the UN’s special envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country, with challenges ahead. The former Norwegian Minister for Development Affairs has already travelled to Juba, South Sudan’s capital city, and is getting in to her new job. It is not without its and trials. “The biggest challenge is to ensure lasting peace and stability, both withinSouth Sudan, and regarding its neighbour to the north,” she tells Klassekampen by phone.

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Norway South Sudan UN representative stresses bipartite solution need

Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 20:53 under the news category, by John Price and Alison Kennedy   .
Last Updated on 11th July 2011 at 21:06.

Hilde Frafjord Johnson is the UN’s special envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country, with challenges ahead.

Hilde Frafjord Johsen (L) at UNICEF Board Meeting (illus. ph.)
Hilde Frafjord Johsen (L) at UNICEF Board Meeting (illus. ph.)
Photo: Norway UN (New York)/Flickr


The former Norwegian Minister for Development Affairs has already travelled to Juba, South Sudan’s capital city, and is getting in to her new job. It is not without its and trials.

“The biggest challenge is to ensure lasting peace and stability, both withinSouth Sudan, and regarding its neighbour to the north,” she tells Klassekampen by phone.

So far, the UN has announced South Sudan has 7,000 soldiers and 900 police officers to protect the country. It gained its independence on Saturday, amongst gifts of a new national archive to aid development of the new state from Norwegian HRH Crown Prince Haakon.

There have also been congratulations from, amongst others, Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development. The Republic is now the UN’s 193rd member.

One obstacle Ms Frafjord Johnson has to overcome is ongoing friction between southern and northern Sudan. She is, however, confident that the problems will be resolved with some help from China.

“They must find a solution. But I think this is going to fall into place, for neither state can survive without the oil revenues,” she said.

“It is criticalthat the government establishes a close relationship with China. China is the most important partner and can be a good supporter that South Sudan can benefit from, for example in terms of infrastructure development.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has praised Ms Frafjord Johnsen’s appointment, believing she will be successful in making South Sudan a safer place.

“With her broad experience of development issues and her insight into Sudan and the peace process, she is the right person to lead the UN’s efforts to help resolve the major challenges facing South Sudan in the time ahead.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan and the UN will have a key role to play in the efforts to bring about stability, peace and sustainable development, in addition to helping the authorities to build a new state,” he said in a press statement.

Norway has supported South Sudan before. In October of last year, it donated $10 million to the country in order for the peace process to continue in the long term, and recently gave a further $9 million on top tens of millions so far this year towards alleviating the country’s humanitarian crisis.



Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 20:53 under the news category, by John Price and Alison Kennedy   .
Last updated on 11th July 2011 at 21:06.

This post has the following tags: hildefrafjordjohnsen, southsudanunrepresentative, eriksolheim, crownprincehaakon, jonasgahrstoere.





  
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