UNMISS to South Sudan: Consolidate the Independence Day by creating a renewed social contract

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan say as the country marks 12 years of independence, it must consolidate its independence by creating a renewed social contract amongst its people.

In a statement seen by The Radio Community, Nicholas Haysom says despite the country’s critical moment in transition the day is very important as it marks a history for the people of South Sudan.

He says there should be political and civic space for the citizens to participate in democratic elections.

‘‘Independence marks the day on which the country was born. Celebrating this day is a reminder of the sacrifices of one’s ancestors in creating this opportunity for the people of South Sudan, to become the masters of their common destiny,’’ the statement reads.

‘‘the United Nations family remains committed to working with the South Sudanese people, as well as regional and international partners for sustainable peace and stability.’’

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.