UN extends UNMISS mandate in S/Sudan

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South Sudan accepts addition UN Peace keepers
UNMISS Peace keepers in South Sudan

The UN Security Council has approved an extension  by one year of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with an adjusted mandate.

The council also  demanded an end to the fighting in the war-ravaged country.

The Council said that the mission shall “use all necessary means” to “deter and prevent” sexual violence within its capacity, and “monitor, investigate and report incidents of hate speech.”

UNMISS  will remain in South Sudan till Dec. 15  2017.

The mission will maintain a troop ceiling of 17,000, including a 4,000-strong Regional Protection Force, approved in mid-August.

South Sudan has faced  challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his estranged Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013.

The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst civilian displacement  with immense suffering for civilians.

In spite of the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of South Sudan.

Through the adopted resolution, the Council reiterated its increasingly grave alarm and concern regarding the political, security, economic and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan resulting from a political dispute within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and subsequent violence caused by the country’s political and military leaders.

It also expressed its intention to consider sanctions against those whose actions undermined peace, stability and security in the country.

The Council demanded that South Sudan’s leaders implement the permanent ceasefire declared in the peace agreement and respective ceasefires.

 


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