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UN peacekeeping review urges support for S. Sudan political process

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February 28, 2018 (JUBA) - A review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in war-torn South Sudan requires reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official has said.

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Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, addresses the Security Council (UN Photo)

"A sustainable political resolution of the conflict is also the only avenue to chalk out a viable exit strategy" for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told the UN Security Council, urging a renewed focus on supporting political processes.

As documented once again by the Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry which published its report last Friday, human rights violations and abuses, including horrific incidents of sexual violence, have reached alarming levels, and impunity for these crimes remains the norm, Keita said.

Moreover, over 200,000 internally displaced people continue to be protected on UNMISS bases with the assistance of humanitarian partners, she further stressed.

The review found that largely over 50 percent of the mission’s uniformed personnel are currently devoted to protecting these sites. These sites only cover a fraction of the South Sudanese civilians in need of protection.

"There are no easy answers to this dilemma. There will never be enough troops to protect both the ’protection of civilians’ sites and extend UNMISS’s protection footprint to other areas of large displacements, in a country as large as South Sudan," said Keita.

The current environment of Juba, therefore, may call for some adjustment of the RPF mandate, Keita added.

Following the review, the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operation has ordered a military and police capability study to explore how less troops can be dedicated to the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites, and more are projected throughout the country to protect other civilians under imminent threat of violence.

UNMISS, according to the official, was established in 2011 as a capacity building tool to assist a Government that lacked the capability to deliver services to its people.

However, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, UNMISS evolved into a mission where protection of civilians, including from national security institutions, has become the main focus.

“This requirement unfortunately, remains valid,” she stressed, noting that tens of thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed since the conflict began in December 2013 while over four million have been displaced, half of them into neighbouring nations.

On Monday, there UN agencies jointly warned that 7 million people in South Sudan risk facing severe food insecurity in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access to those in need.

Particularly at risk, according to the UN joint report, are 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who are likely to suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger.

Last month, 5.3 million people were already struggling to find enough food each day and were in “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4), the newly-released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report stated.

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  • 1 March 2018 08:48, by Theallseeingeye

    the UN must understand that grounding Riak Machar at South Africa have not and will not solve this crises but if they insist in that grounding and isolation approach I suggest the should ground all opposition supporters and none Dink South Sudanese at South Africa as well.

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    • 1 March 2018 11:54, by Kush Natives

      Theallseeingeye,
      Think about yourself, leave alone Riek Machar! Come back to negotiating table. If Riek Machar took all the ideas in whichever you are fighting for, then better come back as you left Juba. There’s nothing to whine about Riek Machar’s absence. We’re in Ethiopian capital right now waiting for your confuse delegations.

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      • 1 March 2018 15:06, by Koryom2

        The sooner the criminals behind the UN dirty intrigues & present in our country realize that they are part of negative forces in our country & against our people, the better for them & for us. Countries are not created around the world & hand them over to the damn UN & the NGOs to take over them & rule them.

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        • 1 March 2018 15:16, by Koryom2

          The criminals behind the damn UN in New York have bringing a lot of these West African fools & their bunch of Islamic sounding names all the times to come & lecture us & our country their bullsh*ts. But we have some of our idiots who are so brain dead to discern the dirty game the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between>>>>

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          • 1 March 2018 15:34, by Koryom2

            had/are scheming against our country & our people. Our idiots are always told that their US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some criminals always use their so-called humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their damn human rights business as their neo-colonial intrigues to occupy other people’s countries---case in point, DRC, CAR, Darfur, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia>>>>

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    • 2 March 2018 09:21, by Koryom2

      Theallseeingeye,
      What is Riek Machar to you? Look for another god to worship if you loser want anyone to worship. Your Riek Machar demigod is long dead in Juba in 2016 idiot.

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