South Sudan: UNMISS prepares for arrival of Regional Protection Force in Juba

Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Preparations are underway for the arrival of more peacekeepers in South Sudan, including a Regional Protection Force, the office of the Spokesperson of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Friday.

"The Mission confirms that in preparation for the arrival of the Regional Protection Force, it continues to be engaged in discussions with the Transitional Government of National Unity as to the various modalities for the new Force, including where they will be deployed in Juba," the office said in a press statement.

It recalled that the United Nations Security Council, in its Resolution 2304, decided that UNMISS force levels should be increased to a ceiling of 17,000 troops, including 4,000 for a Regional Protection Force.

According to the statement, the ceiling of troops was reaffirmed by the Security Council in its recent Resolution 2327, renewing the UNMISS for one year.

The Mission noted that the Transitional Government of National Unity confirmed its “unconditional” consent to the deployment of the Regional Protection Force by communiqué to the Security Council on 30 November, 2016.

"In renewing the UNMISS mandate, including the deployment of the Regional Protection Force, the Security Council reaffirmed its determination that the security situation in South Sudan remains fragile, with serious consequences for the civilian population in South Sudan," the UNMISS Spokesperson added.
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13 january 2017 12:51:02

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