UN peacekeeping chief reports progress in reinforcing mission in South Sudan

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Hervé Ladsous

Substantial progress is being made in reinforcing the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to cope with an ongoing crisis in the country, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations.

Hervé Ladsous said the additional peacekeepers will assume the duties of protecting the 60,000 displaced persons sheltering at UN bases freeing up other units for patrol duties.

Last month the Security Council decided to increase the number of UNMISS troops and police officers in South Sudan following continued fighting between government and rebel forces.

" We have already some formed police units who already deployed and already operational and more will come over the next days with the goal of having the full 5.500 supplementary force fully operational in the next weeks." (22)

He said the priorities for the UN in the country are the protection of civilians, monitoring human rights abuses and helping humanitarian workers to access the populations in need.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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