UN in South Sudan to investigate "mistake" of arms shipped by road

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UNMISS peacekeepers patrolling in Pibor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Martine Perret

An investigation has been launched after a shipment of weapons used by peacekeepers was found in a convoy of trucks operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS).

An agreement between the UN and the Government of South Sudan stipulates that arms can only be transported by air and not by road.

It's thought the weapons were being transported inside 12 trucks.

The South Sudanese government called the incident a "clear violation of the agreement.

Ariane Quentier, is a Spokesperson for UNMISS.

"Unfortunately, it appears that it was a big mistake being made by having this cargo on the road. So now what the United Nations wants in collaboration with the Government is to have a proper investigation with the Government to try and to understand what happened."

A "high level" delegation of UN officials is due to arrive in Juba on Tuesday to begin the investigation.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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