UN team probing transport of weapons in South Sudan completes work

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Farhan Haq

A team sent to South Sudan to investigate an apparent irregular transport of weapons for UN peacekeepers has completed its work.

South Sudanese government officials impounded a convoy from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that was transporting cargo, including some weapons and ammunition in Rumbek, Lakes State.

The UN sent the High Level Investigation Team to look into the incident.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq explains.

"The team has been on the ground for a week and has met Government officials, including at Rumbek. It has also had extensive meetings with UNMISS staff and staff of other UN Missions from whence the cargo was shipped. Throughout its mission, the team received constant cooperation from the Government of South Sudan. The team has now completed its work and is in the process of compiling its report, which will address why cargo containing weapons and ammunition belonging to and for the use of the Ghanaian Battalion was inadequately labelled and transported from Juba to Bentiu by road, contrary to agreed protocol with the Government of South Sudan." (29")

Farhan Haq said the team's preliminary analysis and conclusions have been discussed with the government of South Sudan and will be submitted to UN senior officials in New York.

He added that a series of measures, which will be communicated to the South Sudan authorities, will be put in place to avoid any repetition of the error.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’31″

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