No reduction of engagement after change in UN mission's mandate in South Sudan

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Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The shift in the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) does not mean a reduction in the depth of engagement or level of commitment of the Mission.

That's what the head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, said at the closing of a meeting of the governors of South Sudan's ten regional states in the capital Juba on Monday.

In May this year, the Security Council reprioritized the mandate of UNMISS towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Ms Løj told the 4th Governors Forum that UNMISS is doing more than that.

"UNMISS is also looking into ways to support the efforts of the national authorities to foster conflict management and inter-communal reconciliation as we are currently doing in Lake State. The shift in UNMISS mandate does not mean a reduction in the depth of engagement or the level of commitment of the Mission to South Sudan." (26")

Ms Løj said the shift in the mission's priorities reflects a realistic focusing and streamlining of activities to alleviate the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

Thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict that broke out in December 2013 between government forces and those that support former Vice President Riek Machar.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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