Task force to implement South Sudan investigation recommendations

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs journalists at the Security Council stakeout following consultations on South Sudan. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A task force has been established to implement recommendations stemming from an independent investigation into three days of deadly fighting in South Sudan's capital last July, the head of UN Peacekeeping said on Thursday.

Hervé Ladsous was speaking to reporters in New York following a closed door meeting of the UN Security Council where he had briefed members on the report.

It found the UN mission in the country did not responded effectively to the violence, citing an overall lack of leadership and inadequate command and control.

The peacekeeping chief said the UN is also assessing Kenya's announcement to withdraw from the mission, which is known as UNMISS.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ladsous said he had established the task force that will implement the recommendations contained in the special investigation.

They have been approved by the UN Secretary-General who has said he was "deeply distressed" by the report's findings.

Ban Ki-moon had also ordered the immediate replacement of the Kenyan officer heading the UNMISS force, resulting in Nairobi announcing that it will pull all its peacekeepers from South Sudan.

Mr Ladsous was asked what impact the move will have on the UN mission.

"That is one thing that we are the first to regret very much because Kenya has been a solid contributor of troops and police to peacekeeping operations. It is their sovereign decision, but I respect that but of course I regret it. And we are assessing what consequences this has on the Regional Protection Force that was decided upon by the Security Council recently, and we are trying to bring into existence as quickly as possible."

Kenya has more than 1,000 uniformed personnel serving at UNMISS, which has a troop strength of over 13,000.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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