UN awaiting notice on Kenyan troop withdrawal from South Sudan mission

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The United Nations is awaiting official word from Kenya that it is withdrawing its troops from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a spokesperson for the global body told reporters in New York on Wednesday.

The decision by the Kenyan authorities came a day after the UN Secretary-General ordered the "immediate replacement" of the mission's Force Commander, a Kenyan national, following the release of a special investigation report on deadly violence in South Sudan this past July.

It found that UNMISS did not respond effectively to the violence, which resulted in more than 70 deaths over a three-day period.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The report cited an overall lack of leadership, preparedness and integration among the various components of the UN mission.

It also found that command and control arrangements were inadequate, while UNMISS peacekeepers maintained what was described as a "risk-averse posture."

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the organization is awaiting official notification from Nairobi.

"We have not been officially appraised of any of these decisions. We obviously value the contributions of the Kenyan soldiers and police officers in South Sudan and throughout peacekeeping. We will wait to get some official notification before commenting further, but I would add that I think the report does address issues, much broader issues, with the mission."

Just over 1,000 Kenyan peacekeepers are deployed at the UN mission in South Sudan, which has a total force of more than 13,700.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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