UN / UNITAMS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS COVID-19

04-Jun-2020 00:03:13
Unanimously adopting a twinset of resolutions, the Security Council established the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for an initial 12-month period to assist the country’s shift to democratic governance and support the protection and promotion of human rights and sustainable peace, and also extended the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), until the 31st of December of this year. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UNITAMS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS COVID-19
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DATELINE: 04 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

04 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (French) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“The result of the vote is the following; the draft resolution has obtained fifteen votes in favour. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously as resolution 2524.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“Peacekeeping operations have shown their capacity to adapt to the new context imposed by this pandemic. Our response has been guided by four main objectives: first, protecting our personnel and their capacity to continue critical operations; second, containing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19; third, supporting national authorities in their response; and fourth, protecting vulnerable communities while delivering on mandate implementation.
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, Force Commander, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Protection, of course, is the core of our mandate. We have a commitment to protect the POC camps. There are like 19,000 IDPs in these camps. These camps involve a very close contact between those who provide security and the IDPs. We have modified drill procedures so that there is safe distance between IDPs and the force. But our commitment to secure and protect these camps, five of them which are located all across the mission, remains.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre, Force Commander, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“We realize the importance of maintaining health and security during this pandemic not only for the benefit of the Mission’s peacekeepers but also for MINUSMA’s and the UN’s reputation as an entity that assists and in no way harms the population. MINUSMA’s leadership is dedicated to adopting the appropriate countermeasures during this time and both the SRSG and I have personally issued guidance to unit commanders to increase their efforts to counter the effects and spread of COVID-19.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Brigadier General Maureen O’Brien, Force Commander, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF):
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant challenge to UNDOF, it has had little impact on UNDOF’s ability to fulfil its mandate. In Syria, curfew and inter-governorate travel restrictions have now been lifted which has allowed us to resume night patrols. There are also some positive indications that inspections of Syrian military positions in the Area of Limitation on the Bravo side, which had been stopped for security reasons, may resume on a phased basis. In the Israeli Occupied Golan, the Alpha side, most COVID-19 restrictions have also been lifted. It is anticipated that Alpha side inspections will recommence soon.”
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STORYLINE
Unanimously adopting a twinset of resolutions, the Security Council today (4 Jun) established the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for an initial 12-month period to assist the country’s shift to democratic governance and support the protection and promotion of human rights and sustainable peace.

The resolution says the new mission will assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace. The mission will also support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements, as well as assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Darfur and the Two Areas. The resolution also says that the mission will support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance. The Council also extended the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), until the 31st of December of this year.

The Council then heard briefings from peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the force commanders of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), who discussed their efforts to address operational challenges facing their respective missions in their work, including the impact of COVID-19.

UNMISS’ Force Commander, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, noted that IDP camps in South Sudan “involve a very close contact between those who provide security and the IDPs.” He said, “we have modified drill procedures so that there is safe distance between IDPs and the force. But our commitment to secure and protect these camps, five of them which are located all across the mission, remains.”

MINUSMA’s Force Commander, Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre, told the Council that “maintaining health and security during this pandemic not only for the benefit of the Mission’s peacekeepers but also for MINUSMA’s and the UN’s reputation as an entity that assists and in no way harms the population.”

He said, “MINUSMA’s leadership is dedicated to adopting the appropriate countermeasures during this time and both the SRSG and I have personally issued guidance to unit commanders to increase their efforts to counter the effects and spread of COVID-19. “

For her part, UNDOF’s Force Commander, Brigadier General Maureen O’Brien, said that “although the COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant challenge to UNDOF, it has had little impact on UNDOF’s ability to fulfil its mandate.”

She said, “in Syria, curfew and inter-governorate travel restrictions have now been lifted which has allowed us to resume night patrols. There are also some positive indications that inspections of Syrian military positions in the Area of Limitation on the Bravo side, which had been stopped for security reasons, may resume on a phased basis. In the Israeli Occupied Golan, the Alpha side, most COVID-19 restrictions have also been lifted. It is anticipated that Alpha side inspections will recommence soon.”

O’Brien reported violations by Israeli forces which have attacked targets within Syria, including a number of attacks on positions within UNDOF’s Area of Separation and Area of Limitation and expressed concern at the deteriorating security situation in the Dar’aa Governorate.
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