UN Security Council extends mandate of UNMISS

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BAN KI MOON[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2327 (2016), extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan till 15 December 2017.
In its sitting last week, the Security Council mandated the UN Mission in South Sudan to provide protection for civilians, to monitor and investigate human rights, to create conditions conducive for delivery of humanitarian assistance and to support the implementation of the 2015 Peace Agreement signed between the government and opposition forces.
Meanwhile, the outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said South Sudan’s leaders have betrayed their people’s trust, and squandered the peace agreement. He was speaking during his last press conference before leaving office at the end of the year.
“Most immediately, my Special Adviser Mr. Adama Dieng, has warned of the risk of genocide (in South Sudan)…And I urge the Security Council to take more concerted action, including through punitive measures,” he said.
He regretted that some countries had not been able to protect their citizens. He said in a situation where a member state is not in a position or is unwilling to protect its own civilians in a conflict situation, the international community has an obligation to step in.
“Every country, small and big, has a sovereign right and sovereign integrity, but when it comes to a situation when the leaders are not willing or not able to defend their own people, then the international community should be able to intervene with the necessary resources,” he said.
A t the same time, the Security Council has commended the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) for its decision to conduct an inclusive national dialogue. It urged all parties to engage in an open and fully inclusive national political dialogue seeking to implement lasting peace, reconciliation and good governance in the country.
“We call upon all parties to ensure women's full and effective representation and leadership in all
conflict resolution and peace-building efforts, including through support to women's
civil society organizations,” said the Council in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) of the South Sudan Peace process has pledged to support the national dialogue that was recently announced by President Salva Kiir. Its Chairman Festus Mogae made the announcement as he opened the December JMEC plenary on Saturday in Juba.
“The president has seized a critical opportunity for national reconciliation and has appealed for a spirit of forgiveness and togetherness”, Festus Mogae said.
He commended the partners in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and other relevant South Sudanese and international stakeholders for their commitment and continued support to JMEC and the peace process in South Sudan.

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