27 Sep 2014
The Security Council has been requested to reconsider the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) when its renewal comes up in November this year.
The request was made by President Salva Kiir during his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
He said that the new mandate does not allow UNMISS to support the requests from national, state and local partners for assistance in what he described as important activities.
President Salva Kiir said these activities are connected with capacity building, peace building, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reforms, recovery and development.
“Notwithstanding the fact the activities mentioned above are of paramount importance in South Sudan, we strongly believe the main objectives of UNMISS was to support peace and reconciliation in the first place. We humbly request the United Nations Security to reconsider this decision when the renewal of UNMISS mandate comes up in November 2014.” (22″)
UNMISS is helping to protect thousands of people who have been displaced by the conflict which broke out in December last year between government forces and fighters loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.
Mr. Machar was sacked by President Salva Kiir in July 2013.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations