South Sudan

S. Sudan: UN Evacuates Staff, Reinforces Military Deployments


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On Saturday, UNMISS relocated all remaining civilian staff from its compound in the Jonglei state capital of Bor to Juba.

At the same time, the Mission is planning to reinforce its military presence in Bor and Pariang to continue fulfilling its mandate to help protect South Sudanese civilians.

“We are not abandoning South Sudan. We are here to stay, and will carry on in our collective resolve to work with and for the people of South Sudan,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson.

“To anyone who wants to threaten us, attack us or put obstacles in our way, our message remains loud and clear: we will not be intimidated.”

This followed an attack on a UN compound where several people including two Indian peacekeepers were killed.

Fighting started last Sunday when soldiers loyal to sacked Vice President, Riek Machar attempted to overthrow the government of President Salva Kiir.

The fighting would later spread to other parts of the country, killing scores of civilians in crossfire.

UN said plans are underway to relocate all non-critical UNMISS staff from the Mission’s compound near the Unity State capital of Bentiu later today, and reinforcements are also being planned for Bentiu.

“UNMISS continues to engage, together with international and regional partners, with key South Sudanese leaders in its ongoing efforts to help find a peaceful solution to the current crisis. Once the security situation in the country has stabilized, the Mission anticipates the return of non-critical staff to Juba.”

Kiir has already expressed interest for dialogue with his political enemies including Machar.


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