South Sudan

UNMISS Commander Speaks Out On Seized Weapons


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cost geneva;”>Statement of Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi UNMISS force commander:

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi.

I am addressing you today in my capacity as the Force Commander of the troops serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

In that capacity, I am responsible for overseeing and supervising all activities and operations of our peacekeeping contingents throughout the country.

I am also speaking to you as the most senior Ghanaian officer in the Mission.

In that capacity, I have an obligation to clarify the issue of the weapons and ammunition belonging to the newly-arrived Ghanaian contingent, after its cargo which was being transported to Bentiu via Rumbek was found to include weapons and ammunition.

Yesterday, in fact, I visited Rumbek where I travelled on a joint mission with the Government to look into this incident.

I am very pleased that the mission to Rumbek took place in close collaboration with the South Sudanese authorities, and I hope that subsequent investigations into last week’s incident will clarify the circumstances which have led to this very unfortunate incident.

As the Force Commander of UNMISS and the most senior Ghanaian officer in South Sudan, I want to confirm that the weapons and ammunition belong to the Ghanaian contingent which is to deploy in Bentiu.

The Ghanaian contingent has just arrived in South Sudan as part of the additional troops authorized by the Security Council.

It is in South Sudan to help protect civilians, assist with access to civilians who have fled the recent fighting and violence, as well as to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Let me be clear, the weapons and ammunition found in Rumbek were never intended to serve any other purpose than that of peace and protection of South Sudanese civilians.


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