South Sudan

UNMISS Denies Shipping Weapons Again

try sans-serif;”>Three UNMISS ferries were reportedly intercepted medicine sans-serif;”>at the Bor River Port ambulance sans-serif;”>by National Security in Bor, Jonglei state carrying arms.

“These barges are being escorted by armed UNMISS peacekeepers, but none of the cargo aboard these vessels contains any military equipment,” says UNMISS in a social media message.

“…ammunition aboard barges contracted by UNMISS to deliver urgently needed fuel and food supplies to the UNMISS base in Malakal.”

UNMISS, continues the message, categorically denies social media reports of earlier today claiming that National Security agents in Bor discovered arms and ammunitions.

In a similar incident last month, SPLA caught weapons allegedly being carried by UN trucks at Rumbek, Lakes states being ferried to Bentiu, the capital of Unity States.

The shipment weapons, blankets and army uniforms being carried by 13 UN trucks.

Ariane Quentier, the UNMISS spokesperson, said the weapons were being transported erroneously in a cargo of general goods belonging to the Ghanaian battalion on its way to Bentiu.

While yesterday’s incident, was poised to strain relations between the NGO and the government of South Sudan, UNMISS has quickly cleared its name.

“UNMISS mandate is to protect civilians facing violence, to protect UN personnel and assets, and to defend itself, in keeping with its mandate.”

UNMISS has thus called upon all displaced persons to remain calm, exercise restraint, strictly respect the ground rules governing their stay in the camps and desist from any actions that may provoke violence. “Mission reaffirms its determination to use all necessary means.”


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