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UN extended UNMISS’ mandate ‘without our involvement’

Author : | Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the government was not consulted when the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan.

The Security Council failed to confer with the government on the extension of UNMISS mandate, said Peter Beshir Gbandi, deputy foreign affairs minister.

In April, the government said it wanted to review the Chapter 7 agreement which allows UNMISS to act with respect to threats to peace, breaches of peace, and acts of aggression.

UNMISS mandate in South Sudan is renewed every July by the Security Council.

However, on Tuesday, the Council extended the mandate till November 30th, 2014 and authorized it to use all necessary means to protect civilians.

Mr Gbandi today said the extension has been made before the expected month.

He said the government will raise the matter with the UN body.

“Now the UN has already renewed the mandate of UNMISS….it has been done without our consultation,” he said.

“The normal time for it is normally July but they decided to bring it ahead without our involvement; we will still query this as the government because we feel that we should be consulted.”

South Sudan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Francis Mading Deng told the Security Council on Tuesday that the government will continue to cooperate with UNMISS.

The cooperation between the government of South Sudan and UNMISS are bound by the Status of Force Agreement, known as SOFA, signed by both parties.

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