South Sudan: Deployment of UN-mandated regional protection force begins

South Sudan Photo: Isaac Billy

The phased deployment in South Sudan of the United Nations-authorized regional protection force has begun, freeing existing peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond the capital, Juba. “Having additional troops means we can carry out more tasks related to our mandate, to protect civilians and build durable peace,” the Secretary General’s Special Representative and the head of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, told a news conference today in Juba. Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, South Sudan slipped back into conflict due to renewed clashes…

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