The UN will investigate error in transport of weapons for new contingent

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 UNMISSCargoCargo claimed to be a UN shipment with weapons, blankets and army uniform on the way from Rumbek to Bentiu. (Talk of Juba)

Juba, 6 March 2014: It is the policy of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that during the crisis in South Sudan all arms and ammunition for peacekeeping contingents are flown into respective areas of deployment and not taken by road. This is an important security measure.

In connection with the transport of cargo of general goods belonging to the Ghanaian battalion on its way to Bentiu, several containers were wrongly labelled and inadvertently contained weapons and ammunition. This is regrettable. The Ghanaian troops are part of the surge of UNMISS troops to assist South Sudan and the goods were en route to Bentiu, passing through Rumbek.

UN Headquarters intends to dispatch a high level investigation team to look into this matter on an urgent basis, in cooperation with the Government of South Sudan.

For further information or media enquiries,
Spokesperson: Ariane Quentier – quentier@un.org +211 912 177 770

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