UN Security Council Votes ‘Yes’ on Intervention Force for South Sudan
By Enough Project experts,
August 12, 2016(Nyamilepedia) –– The United Nations Security Council has just authorized an intervention force for South Sudan. The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country.
Brian Adeba, Associate Policy Director at the Enough Project, said: This vote should be applauded. Peace and the protection of civilian lives in South Sudan should be the principal elements in the discourse on the intervention force. The intervention force will supplement the regional effort to cement peace and protection of civilians in South Sudan.
John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: “Beefing up the protection of civilians in high risk areas is a crucial upgrade to the international community’s response to the South Sudanese crisis. However, it is crucial that international leverage be increased for the unhindered deployment of that force, the delivery of life-saving aid, and the implementation of the peace agreement. The best way to enhance international leverage is to impose targeted sanctions on spoilers and move forward with an arms embargo. Threats no longer seem to faze those prosecuting the war. The bark needs to move to a bite.”
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Adeba added: “The intervention force holds tremendous potential to protect civilians and sustain peace in South Sudan.”
As South Sudan approaches the first year anniversary of the peace deal signed on August 26, 2015 that ended its civil war, the situation continues to be volatile. Sporadic armed conflict, atrocities, and military attacks on civilians continue in the capital and across the country. Hundreds have been killed and thousands have been displaced in the most recent fighting, and in many areas communities and internally displaced people face famine-like conditions.
Experts at the Enough Project are now available for comment, analysis and interviews:
- John Prendergast, Founding Director, Enough Project
- Brian Adeba, Associate Director of Policy, Enough Project
Recent TV interviews:
- John Prendergast discusses South Sudan on NPR Morning Edition (July 20, 2016)
- Brian Adeba discusses South Sudan on Al Jazeera (July 18, 2016)
Recent reports on South Sudan:
- A Hope from Within? Countering the intentional destruction of governance and transparency in South Sudan by Brian Adeba (July 2016)
- Stolen Assets Must be Returned to the South Sudanese People by John Prendergast and Brian Adeba (June 2016)
- The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy by John Prendergast (May 2016)
- The Daily Beast: Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan? by John Prendergast (July 2016)
- Newsweek: Countering the Wizards of a Dystopian Oz by John Prendergast (May 2016)
- Congressional testimony of John Prendergast – South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security (April 2016)
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