UN chief proposes to amend UNMISS mandate to meet peace implementation

UN Secretary-General (file photo)

March 8th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guteries said on Thursday in a report that the mandate of the UN mission in South Sudan should be renewed and updated to meet the implementation of the peace agreement.

South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement in September last year to end the ongoing five-year old brutal civil war in the country.

Lats month, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan, David Shearer told a news conference in New York that people need help return to their homes following the signing of the agreement.

“While the four pillars of the mandate remain valid, I propose that the mandate be renewed for one year and be strengthened to allow the Mission to support the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement and the peace process in a nimble and flexible manner, including through the provision of technical assistance for peacebuilding priorities,” he said in a 18-page report to the Council seen by the Nyamilepedia.

Guteries said he proposed to amend the UN mandate in South Sudan to even provide protection to those living outside UN protection sites across the country.

“I propose to amend the UNMISS mandate to allow the Mission to better support such returns, beyond those currently living in UNMISS protection sites, in a voluntary and dignified manner and to help make returns safe and sustainable,” Guteries added.