UN Security Council Extends Peacekeeping Mission In South Sudan - France Deputy Envoy
UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th March, 2019) A resolution to extend for a year the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been adopted, French Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Anne Gueguen said during a UN Security Council meeting.
"We are concerned that the document, which is supposed to clearly outline the mandate of peacekeepers, is overburdened with formulations and wording on gender issues and human rights," Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy said.
"The latter is placed higher in tasks of the mission than the implementation of the peace agreement."
Last year, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed the peace agreement in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum with the former vice-president and rebel leader Riek Machar to end the civil war that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people since the beginning of the conflict.
In more than five-years of ethnic-based fighting the Dinka tribal forces aligned with Kiir have battled rival Nuer tribal forces led by ousted Machar.