The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you an article authored by Meressa Kahsu, Researcher and Training Coordinator at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), titled “Where to from here for the UN in South Sudan?”
The article highlights the major factors that have contributed for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in failing to achieve one of its core mandates relating to the protection of civilians. It points out that a more robust operational mandate with matching capabilities might be the last shot at success for UNMISS. Considering the expiry of the current mandate of the mission on 15 December and the possibility of extension after that timeline, the article raises key questions, such as:
=> Would UNMISS be able to overcome the many hiccups it has experienced to effectively support the peace process beyond December?
=> Would UNMISS continue with a similar mandate; or will the mission be empowered with an executive mandate of full capability?
In conclusion, the article emphasises the point that UNMISS should transform the divided Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which continues to pose real threats to the security and safety of civilians, challenging the dominant narrative of the entire peace process and the need to for a comprehensive reform and restructuring of the SPLA into an accountable security force. For this to happen, among others, the paper argues that the UN Security Council (UNSC) should strengthen the mandate of UNMISS and ensure that it is fully equipped to effectively implement the mandate.
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