UNMISS State Coordinator Briefs Press On Mandate

UNMISS Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Coordinator Mr. Seth Kumi adressing the media. [Abraham Agoth]

Kumi said that they are looking forward to increase awareness about the role of UNMISS in South Sudan and particularly in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

“Following reports of aerial bombardments in the state’s border area of Kiir Adem in Aweil North county few days ago, this imposed lots of pressure on UNMISS to send teams alongside with state authorities to verify the facts on the ground.” Mr. Kumi said.
 
“The approved UNMISS operational map places Kiir Adem outside the Mission’s area of operations. The existing UN rules therefore do not allow UNMISS military or civilian personnel to conduct patrols to or carry out any other activities in the area,” he said.

He said the decisions on these matters are not taken by the UNMISS State Office but are predetermined at UN Headquarters in relation to the mandate given to the emission.

Authorities in Aweil North County reported that the aerial bombardments left seven people dead and eight others injured.

At a press briefing in July this year after the Security Council extended the mandate of UNMISS through to 15 July 2013, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Hilde F. Johnson said that it was imperative to ensure that everybody was informed about the mandate and role of UNMISS.

There has been a lot of misunderstanding by the locals on the role of the Mission with some residents having expectations that the UNMISS could help intervene in their situations which is beyond their mandate.

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