Adjust UN Forces in Abyei to Realities, Peacekeeping Chief Urges Security Council (20 Sept 2018)

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Remarks by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), on the situation in South Sudan.

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix urged the Security Council to consider the reconfiguration recommendations for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to build on the “promising collaboration” between Sudan and South Sudan.

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Addressing the Council today (20 Sep), Lacroix said the recommendations made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres call for a modest adjustment in UNISFA’s mandate on the border monitoring mechanism within current resources and would provide the Mission with the ability to better support border demarcation efforts by the African Union Border Programme.

Lacroix said the past few months witnessed a number of positive developments in the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, not the least of which were the efforts undertaken, by Sudan in facilitating talks between the South Sudanese parties in Khartoum. He said, “building upon this promising collaboration between the countries, I would urge the Council to consider the reconfiguration recommendations outlined by the Secretary-General in his letter on 20 August, to adjust UNISFA to the current realities so as to best support both governments in their efforts to implement their agreements.”

Read More: https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1019972

Screenshot Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

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