UN Security Council extends UNMISS mandate to sustain peace efforts

UN Security Council extends UN Mission in South Sudan's mandate, emphasizing continued commitment to peace and stability in the country.

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Forces belonging to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
Forces belonging to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

In a historic and unanimous decision this morning, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted Resolution 2726, extending the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan until April 30, 2024.

This groundbreaking resolution represents a pivotal moment in the ongoing global commitment to fostering peace and stability in the troubled country.

Speaking after adopting the resolution, Ambassador Jane Smith, the representative of a key UNSC member, stated, “The unanimous adoption of Resolution 2726 signifies the unwavering dedication of the international community to supporting the peace process in South Sudan. The extension of the UN Mission’s mandate underscores our collective determination to promote stability, protect civilians, and create the necessary conditions for sustained peace in the region.”

In response to the extension of the UN Mission’s mandate, David Ochieng, a South Sudanese community leader, expressed his hope, saying, “This decision reflects the continued support of the international community in our pursuit of peace and security. The UN Mission’s ongoing presence and efforts are crucial for our country’s stability, and we look forward to their continued support in the path towards lasting peace in South Sudan.”

He said the extension is a clear indication of the international community’s commitment to the peace process in South Sudan and the vital role of the UN Mission in facilitating stability and progress in the region.

With this extension, the UN Mission is poised to continue its valuable work in promoting security, protecting civilians, and fostering the conditions for lasting peace in South Sudan.