UNSC to debate secret assessment of RPF deployment obstacles

Daniel Danis | October 17, 2016 | 11:41 am

The Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is expected to
present to the Security Council today a confidential assessment on
challenges affecting UNMISS and the deployment of a Regional Protection
Force in South Sudan.

Hervé Ladsous will brief the members on his second monthly review on what
delays the setting up of the force.He is also expected to provide detailed
information on challenges facing UNMISS in carrying out its mandate in the

The report by Mr Ladsous will highlight the future requirements of the
Regional Protection Force.  This is according to ‘What’s in Blue’, a
website that gives insights of the work of the UN Security Council.

Over the last two months, UNMISS has issued many reports raising concerns
over killing of civilians and restriction of its movements into areas
affected by the conflicts.

The UN says such restrictions on humanitarian access and the freedom of
movement of UNMISS have continued, despite government’s commitment to
remove such restrictions.

The assessment report of Mr Ladsous this afternoon is in accordance with
the Council’s resolution 2304, which authorized deployment of a Regional
Protection Force.

The force is mandated to protect key installations such as the Juba
airport, use all necessary means to protect civilians, and to facilitate
movement of UN personnel, humanitarian actors or civilians in and around

The resolution stipulates that the Council will consider “appropriate
measures” if the Secretary-General reports that the government is not
cooperating with the force or obstructs UNMISS from doing its roles.

These measures include an arms embargo and additional targeted sanctions
such as assets freezes and travel bans.

The meeting at which Mr Ladsous will present his report is expected to
focus on Ban ki-Moon’s second confidential monthly assessment, covering the
period between September and October.

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