South Sudan gov’t wants UNMISS to negotiate before renewing its mandate next month.
With UNMISS set to renew its mandate next month, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced yesterday that the UN body had never been respectful to the country and its people, even when invited to discuss or negotiate issues.
“These are individuals who have never been courteous to us, and even when we say don’t renew the mandate, they refuse.” Let us bargain; otherwise, they will renew it without our permission,” Makuei said.
He added that the UNMISS mission was included in the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The Minister was speaking in a report by Juba Monitor seen by NCMP. Makuei was explaining the next UNMISS mandate, which is set to be renewed next month.
Meanwhile, Boboya James, a policy analyst with the Institute for Social Policy and Research, said that UNMISS renewing their mandate was not a bad thing because they had been in the country for so long, adding that their presence in the country had created confidence in most areas that had been affected by war.
“Because UNMISS is a big UN entity in the nation, it gives most South Sudanese optimism.” “The renewal is welcome news.”
He stated that the UNIMISS mission should be reviewed in response to allegations that it was breaching human rights in the nation since it had big armed forces that used economic power to cause a slew of community issues. “I believe it should be dealt with; what should be done is to have a revitalized leadership for UNMISS in the nation,” he continued.
He noted that an independent authority inside UNMISS should oversee wrongdoing, but overall, “we don’t want to see UNIMISS that simply transports water, but UNMISS that offers services.”
He said that UNMISS not contacting the government was not a request, but rather a mandate from the United Nations Security Council, which issued a resolution stating that there was a war in South Sudan and that a body was needed to lessen it.
The UNMISS program is a continuation of the UNMISS program. When the comprehensive agreement was reached, Southern Sudan and then UNIMISS remained with one S.
Some of the UNMISS duties, however, include aiding consolidation and, as a result, facilitating long-term state-building and economic growth.
Assisting the government of the Republic of South Sudan in carrying out its duties for conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and civilian protection.