United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

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The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution on July 8, 2011 determined that the situation faced by South Sudan constitute a threat to the international peace and security in the region. The Security Council has established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. The Mission will be established initially for a period of one year starting July 9, 2011. It may be renewed for further periods as required.

The aim of the UNMISS is to consolidate peace and security in South Sudan and to help establish conditions for development. The UNMISS will provide 7,000 military personnel (including military liaison officers and staff officers) and up to 900 civilian police personnel. It reviews the situation in three and six months and will consider reduction of military personnel to a level of 6000 if possible. More then fifty countries are providing military and police support as part of the UNMISS.

As of October 2012, 850 soldiers of Rwanda are stationed in the country under UNMISS.

Leadership

  • Hilde Johnson (Norway) - Special Representative of the Secretary-General
  • Major General Moses Bisong Obi (Nigeria) - Force Commander

Timeline

December 20, 2011: The Japanese Government endorses a plan to send a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) engineering unit to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peacekeeping activities.

July 8, 2011: United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 1996 (2011) at its 6576th meeting. It welcomes the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan. The resolution decides to establish United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan initially for a period of one year to consolidate peace and security in the region.

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