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South Sudan the most complex for peace keepers-Shearer

By Morris Dogga

The special representative of the Secretary General David shearer has said the peace keeping operation in the country is the most difficult for peace keeping operations in the world.

In his keynote speech during the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the peacekeeper day shearer said about 55 peacekeepers lost their lives in line of duty since the country became independent in 2011.

“Our mission is undoubtedly one of the most complex of all peacekeeping operations,” he said

Shearer further said over the years there have been increasingly deadly threats on peace keepers and yet they have to undertake the task to provide protection in the complex environment.

He decried the low budget allocations for peacekeepers saying the budget for peacekeepers is less than one percent of the global military spending yet they are deployed in some of the most difficult operating environment.

However, Shearer commended the peacekeepers for their role in giving protection to the vulnerable people across the country promising that the mission would continue to protect the most vulnerable people.

On his part the special advisor to the president Nhial Deng Nhial also underscored the critical role played by the peacekeepers.

He however said the UN open policy at the Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites should be reviewed urging that it was serving as a safe haven for criminals providing information to the oppositions or other negative elements.

Nhial said the UN should work in collaboration with the government so that the PoC sites can be closed.

The UN mission in South Sudan has been in the center of criticism since the war broke out in 2013.

When the war broke out in July, the UN has been accused of failing to respond to alleged attack on aid workers in Terrain hotel.

Last year, the Ghanaian peacekeeping contingent had also been accused of sexual misconduct at Wau PoC site last year-an action contrary to their mandate.

The peacekeepers currently offer protection to over 200,000 civilians at UN protection of civilians’ sites country wide.



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