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Our Police Force Praised By UNMISS

Specialists serving in the Fiji Police Force will be part of future deployments under UNMISS (United Nations Missions In the Republic of South Sudan). This was made known to the
05 Aug 2015 11:48
Our Police Force Praised By UNMISS
Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva (sitting middle), Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald, and Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho with some of the Fijian and Samoan UNMISS contingent .

Specialists serving in the Fiji Police Force will be part of future deployments under UNMISS (United Nations Missions In the Republic of South Sudan).

This was made known to the visiting Ministerial delegation led by Defence Minister Timoci Natuva on to their last leg of the Middle East tour, the team met with senior UNMISS officials.

UNMISS Police Head, Commissioner Fred Yiga, praised the Fijian contingent’s performance and was optimistic about including more Fijians in future deployments.

The delegation also met with the Deputy Force Commander Major-General Yang who briefed the visitors on the current situation and future development in their Area of Operation in accordance with the UN Mandate and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

While he was well aware of the volatile situation in South Sudan, Mr Natuva  inquired about the acknowledgement of the South Sudanese Government towards the agreement with UN assisting authority and presence.

Mr Natuva also raised concerns about the safety and security of Fijian personnel with Major-General Yang. This was in terms of “medical evacuation and extraction from hot spots when necessary.”

Despite its small size, the performance of the Fijian contingent was acknowledged.

UNMISS Chief of Staff Paul Egunsola expressed appreciation to the Fijian Government for the contribution to the Mission and looked forward to the continuous support.

 

HISTORY

On 9 July 2011 South Sudan became the newest country in the world. The birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the culmination of a six-year peace process which began with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

In adopting resolution 1996 (2011)on 8 July 2011, the Security Council determined that the situation faced by South Sudan continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region and established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development.

Following the crisis which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the Security Council, by its resolution 2155 (2014)of 27 May 2014, reinforced UNMISS and reprioritized its mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring, and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and increased the Mission’s troop strength to 12,500 and a police component to up to 1323 personnel.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 

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