UNMISS to downsize its peacekeepers next year

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has proposed to decrease its peacekeeper’s troops in 2022. Special Representative of the UN Secretary David Shearer said peacekeepers should be reduced by 7%.

The UN Mission has deployed around 20,000 troops in the youngest nation to protect civilians. On Tuesday, the formal announcement was made during a media briefing in Juba.

In his farewell, David Shearer commended UN peacekeepers’ roles have helped reduce violence and bring diverse communities together to reconcile and build peace.

He stated that the UN would build the local institution’s capacity, including the court, justice system reform, and national police, as part of the peace agreement’s security reform.

The Head of UNMISS has worked in the country for four years as UN top envoy. His last day gives him good memory of leading the UN in good faith.

David promised to keep South Sudanese in his heart. “I will not forget the people of this country for their resilient and remarkable patient.” Simultaneously, warning that the peace process remains fragile and there still much to be done include transitional justice and constitutional making process.

The top UN official called for peaceful coexistence among the different communities to create a brighter future for South Sudan.

UNMISS has recently handed over UN protection sites, including Juba, Bentiu, and Bor POCs. The Unity government, after-parties to the Revitalize Agreement, made some significant progress by forming the government. However, some contentious hindrance areas are yet to be implemented.

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