South Sudan

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the ability of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan to deal with the situation there; and whether it has adequate capacity to deal with the number of civilians in need of protection.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK is deeply concerned by the terrible violence in South Sudan that began in December. The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan has played a vital role in protecting many thousands of civilians in its bases and in providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by fighting across the country. The scale of the violence has stretched the resources of the mission, and we therefore fully support the increase of the mission’s authorised forces by an additional five battalions (5,500 troops) and three formed police units (480 personnel), which was agreed by the Security Council’s unanimous adoption of resolution 2132 (2013) on 24 December.

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