South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of South Sudan on the deployment of UN peacekeepers in that country; and whether he plans for those peacekeepers to include UK service personnel.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We regularly discuss with the Government of South Sudan the need to cooperate fully with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in order to allow the mission to effectively fulfil its mandate, including the protection of civilians, monitoring the human rights situation, and securing the delivery of humanitarian aid. We continue to urge them to make progress on this issue. Most recently, the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan raised this directly with President Kiir on 2 March.

We are currently in the process of deploying 379 UK troops to UNMISS. They will carry out vital engineering and advisory support, and will set up a field hospital in Bentiu.

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