UN Security Council renews mandate of peacekeeping force in Abyei
The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Abyei — a contested region bordering Sudan and South Sudan — for five months, until Dec. 15.
The extension means that the 4,090 United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) peacekeeping personnel will continue to protect civilians in the resource-rich region, which straddles Sudan and South Sudan.
The UNISFA mission was established by a security council resolution on June 27, 2011 in response to concerns about violence, escalating tensions and population displacement in the weeks before South Sudan became independent from Sudan. The renewal is an extension of UNISFA’s current mandate which expires on July 15, 2015.
South Sudan beefs up security in Juba ahead of new cabinet
The South Sudanese capital, Juba on Tuesday an unusually heavy deployment of joint security forces on major streets and surrounding areas, allegedly in preparation for the announcement by president Salva Kiir of new cabinet members
The unexpected move comes a day after president Kiir held a meeting with state governors and members of his ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
Officers drawn from all police units as well as the army, predominantly members of the presidential guard division as well as plain-clothed security forces could be seen patrolling the streets of the country’s capital and surrounding areas within town.