March 13, 2014

S.Sudan:UN Calls For Respect Of Security Agreements

The United Nations Mission in the war torn country South Sudan has called respect of Security agreements and free movement of United Nations officials.

UN staff assist two refugees from Darfur who travelled to Bentiu, South Sudan and were then trapped by fighting there. Photo: UNHCR/K. McKinsey
UN staff assist two refugees from Darfur who travelled to Bentiu, South Sudan and were then trapped by fighting there. Photo: UNHCR/K. McKinsey

The UN Mission is South Sudan has reported increasing difficulties in implementing its mandate due to growing restrictions of movement.

They have therefore called upon all parties involved to respect the work done by UN staff and the inviolability of the Organization’s assets and premises.

The Mission said that such restrictions of movement are in violation of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which establishes the rights and privileges of foreign personnel in a host country in support of a larger security arrangement, under which the Mission operates.

The Mission reports that it is paying close attention to the trial and fate of the four detainees accused of plotting to overthrow the Government in December, and who appeared before a Special Court in Juba.

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