SUDAN: UN EXTENDS DARFUR PEACEKEEPING MISSION’S MANDATE FOR A YEAR

NEW YORK, -- The UN Security Council (UNSC) today decided to extend the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid), for one year, until 30 June 2017.

In a press statement, the UNSC said that unanimously adopting resolution 2296 (2016), the Council further decided that Unamid will consist of up to 15,845 military personnel, 1,583 police personnel and 13 formed police units of up to 140 personnel each.

This authorised troop and police ceiling remains unchanged from when the Council extended Unamid's mandate a year ago.

The extension of the mandate comes in spite of calls from Khartoum for Unamid to wind-up its operations.

"Unamid must continue to give priority in decisions regarding the use of available capacity and resources to the protection of civilians across Darfur..."

By the text of the resolution, the Council underlined that Unamid must continue to give priority in decisions regarding the use of available capacity and resources to the protection of civilians across Darfur, including women and children; and ensuring safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access, as well as the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and activities.

Source: Name News Network

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