Security Council extends UN Mission in South Sudan through May 2015
The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for an additional six months, maintaining its mandate to focus on civilian protection, facilitation of relief assistance, and human rights monitoring. The Security Council expressed its “grave alarm about the further deteriorating political, security and humanitarian crisis” in South Sudan, extended UNMISS until May 30, 2015 and continued the authorization for UNMISS to use “all necessary means” to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, create the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance, and support the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. In addition, the Security Council requested UNMISS to focus and streamline its activities, across its military, police and civilian components, in order to achieve progress on these task. In its unanimously adopted resolution 2187 (2014) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Security Council also demanded that the Government of South Sudan and all relevant parties fully cooperate in UNMISS’ deployment, operations and monitoring, verification and reporting functions. It called upon the Government of South Sudan to ensure freedom of movement for internally displaced persons, including those leaving and entering protection of civilian sites, and to continue to support UNMISS by allocating land for such sites. The authorized troop and police strengths of UNMISS will remain 12,500 and 1,323, respectively, figures decided in late December 2013, after the conflict between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar broke out and led to nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS base.