New York/Juba, December 15, 2016 (SSNA) — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Thursday extended its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by one day, however, the council members disagree on a host of many issues on the United States-drafted resolution and that some member states demand “serious negotiation.”
In August, this year, the UN extended its mission until December 15. The move came just over a month after South Sudanese former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar was forced out of Juba.
It Is not clear whether the Security Council will agree on the extension after Russian Federation and other nations refused to endorse the US-backed resolution.
Russia says the US-resolution wants to impose sanctions to be imposed on South Sudan, adding that the United States wants the UN to deploy aerial drones to monitor South Sudan.
“There are several delegations that have very serious concerns, and we knew it from the very beginning,” Russia’s deputy Ambassador to the United nations, Petr Iliichev said.
The resolution, seen by the South Sudan News Agency, cites 13 general resolutions and five statements inked by current and past Council presidents.
“Determining that the situation in South Sudan continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security. Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, [the UN] decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), as set out in resolution 2252 (2015), and as further set out in resolution 2304 (2016), until 16 December 2016, and further decides that UNMISS shall continue to include a Regional Protection Force (RPF) with the mandate set forth in resolution 2304 (2016),” the resolution declared.
The United Nations also authorizes UNMISS and regional protection force to use “all necessary means given to it under UNSC resolutions to perform their duties.