Forces to help in combating inter-communal violence – UNMISS

Forces to help in combating inter-communal violence – UNMISS
Members of the National Security Service taking oath during the graduation of forces at Dr John Garang Mausoleum. [Photo Sheila Ponnie]

The Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, hailed the graduation of the unified forces as a gateway to solving the snagging inter-communal violence troubling various pockets of the country. Haysom said the country can now deploy its able men and women to secure its territory from within and build a lasting peace.  

“Importantly, we expect that the national unified forces will play a critical role in meeting the security and logistical needs for legitimate and credible elections as provided for in the peace agreement, and the national unified forces will play a critical role in building democracy,” he said while addressing attendees at the graduation of the first batch of the unified forces in Juba yesterday.

The parties were required by the 2018 peace agreement to train and graduate 83,000 personnel in the unified force to take charge of security during the transitional period.

The army’s unification had been pushed back due to missed deadlines, and civil society has been calling for an expedited process to unify the forces.

The event at the Dr John Garang Mausoleum saw the pass-out parade of 21,973 personnel.

President Salva Kiir also integrated 3,308 VIP protection forces into the army [SSPDF], 6,315 personnel into the unified National Security Service, 1,120 personnel into a unified National Prison Service, 4,366 personnel into the unified National Police force, 6,315 to the unified National Security Service, and 1,120 to the unified National Prison Service, and 3, 575 to the unified National Wildlife Services. 

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