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UN Security Council Votes ‘Yes’ on Intervention Force for South Sudan

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UN Security Council Votes ‘Yes’ on Intervention Force for South Sudan

Posted by Enough Team on August 12, 2016

Enough Project experts available for interviews and analysis

The United Nations Security Council has just authorized an intervention force for South Sudan. The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country.

Brian Adeba, Associate Policy Director at the Enough Project, said: This vote should be applauded. Peace and the protection of civilian lives in South Sudan should be the principal elements in the discourse on the intervention force. The intervention force will supplement the regional effort to cement peace and protection of civilians in South Sudan.

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: “Beefing up the protection of civilians in high risk areas is a crucial upgrade to the international community’s response to the South Sudanese crisis.  However, it is crucial that international leverage be increased for the unhindered deployment of that force, the delivery of life-saving aid, and the implementation of the peace agreement.  The best way to enhance international leverage is to impose targeted sanctions on spoilers and move forward with an arms embargo.  Threats no longer seem to faze those prosecuting the war.  The bark needs to move to a bite.”

Adeba added: “The intervention force holds tremendous potential to protect civilians and sustain peace in South Sudan.”

As South Sudan approaches the first year anniversary of the peace deal signed on August 26, 2015 that ended its civil war, the situation continues to be volatile. Sporadic armed conflict, atrocities, and military attacks on civilians continue in the capital and across the country. Hundreds have been killed and thousands have been displaced in the most recent fighting, and in many areas communities and internally displaced people face famine-like conditions.

Experts at the Enough Project are now available for comment, analysis and interviews:

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