July 1, 2014 (KAMPALA) -- South Sudanese security officials temporarily on Monday prevented four staff working for the United Nations Mission in the country (UMISS
) from leaving Juba airport after confiscating their passports and identity cards.
NEW UNMISS MANDATE Johnson's surprise decision came just days after the UN Security Council (UNSC) extended UMISS
mandate with focus on civilian protection, the need to address security and the humanitarian situation worsened by the political crisis in the country.
A Sudanese Antonov plane air-dropped weapons and ammunition to the militia led by David Yau Yau, which is fighting South Sudanese troops in Jonglei state, South Sudan said on September 22 ." "'There was a white fixed-wing aircraft that was observed by UMISS
troops dropping packages,' UN Mission in South Sudan spokesman Kouider Zerrouk said today by telephone from Juba, South Sudan's capital.
'There was a white fixed-wing aircraft that was observed by UMISS
troops dropping packages,' UN Mission in South Sudan spokesman Kouider Zerrouk said today by telephone from Juba, South Sudan's capital.'" (Bloomberg, September 24, 2012) Although the UN predictably claimed it did not know what might have been in the packages dropped from a white plane it could not identify (meaning that it was not a UN aircraft), the contents were certainly military supplies for David Yau Yau's forces, provided by Khartoum's SAF or Military Intelligence.
The President also said his office, through the country's Vice-President, Riek Machar is currently looking at the possibility of renewing the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UMISS
), which on 9, July this year.