UNMISUnited Nations Mission in Sudan
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The UNMIS mandate is due to expire just at the climax of that peace deal when the South becomes independent on Saturday, a split that was decided in a January referendum promised by the 2005 accord.
food from its warehouse in Al Obeid towards UNMIS compound where food
UNMIS includes over 10,000 people, most of whom are troops, as well as almost 500 military observers monitoring the peace agreement, and over 1,000 civilian staff.
Meanwhile, (UNMIS), which was established in 2005 to monitor the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan, welcomed the completion of South Kordofan elections in a press release seen by Sudan Tribune.
UNMIS' mandate also includes monitoring and verifying the ceasefire agreement, helping to set up the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for ex-combatants, as well as promoting national reconciliation and human rights.
Under UNMIS and following the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army, about 10,000 personnel provided by 69 countries have been assisting with the care and repatriation of refugees and monitoring the ceasefire.
He was then appointed Chairman of the Inter-departmental Task Force for Sudan (ITF) and served in that capacity until becoming Principal Deputy Special Representative with UNMIS.
With more than 70 countries, including China, South Korea, India and other Asian nations, currently participating in UNMIS, Japan is scrambling to catch up in order to promote its leadership as president of the Group of Eight countries this year and to score marks for its bid for a permanent seat on the U.N.
A member of the Pakistan battalion of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) assists a resident of the Blue Nile State walk to a free medical treatment camp (UN Photo/Johann Hattingh)
In 2008, I published a report that detailed the resurgence of government-supported militias in South Kordofan -- including in a village called Al-Fayd -- and concluded that "many now view war in the Nuba Mountains as inevitable." UNMIS pooh-poohed the report, which it said was "far from the reality on the ground." Fast-forward to April this year, on the eve of war, and an attack by militia who, according to UNMIS, "killed C* looted C* burnt houses and raped." The village?
"Approximately 14 rounds were believed fired from various positions close to the UNMIS compound," the report read.