UN mis­sion in South Su­dan crit­i­cised over July at­tacks

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

UNITED NA­TIONS (AP): AN IN­DE­PEN­DENT in­ves­ti­ga­tion of at­tacks in South Su­dan in July on a UN com­pound hous­ing 27,000 dis­placed peo­ple is sharply crit­i­cal of the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion’s lead­er­ship and the re­sponse by troops from China, Ethiopia, Nepal and In­dia.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ re­port, re­leased yes­ter­day, also crit­i­cises the UN mis­sion and its peace­keep­ers for fail­ing to re­spond to an at­tack on the Ter­rain Camp, a pri­vate com­pound not far away where UN staff, aid work­ers and lo­cal staff were robbed, beaten, raped and killed by armed sol­diers.

The re­port said “a lack of lead­er­ship on the part of key se­nior mis­sion per­son­nel cul­mi­nated in a chaotic and in­ef­fec­tive re­sponse to the vi­o­lence” at the UN com­pound, known as UN House.

It said peace­keep­ers didn’t op­er­ate un­der uni­fied com­mand and were “risk-averse”.

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