SUDAN WATCH: UNMIS: UN police forces have been training police authorities in north and south Sudan on election security

Thursday, April 15, 2010

UNMIS: UN police forces have been training police authorities in north and south Sudan on election security

UNMIS & UNAMID Facts and Figures
Part of the UN’s mission is to provide security. As of 28 February 2010:
UNMIS (United Nations Mission in the Sudan) in southern Sudan, consists of 10,541 total uniformed personnel including 9,390 troops, 477 military observers and 674 police officers supported by 837 international civilian personnel, 2,620 local civilian staff and 375 United Nations Volunteers. [Source: www.un.org UNMIS Facts and Figures. Note: Statistics for international and local civilians are as of 31 January 2010]

UNAMID (African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur) in western Sudan, consists of 21,800 total uniformed personnel including 16,852 troops, 273 military observers and 4,675 police officers, supported by 1,129 international civilian personnel, 2,526 local civilian staff and 410 United Nations Volunteers. [Source: www.un.org UNAMID Facts and Figures. Note: Statistics for international and local civilians are as of 31 January 2010]
The UN Provides Logistical Support for Elections, Security in Sudan
From VOA News by Peter Clottey, Wednesday, 14 April 2010:
A top official of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) says the world body is supporting the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), an effort supported by the government in Khartoum and its former adversaries, the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

“There has been a commitment by both parties to the implementation of the CPA and they have been [marking] the milestones for the implementation – one is the polls, and the UN Mission supports the Sudanese national elections commission with limited logistical support,” said UNMIS spokesman Ashraf Eissa.

Part of the UN’s mission is to provide security. UNMIS consists of over 17,000 military personnel and over 3,000 civilian police personnel.

“The UN police forces,” said Eissa, “have been training the police authorities in north and south Sudan on election security, and securing election ballots and stations.”

“We have had our civil access teams deployed to tense areas talking to tribal chiefs and resolving issue of contention in hot spots.

And the UN has been arranging patrols in areas with tribal violence in southern Sudan. They have been successful in diffusing tensions and stabilizing regions where tension is possible.”

In 2006 the United Nations-Habitat, which works on human settlements, opened a new office in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to help resettle over two million internally displaced persons and refugees.

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