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New UN Mission for South Sudan to Emphasize Security, Rule of Law

Head of the mission, Hilde Johnson, says mission will emphasize conflict resolution and protection of civilians, support for security, human rights, justice, and rule of law

With South Sudan now fully independent, plans are underway to deploy a new United Nations peacekeeping force in the country. The UN Security Council unanimously approved that force last week, assuring the new nation of military and police support to help maintain peace and security.

Today, the newly appointed head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson, who is also the special representative of the UN secretary general to South Sudan, met with journalists for the first time since her appointment. Johnson is a veteran of south Sudanese affairs. As the Norwegian minister of International Development, she was heavily involved in the north-south negotiations and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. Recently, she wrote a book on that topic, called Waging Peace in Sudan. Previously, she was also the deputy director of the UN Children’s Agency.

At a press conference today, she spoke about the mandate of the new mission as featured in UN Security Council Resolution 1996.

She spoke with reporter Charleton Doki in Juba.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon