Juba pushing for Somalia-like AU peacekeeping mission
Sunday September 6 2015
Anti-war protesters from Women’s Monthly Forum on Peace Process and Working Women Association of the University of Juba on April 2, 2015. PHOTO | SAMIR BOL | ANADOLU AGENCY
Juba says the idea is to have a force with contributions from countries neighbouring South Sudan, controlled by the AU and funded by the United Nations, just like the African Union Mission in Somalia.
According to the recently signed Compromise Peace Agreement on South Sudan, troops from Igad partner states and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will take charge of Juba for 30 months of the transition period until elections are conducted in 2018.
Juba has not been happy with UNMISS since the civil war broke out in December 2013. The government says UNMISS - established in July 2011- has been unable to cope with the challenges of the civil war, which was not part of its mandate.