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S/Sudan: UN extends UNISFA mandate

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in South Sidan until 15 November, reports said on Wednesday.The  15-member Council also decided to reduce its authorized troop ceiling  to 3,550 and increase its authorized police ceiling to 640 personnel, including 148 individual police officers.

Jonathan  R. Cohen, a U.S. Envoy, said increasing the number of UNISFA police  officers while reducing the number of its peacekeepers will help to address crime and other local challenges.

Noting  UNISFA’s continuing contributions to peace and stability in the region,  Yao Shaoju, a Chinese Envoy, stressed that the international community must support its efforts and refrain from imposing solutions.

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