A final United Nations memo on Britain, Germany, Sweden and Jordan’s withdrawals of police from a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan without telling the world body, left out draft language questioning Britain’s Security Council veto power.
A source from the UN said on condition of anonymity on Friday in Washington that the one-page confidential note to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, from the Peacekeeping Chief, Herve Ladsous, dated July 15, said that the four countries would be barred from replacing the police once South Sudan’s situation improves.
He said that the note to Ban was largely similar to a draft memo, sent on Wednesday, but it did not have language questioning Britain’s Security Council veto power when “they themselves are quick to abandon their post in challenging situations.”
He, however, said that it was not immediately clear why the language on Britain’s Security Council veto power was not included in the final memo.
Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in South Sudan’s capital Juba for several days earlier this month between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing Vice President Riek Machar. At least 272 people were killed.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the British UN mission said that Britain temporarily removed two unarmed police officers on July 13 “for the officers’ safety.
He said the action was immediately communicated to the UN police adviser in advance.
The official disclosed that Ladsous’ note to Ban said the departure of the police officers from the four countries had “affected the operational capability of the mission at headquarters level.
He said the Peacekeeping chief also added that the removal has also dealt a serious blow to the morale of its peacekeepers. (Reuters/NAN)