AUGUST 27, 2009: UN Says New Peacekeeping Mandates Needed for LRA Hunt

UN Says New Peacekeeping Mandates Needed for LRA Hunt

SOURCE: AFP

KAMPALA, Aug 27, 2009 (AFP) - Changes to the UN peacekeepers' mandates are essential to curbing attacks by Ugandan rebels and facilitating relief to southern Sudan, a top UN official said here Thursday.

"Clearly the mandate for us to go after the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) is not within the current Security Council mandate," Susana Malcorra, the UN undersecretary general for field support on peacekeeping operations, said.

The UN recently suspended aid to south Sudan's Western Equatoria province, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following an upsurge in attacks by the LRA.

Malcorra explained that the UN's peacekeeping force in DR Congo (MONUC) and the deployment in Sudan (UNMIS) both lack the capacity and the authority to address the problem in Western Equatoria...

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