IllustrasjonIllustrasjonhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR8631.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2613UNMISS was established when South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold
Bilder fra gatene i Juba, Sør-Sudan / From the streets of Juba in South SudanBilder fra gatene i Juba, Sør-Sudan / From the streets of Juba in South Sudanhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR0320.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2612From the streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold
Stabsjef, Oberst Petter Lindqvist foran UNMISS hovedkvarteret i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff, Colonel Petter Lindqvist in UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South SudanStabsjef, Oberst Petter Lindqvist foran UNMISS hovedkvarteret i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff, Colonel Petter Lindqvist in UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South Sudanhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR0858.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=179Norwegian Colonel Petter Lindqvist served as Chief of Staff at the UNMISS Headquarters in Juba, South Sudan in 2013/14. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold

South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the world's youngest nations. Since 2011, the Norwegian Armed Forces have participated in the UNMISS mission.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Norwegian Armed Forces have 16 officers in the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The contribution consists of military liaison officers and staff officers. 

The staff officers work in the UNMISS Headquarters in the capital Juba and are responsible for personnel, operations, planning, training, education and information. The military liaison officers are stationed at a number of locations across the country. They serve as links between military forces, and they have close contact with South Sudanese authorities.

Backgroun​​d

South Sudan became the world's youngest natio​​n when the country broke away from Sudan after a referendum on 9 July 2011. The United Nations played a leading role in working out the peace agreement between the parts, in an area plagued with civil war and unrest for decades. Today, the relationship between the two countries is tense at times, especially when it comes to border issues and distribution of the oil resources in the area.

Internal pr​​​oblems

Shortly after its independence, South Sudan experienced internal conflicts and unrest. This laid the foundation for the UN Mission. Different ethnic conflicts have caused severe political problems, and armed rebel groups have gained control in some areas in the north of the country. In December 2013, the country broke into civil war. As of 2015, the conflict is still ongoing, wit​h brutal attacks and more than 730,000 refugees, according to the UN. A new peace agreement between the warring parties was signed in August 2015.

The conflict has led to a stronger UN presence in the country. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) works to secure peace in the country, protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian work. The mission has up to 12,500 military personnel, while the police missio​​n has up to 1,323 personnel. ​

 Other International Operations

 

 

Mali<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/20160921tk_R9354.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />MaliNorway participates in MINUSMA in Mali. The UN mission supports the local authorities in maintaining control and peace in the African nation.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/mali
Balkans<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/tk7529-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BalkansThe Norwegian Armed Forces have played an active part in stabilising the Balkans since the 1990s.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/balkans
Middle East<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/HMKG_UNTSO_Brendefur_051115_03.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Middle EastPersonnel from the Norwegian Armed Forces participate in several international operations in the Middle East.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/middle-east

Published 13 June 2015 21:44.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:56.