Closure of UNMIS
UNMIS wound up its operations on 9 July 2011 with the completion of the interim period agreed on by the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on 9 January 2005.
The mission ended its six years of mandated operations the same day South Sudan declared independence, following a CPA-provided referendum on 9 January 2011 that voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession.
In support of the new nation, the Security Council established a successor mission to UNMIS – the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – on 9 July for an initial period of one year, with the intention to renew for further periods as required.
10 May 2011
9 May 2011 - Aiming to improve grassroots level understanding of post-referendum arrangements, good governance and democracy, UNMIS began a two-day workshop for 50 participants today in Rubkona County, Unity State.
"We are grateful to UNMIS for organizing this workshop," said County Executive Director Matek Tor, as he opened the workshop. "They have been very helpful to us and we hope they will continue to do so until we raise our flag of independence."
Also attended by other government officials, political party envoys, local chiefs and representatives from community based organizations, women and youth, the workshop responded to a need to prepare citizens for their nation-building role, come 9 July when Southern Sudan becomes independent.
"We are conducting this workshop not because the participants do not know about good governance or democracy, but because we want to bring all that they know to the international standards," said UNMIS Civil Affairs Officer Kwame Dwamena.
"The aim is to share the ideas we have from around the world for the benefit of the people here in Unity State," he added.
Topics to be covered during the workshop are UNMIS' mandate, referendum and post-referendum arrangements, good governance in a post conflict state, building a democratic state, human rights, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration and conflict prevention as well as resolution.
"We want UNMIS to continue to assist us as we approach the final step towards independence of Southern Sudan," said workshop participant Stephen Gatdet, head chief of Nor-lam.
Similar workshops will be conducted in Guit, Leer, Mayedit and Panyijar counties before the end of June.