United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)Operation ASLAN
Australia: 23 September 2011 - ongoing
AO: South Sudan, Uganda.
The UN Security Council authorised establishment of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on 24 March 2005, after the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end a civil war that had lasted more than 20 years. UNMIS supported implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and assisted with protection of civilians. Following the six-year peace process, On 9 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became the newest country in the world.
UNMIS transition to UNMISS: In adopting resolution 1996 (2011) on 8 July 2011, the Security Council determined that the situation faced by South Sudan continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region and established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to consolidate peace and security and to support and help establish conditions for nation-building and development in the new Republic of South Sudan to build a viable and secure future for its people.
Following the crisis which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the Security Council, by its resolution 2155 (2014) of 27 May 2014, reinforced UNMISS and reprioritized its mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring, and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. Further information can be found here: www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/unmiss/
Australia’s contribution to UNMIS under Op AZURE transitioned to the new United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) under Op ASLAN. The Operation formally started on 23 September 2011.
Deployed: ADF contingent of up to 25 personnel engaged in key headquarters positions, aviation and logistics support roles, as well as military liaison officers. Up to 10 AFP officers assist ‘with development of police training and evaluation programs, and the provision of assistance in the mentoring and training of members of the South Sudan Police Service’.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 15 March 2012: Non-warlike Service. Uganda 'Peacetime'.
Awards: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp ‘SOUTH SUDAN’ ; UNMISS Medal
ASM with Clasp