UK Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning has said that British troops will continue to support the UN’s efforts to promote stability in South Sudan.
The UK military personnel are currently performing engineering tasks in support of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The tasks include performing work on a helicopter landing site in Malakal and facilities to improve water supply, drainage to prevent flooding in the East African nation.
Nearly 100 Royal Engineers are carrying out building tasks in preparation for the main deployment of nearly 400 troops in the near future, which would become one of the UK’s largest operational deployments worldwide.
Penning said: “The UN is working hard to protect civilians and promote stability in South Sudan, and the UK continues to support this important effort.
“This will be the UK’s single largest deployment to a UN mission with almost 400 of our troops carrying out vital engineering tasks on the ground and a number of key roles within the UN headquarters.”
The engineering tasks are being conducted at the UN’s camps in both Malakal and Bentiu to enhance UNMISS’s efforts.
A temporary field hospital will be built in Bentiu, followed by a permanent hospital that will be built in support of more than 1,000 UN peacekeepers and staff.
In 2015, the then UK Prime Minister David Cameron committed to deploy troops to support stability in South Sudan and Somalia.
The UK has already made a substantial financial contribution since the start of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan in December 2013.
Image: UK Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning arrives in South Sudan. Photo: courtesy of UK Government.