Netherlands to provide police training in South Sudan

Netherlands to provide police training in South Sudan

From 2012, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee personnel as well as police officers will provide training and coaching to the South Sudanese police. The government decision to participate in a UN mission in this African country was backed by a majority in the House of Representatives on 22 December.

The team of military and police personnel, with a maximum strength of 30, will carry out its task unarmed. The security of its members will be ensured by UN military personnel from mainly African and Asian countries. In addition to building up the police apparatus, the mission may also involve sending rule-of-law and human rights experts. This reflects the fact that the Netherlands opts for a comprehensive approach to stabilisation and de-escalation, capacity-building, and addressing the causes of the conflict.


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