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Kiwi soldier takes up UN South Sudan role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

A senior Kiwi military officer is set to take up a special post assisting the United Nations' peace keeping efforts in South Sudan.

Lieutenant Colonel Neville Mosley's will serve as military assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, a post held by fellow Kiwi and former MP David Shearer.

Having already spent time with the South Sudan mission in 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Mosley says he has a good knowledge of the country and the challenges facing it.

"I also have a good understanding of how the UN works with respect to the mission," he says.

South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, has been devastated by a three year civil war that has left thousands dead and an estimated 1.7 million people displaced.

The UN says more than 7.5 million people - or more than two-thirds of South Sudan's population - need urgent aid and one million children are severely malnourished.

Lieutenant Colonel Mosley will help strategically plan the UN's response to the crisis and will support Mr Shearer, who leads a multinational peacekeeping force comprised of about 13,000 troops.

He is a veteran New Zealand Army trooper, having joined in 1997, trained as a military engineer and served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.

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