“We will mobilize and educate our people to understand this agreement between us and the mandate of the mission,” he said. The Agreement also obliged UNAMAS to cooperate impartially and with integrity in fulfilling its mandate as defined in the Security Council resolution. In addition, UNMIS must ensure that United Nations personnel fully comply with South Sudan`s laws and regulations, with due consideration of functional immunity and the procedures agreed in the Agreement. “This agreement between us is very important because it governs the work between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the United Nations,” the minister said. “And it organizes the relationship between the various government institutions and UNMISS.” The UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General and Head of UNOS, Hilde F. Johnson, said the mission`s sole responsibility was to support and cooperate with South Sudan, “unlike the previous UN mission, which was mandated to oversee the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement.” Regarding the declaration of the sofa commitments of both parties – South Sudan and UNMISS – Ms Johnson said: “The Government of South Sudan has agreed to implement the Conventions on Privileges and Immunities for All United Nations (Missions) with regard to UN personnel in the country.” UNAMAS was created on 8 July by Security Council Resolution 1996, which provided for a military component of about 7,000 troops, which was to come into force the next day, when South Sudan declared independence. “It`s a convention that applies wherever we are UN missions, and it`s a 1946 convention,” she added. Deng Alor, South Sudan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the signing of SOFA was an important step and called on all government institutions and public opinion to cooperate fully with the new mission to bring about peace and stability. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today signed an agreement with its host government on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA) to advance their legal work in accordance with international treaties. Alor added that his government would cooperate fully with MANSUS to support the people of South Sudan and rebuild the new nation. Under another provision, UNAMAS must ensure that peacekeeping forces operate in accordance with internationally agreed principles and conventions, including the Geneva Conventions.