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S. Sudanese minister contests additional deployment of UN peacekeeping troops

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November 25, 2015 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese minister has contested a planned deployment of more United Nations peace keeping forces to the world’s youngest county, saying the government was yet to receive a comprehensive report and briefing about the necessity to deploy more troops when the government has already signed a peace deal with the armed opposition faction under the leadership of former vice- president, Riek Machar.

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An honour guard of Rwandan peacekeepers welcomes the Secretary-General at the UNMISS Tomping Base, Juba May 6, 2014 (Photo UN)

“We have already signed a peace agreement with the rebels, yet we have continued to hear people talk about deployment of more troops. We don’t understand the logic of these deployments,” Martin Elia Lomoro, cabinet affairs minister, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

“We don’t understand why the UN should deploy more troops when there are already enough forces in the country,” he protested.

Lomuro was reacting to reports that the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, had requested the UN Security Council to deploy an additional force of more than 1,000 personnel to help protect civilians in the country.

Ban had asked the council to approve the deployment of 500 additional military troops and 600 police officers in the country despite the signing of the peace agreement. The forces will be deployed along with attack helicopters and transport planes for movement of peacekeepers.

Minister Lomuro said the government was still expecting a briefing from the United Nations office in the country about the purpose of the deployment of more forces before deployment can take place.

“We are yet to be briefed. They just sit there in New York and decide as the Security Council forgetting they are talking about issues connected to sovereign state,” he said.

But the armed opposition faction said they welcomed the deployment of more UN peace keepers as a third force in the country to help in keeping peace.

“There is still need for the deployment of the UN peace keeping forces in South Sudan, and even to increase their size. They have important role to play in keeping peace and assisting the country towards stability,” Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

“We appreciate the role being played by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan for providing shelter and protection to hundreds of thousands of the internally displaced persons in the country,” he said.

Dak also contested the claim by the government that it was a sovereign state which didn’t need the UN peace keepers to protect its citizens, saying people didn’t trust the government which turned against them and massacred them and instead relied on the UN protection in their own country.

South Sudan is already hosting more than 12,000 UN forces, including police, troops and military liaison officers.

Ban also asked the council to consider approving a request for a face lifting medical facility in Juba to provide essential emergency services. Another request was made for a field hospital in the Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, where nearly 100,000 people have taken refuge at the United Nations protected camp in the area.

About 180,000 people predominantly members of the Nuer ethnic group are seeking shelters in UN bases across the country after fleeing their homes when they were targeted as the violent conflict broke out in December 2013 after an internal debate over democratic reforms within the leadership of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) turned violent.

United Nations forces may continue to deploy in the country until elections are held by 2018 after the 30 months of transitional period per the peace agreement signed in August between president Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Machar.

UN peace keepers are deployed under chapter 7 to protect the civilians under threat including use of force against perpetrators.

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  • 26 November 2015 04:06, by Augustino

    UN is at war with South Sudan government since their backed coup attempt of Nuer leaders failed, they still have more other planning to change the regime in cool plan and replaced with Nuers who never be leaders in present of Dinka Heros at all unless the power is given to them by Dinka in this country. UN can still failed in all hiden attempt for regime change unless they involve Dinka in the pla

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    • 26 November 2015 06:43, by Son of Ngundeng

      Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

      Augustine.
      You think this regime is clean?
      We know what your plan against Nuer but we already discovered your trick. Dinka kingdom will break in to part, your Sultan Kiir and Dinka thieves of elders are the one mess up this country, which resulted in to deployment of more UN troops.

      Son of prophet
      new location front line.

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  • 26 November 2015 05:42, by Kenyang

    Hypocrites dont talk about UN or any boots to Syria, Lol

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  • 26 November 2015 06:26, by Akuma

    UN should know that South Sudan is not their thrash otherwise they are the one creating this mess in the country (Hilder Johnson) knows. Gov’t should stop additional deployment until approved by government lawmakers.

    Why do they have interest in deploying UN troops in South Sudan when many people are dying in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries or UN is only made for South Sudan only.

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  • 26 November 2015 06:40, by Eastern

    Move South Sudan quickly towards UN Trusteeship, bring in more Blue Berets! These blood suckers are talking about peace they signed on paper which they don’t honour. They have asked Museveni to redeploy his UPDF just few days after he moved out of the country! Lomoro and Co can’t be trusted with leadership of the country!

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    • 26 November 2015 06:50, by Son of Ngundeng

      Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

      Earthen
      Lomoro will be given a new name (Deng) If we came to Juba he will go back to London where his foot brought him, he is the one mess up the country more than Dinka thieves of elders, while he has no backup he is lonely man who was abandoned by his tribe and became a concubine to Kiir Mayardit to get his daily meal, Shame Yaa Nyam Nyam.

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  • 26 November 2015 07:26, by hamil

    What else does Lomuro know apart from drinking excessively and harping nonsense? When you enter his office first thing that greets you is the horrible scent of alcohol. This drunkard usually speaks under the influence of liquor

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