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African Union approves regional force for South Sudan


July 19, 2016 (KIGALI) - African leaders at a summit in Kigali, Rwanda have backed the deployment of regional troops to South Sudan after recent clashes between the country’s main rival factions left hundreds dead and displaced over 40,000 civilians.

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UNMISS troops from India patrol the perimeters of a compound in South Sudan’s capital, Juba (AP)

The African Union’s extraordinary summit resolved that soldiers for the continental force will come from Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Already a 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force is already in South Sudan, but it is understood that approved regional troops would play much bigger roles.

President Salva Kiir made it clear his government would not accept the deployment of additional forces in the world’s youngest nation.

“No. We will not accept even a single soldier," stressed the president.

"There are over 12,000 foreign troops here in South Sudan," he added, in reference to peacekeepers working for the UN mission.

The South Sudanese leader questioned the necessity of sending additional troops.
"What do you need more forces for? What will they come and do? The UNMISS here has so many foreign troops. So we will not accept even a single soldier. We will not accept that," Kiir added.

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers met in Kenya and Monday and resolved that there was need for extra troops to back the UN mission in the young nation. This also followed a request by UN Security Council to peacekeepers contributing nations to prepare their troops for possible deployment in South Sudan in order to avert a possible outbreak of violence in the conflict-hit nation.

Last week, fighting broke out in Juba between forces loyal to President Kiir and the armed opposition faction led by first vice President Machar, resulting into death of hundreds of soldiers and civilians and forced Machar out of Juba after his base was overrun.

A unilateral ceasefire declared by both leaders on Tuesday last week has since held.


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  • 19 July 23:57, by Mr Point

    This is shocking!

    Why would a sovereign country accept 12,00 UN troops and even more troops from regional states?

    As a wartime leader who fought 21 years for independence against political repression, military cruelty, rapes, violence, starvation, unconstitutional and illegal actions, Kiir ....

    has done every thing he fought against!

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  • 20 July 01:40, by lino

    This is what South Sudan leadership wanted for long time!!!

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  • 20 July 02:26, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Northern Arab Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya shall not be allowed to enter South Sudan. Only Rwanda and Uganda shall be allowed south Sudan.
    Ethiopia and North Arab Sudan run Government are main enemy now on. South Sudan need to discipline Kenya for their aggression behaviour against their brother house.
    South Sudan should evocated their people from Kenya, Ethiopia and North Sudan. Cut tied from all.

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    • 20 July 03:39, by lino

      Ya Luelpiny, evacuated people of SS where if they run away from their leaders brutality??!
      It looks SS is going to be a war ground field between Uganda and Sudan on one hand, and SPLA IG and SPLA IO on the other. I advise our people to start taking shelters at all times.

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  • 20 July 04:55, by barbayo

    Ethiopian their dream should not work in South Sudan. Ethiopia army full with Gambella Nuer where some are in SPLA-IO now ,what do you think same IO become peacekeeping and they made failed attempted coup last weeks in Juba and they changes their color as peacekeeping in South Sudan.

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  • 20 July 05:00, by Force 1

    African Union approving their troops to come to South Sudan is not the same thing as South Sudanese leadership approving them to come. Why are you now longing for foreign troops? Who said before that having two separates armies in the same country was a good idea? Why are you guys asking for foreign troops now? What happened to your SPLA-IO forces? Are they on vacation?

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    • 20 July 05:48, by choldit

      U will never be better undr Salva Kiir and JCE tribal leadership, Dinkanising 63 tribes. If Kiir want to kill Splm-io leaders that the world helped luring them in juba in name of peace then let be it the world will ask him. The ICC jail will be a home of many JCE members.

      Welcome AU forces esp Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya forces. Salva is saved from Dr Machar by AU. One shld ask what wld be next

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      • 20 July 06:00, by choldit

        ... if there is no AU? Can u conceive that Dr Machar may attack juba with enough light machine guns eg RPGs and this time with more than 1,000 Nuer Spla-io soldiers who chased like rates Dinka illegal Spla-ig in juba the week b4? Why not AU forces while president Kiir sent Dinka Bar El Gazal with forty cars to bush in search for Dr Machar to kill, just b4 yesterday? While he is forcing Lado

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        • 20 July 06:12, by choldit

          , Taban, Lol and other Splm-io leaders to say what he/Kiir want them to do by threatening them. President Kiir, JCE and the entire Dinka kingdom downfall was seen from 21 Dec 2015 the day Splm-io touched down in juba for this peace. The world will not let this peace fail. But Dinka JCE with thier tribal leader Kiir will amount to zero without a corrupt system. How Cld Kiir say no AU if his ...

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          • 20 July 10:19, by Akuma


            Trust my word, no single foreign soldier will enter into South Sudan though AU approved regional forces. Your joyous will later turn mourning. South Sudan is not like Somalia for your information

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            • 20 July 11:53, by Malakal county Simon


              Who are you to said regional force will not enter South Sudan when the unwanted president himself is powerless to stop them from coming?? Stop deceiving people’s while you’re too far a way in American...... The citizens who have face the suffering day and night killings by Kiir unknown gun men, have welcome them in order for peace to be prevail......

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            • 20 July 13:57, by jubaone


              The AU led forces are welcome. They will bring peace, stability and even train the jienge SPLA how to farm, so they don’t go looting UN warehouses for food. They will also train the jienge SPLA good manners so that they don’t go raping teenage girls just bcos they are ugly and can’t find mature women. So please see that in a positive way.

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            • 20 July 22:59, by lino

              Ya Akum-madiit,

              Is that means South Sudan is turning into another Somalia and Kiirdiit becomes the next Gen. Farah Eidit of South Sudan??!!!
              "Gen. Eidit was once American dog but changed later to be a most wanted on American List"
              Don’t forget SS is an American C-Section born. Sudan was objecting but they were shown the carrots and sticks. you guess what they chose?!

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              • 20 July 23:04, by lino

                Sudan those still playing hide and seek in SS by leaving Dinka and Nuer Politicians killing their own people so they forgot about developments and the good stuff. See how Sudan is playing their game brother?
                Still bad things are on the way for SS if these all Maroon SPLM/Aers are not shown the door by THE PEOPLE!!!

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  • 20 July 06:14, by Eastern

    Let’s see if Kiir is more powerful than IGAD. Kiir shouldn’t not be allowed to humiliate the body as Nkuruziza of Burundi did when he refused deployment of foreign troops. In future, a country joining a regional or international body must abide by a clause where they cede sovereignty when calamity calls at home. Kiir should be swept aside on this matter!

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    • 20 July 15:44, by Hardlinner

      Eastern u know quite well Kiir is stronger than Burundi president. since he said no, i don’t think IGAD countries would have guts to oppose him. unless they have prepared themselves to die in south sudan. the current 12000 UN forces can be divide into those who can guard their UN camps and those who would act as buffer or Riek guards. riek Guards should stay outside Juba till integration.

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  • 20 July 06:59, by doot

    Uncertain AFRICAN UNION... beating its chest to keep peace. I cannot believe this.Kenya chicken fight should start in Rift Valley,where 90% of the population are living in extreme poverty.Ethiopia chicken fight should should start in Axiom region where 90% of Tygrays live in povery.

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    • 20 July 09:28, by Malakal county Simon

      If that’s mean to restore peace in the country as many citizens cry day and night due to their love ones being kills for no apparent reason, than they are welcome with open arms!!!!

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      • 20 July 09:59, by barbayo

        malakal County Simon

        all SPLA-IO rejected those third part force , who need them ,you and Raik Machar """" your dream will end from there . you done have some army Malitiates .

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        • 20 July 12:04, by Malakal county Simon

          Taban Deng Gai was speaking for himself and not for the IO moment, because no one nominate him to speak on behave of the moment at large...... But you can feed yourself with what he said but make what utter, is an individual opinion and has nothing to do with IO leadership view on foreign troops intervention !!!!! Very soon we will disown him if does not distance himself, from that tribal TV!!!!

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  • 20 July 11:51, by hamil

    As a citizen I would strongly reject deployment of foreign troops in my country but what choice do we have now? How many times did Riek and Kiir meet to discuss ways forward to end the conflict and come out successfully with talks? Both leaders are dragging their feet and need to be pushed not once have they agreed on matters to settle this long dispute. I will welcome the deployment of these IGAD

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  • 20 July 11:56, by hamil


    With open arms if it is the only way to return peace to South Sudan. This country has no future at the moment it is officially a failed state and I am shocked that the leaders are not waking up to steer it to a better direction but instead sitting back and enjoying seeing it plummet into chaos. Where I am staying there is a group of Paul Malong’s Mathiang Anyoor and they are endlessly...

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  • 20 July 12:08, by hamil

    Causing havoc to the defenseless residents in my area they are still looting and raping women at evening hours, they are drinking alcohol day and night...now can someone tell me if this is the type of army who are charged with the responsibility of protecting citizens and their property? It is very absurd; if these Mathiang Anyoor are not disarmed and taken back to where they are brought, we are..

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  • 20 July 12:15, by hamil

    Going to have a certain group of terrorists, bandits and reckless criminals in Juba. One of them by the names of Santino is my very good friend we discuss a lot of things daily he openly told me that after the ceasefire Paul Malong instructed their commanders to let them go and loot people’s houses, shops as well as break into any NGO compound and take anything they find this revelation shocked..

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  • 20 July 12:19, by hamil

    Me because what kind of a chief of staff would order his soldiers to rape, loot and carry out other unlawful acts?...South Sudan needs a quick intervention from a foreign army who should unseat both Kiir and Riek and groom another leader to rule South Sudan we have been betrayed many times by these 2 men because one morning you wake up for positive news about peace talks the next day you wake up..

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  • 20 July 12:30, by hamil

    To hear the talks have failed to yield results; a concerned citizen should be left frustrated with series of events like these because Kiir and Riek won’t stop blaming each other it will go on and on leading to war and the immediate person on the receiving end is the poor citizen...I regret to say this but this is the only way forward IGAD and the AU should deploy their forces we are fed up of war

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    • 20 July 15:44, by choldit

      Himal, I enjoy reading ur post but my dear we must be reasonable judgemental. U seem blaming both leaders in ur conclusion but the truth is u shld state why u think Dr Machar shld be blamed too. Let start avoiding generalisation. I agreed with u on IGAD and AU forces. It is not good for our nation to regulat by foreign troops but we have no choice. This tribal Spla-ig under Paul Malong Awan shame

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      • 20 July 15:53, by Hardlinner

        choldit, stop being moron. Riek may be your dad but that doesn’t mean that any one apart from nuer support him. you know quite well dinka hate Riek the same way you hate Kiir. Hamil is right when he proposed that Kiir and Riek should resign. by comparison Kiir is still saint to Riek. his only weakness is lack of vision and letting himself be encircled by corrupt officials.

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