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President Kiir is willing to deployment of regional forces : JMEC

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July 27, 2016 (JUBA) – Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body tasked to oversee implementation for South Sudan peace agreement, said President Salva Kiir has expressed “willingness to deployment of foreign” in a private meeting contrary to his public statements.

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President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

JMEC said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the South Sudanese leader disclosed his flexibility during a meeting on Tuesday with former Botswan President and JMEC chairman Festus Mogae.

“Among the key points discussed during the productive meeting with President Kiir was his [Kiir] willingness to consider the deployment of a regional protection force in accordance with the recommendations of the IGAD Plus Summit and the Summit of African Union Leaders,” JMEC said in a statement also published on its website on Wednesday.

Mogae, JMEC said, also met the new First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on Monday, hours before being formally nominated as Riek Machar replacement by President Salva Kiir. The President said he acted to fill a vacant created by Machar’s absence following the recommendation of the SPLM IO leaders in Juba.

JMEC said it will resume regular meeting in Juba and ensure that the peace agreement is fully implemented.

“Our only interest is to see a solution that promotes peace and a return to normality as well as security in South Sudan” said Chairman Mogae.

JMEC said the political deployment in recent weeks that include replacing Machar are “complex” and should be treated with caution.

“The Chairman [Mogae] has decided that, due to the complexity of the issues involved, this is a matter that should be considered and deliberated upon by the JMEC members, both the South Sudanese and our International Partners,” the statement added.

Moghae, JMEC said, is consulting regional leaders and international partners and “has thus met with the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the United Nations and other concerned parties to discuss the political impasse at this sensitive and difficult time for South Sudan.” He met with the Chairperson of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Chairperson and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn on Tuesday “to discuss the latest developments and the way forward for South Sudan.”

JMEC said Mogae will continue with the consulting and will address the United Nations Security Council in August about the South Sudanese peace implementation.

President Kiir has said publicly that he won’t allow “a single foreign soldier” in South Sudan following IGAD and African Union (AU) proposal to send regional forces to support UN peacekeepers in the country. He repeated this stance on Tuesday during the swearing-in ceremony for the first deputy president Taban Deng Gai.

“Dr. Riek Machar has been calling for intervention of foreign forces, international or regional, so they create a buffer zone. We will consider that as an invading force,” he said in a speech broadcast ob State-owned SSBC TV.

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  • 28 July 05:17, by Freedom Fighter

    The braved men and women of South Sudan who defeated entire Arab-Islamic world (Al-Jallaba ) just not too long ago, are ready for the puppet African invaders to teach them the lesson they will never forget. Let Africans be reminded that South Sudanese people are different kind of Africans who do not fear Arabs or White man

    Freedom Fighter

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    • 28 July 06:42, by Joseph Canada

      the Arabs were not defeated Dumb dumb.

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      • 28 July 08:50, by Akuma

        Joseph Canada,

        Be inform that South Sudan got its independent was a result of serious battling of Arabs in Southern Sudan by then otherwise without it, there will be no referendum as some of you might think. CPA 2005 doesn’t come just because of nothing but seriously fighting....

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    • 28 July 06:47, by Eastern

      Colonised fighter,

      If it wasn’t for the Americans you now deride, the so-called Arabs led by Omar will still be giving you a bloody nose as is the case with SPLM-N or SPLA will have simply disappeared! You Dinka clones don’t think straight!

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      • 28 July 10:14, by wacjak

        Dear Eastern, so, doesn’t your statement just confirm what the Dinka have been saying that, they suffered solely to liberate this country while u were cleaning white man’s toilets or lingering in the refugee camps? Indeed, they Northerners would still be battling with the Dinka. But through God’s help, peace came. Now, shut the fuck up and allow the Dinka to deal with the government. You are idiot

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    • 28 July 09:37, by Dengda

      I fought in for this country at young age, and I don’t my kids to fight the same or useless war, I liberated them from really enemy. I am Dinka, I man not happy the way Dinka running country, Going to Jonlei by road take 6 hours or 30 minutes by air where sixth high proposed by Dr, John as first priority now under Kiir government. UN trustee is my option, so that I can travel to Bor just 2hrs.

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      • 28 July 09:41, by Dengda

        And return at evening. I don’t entertain bullshit, people are dying of hunger in Aweil and Malong singing war song, where are the services? @ Freedom fighter, freedom is now and is time to fight freedom from hungers, disease and road as I mention in case of Jongeli-Malakal. Beside if there’s intention of regime changes, South Sudan won’t 1 hr by militarily intervention from west if the intended so

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        • 28 July 09:46, by Dengda

          Four helicopters is not military might, can you match drone which would eliminate Kiir, Malong or whoever may target, without the West losing single soldier. Can you imagine drown can destroy Bilpam or artillery in single round! The US as no intention to intervene militarily in SS. What do we have, while being hand feed? Think logically, citing Libya, Irag and other country is just naïve as it sou

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  • 28 July 06:50, by Eastern

    Festus Mogae is another old African leader who likes skirting issues; two days ago he said JMEC can’t speculate on the replacement of Dr Machar when the latter was replaced by El Tabani-led Kiir-sponsored meeting of a few SPLM-IO officials in Juba. Now that JMEC sensed the danger in that move, Mogae decided to call it "complex"!

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  • 28 July 06:52, by Eastern

    Those who don’t see beyond their noses continue yapping that Dr Machar won’t be the president of South Sudan at their watch, Kiir won’t rule South Sudan in peace either!

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  • 28 July 06:54, by Eastern

    Kiir has now shamefully buckled down under international and regional pressure. Dr Lam Akol warn Kiir and cohorts a long time ago against antagonising the global community for there’s presidence set in the world for dealing with obstinate leaders who are opposed to NEW WORLD ORDER! Saddam, Gadafi, etc!

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  • 28 July 14:21, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Dear all,
    I once said; whatever Kiir rejects as red line, he is bound to accept. South Sudan won independence by referendum, not by arms take over. Juba, Malakal,Wau, Bor were under gov control. Steamers used to move freely unescorted between Juba and Kosti. Railway lines to Wau were all functional. It were the Americans who forced Sudan to endorse session after convicting key Arab countries.

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  • 28 July 14:28, by Whortti Bor Manza

    People who initiated the concept of self determination were those of Lam Akol, Riek Machar, Kerubino K and many others not Salva Kiir not late Garang. At one time the Southern separatist were hunted by Garang himself. Kiir is ripping the fruits of others, a typical character of many Dinkas,

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  • 28 July 15:54, by dinkdong

    That guy for sure changed his mind very quick. Museveni at work.

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    • 28 July 17:08, by Hardlinner

      Lack of hesitant is not good at all. Kiir should have instead give particular role that IGAD should undertake. to me they should allow 500 IGAD forces plus Unimis forces to act as Riek guard. Airport is sole property of the government and off limit to IGAD forces/Unimis. Riek guards should also be bare from intering juba again. Their previous role should now be taken by IGAD/Unimis forces.

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  • 28 July 18:28, by Kerem

    The devil you know is better than an angel you do not know. UN trusteeship is a suicide South Sudanese will suffer and only few citizens understand this

    This virgin country will be looted and the next generations will suffer the consequences we are creating now

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    • 28 July 21:48, by Mr Point

      "This virgin country will be looted ..."

      Which country are you living in?

      Is it the bankrupt country where international agencies provide
      * Security for IDPs In UNMISS camps
      * Food through the WFP
      * Medical services through MSF
      * Education by charities

      What does South Sudan have left to be looted?

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      • 29 July 06:39, by dinkdong

        Didn’t he meant to say the virgin country will be rape? :)

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