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UN Security Council votes for third party foreign force to South Sudan


August 12, 2016 (NEW YORK) – United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has voted in favour of deployment of a third party foreign force to the South Sudanese capital, Juba, to provide protection to civilians at risk and key installations in the world’s youngest nation.

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Special representative for the UN secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura (shown on screen), briefs the Security Council at its meeting on South Sudan on 22 October 2014 (Photo: UN)

The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country, including the protection of SPLM-In -Opposition leader and former First Vice -President Riek Machar and other opposition groups.

The Friday resolution in New York increases the force levels of the current United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) from its current 12,000 up to a ceiling of 17,000 troops, including 4,000 troops for a ‘Regional Protection Force’ which would be deployed largely in Juba.

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, welcomed the vote saying "Beefing up the protection of civilians in high risk areas is a crucial upgrade to the international community’s response to the South Sudanese crisis’’.

However he called to increase the international pressures to ensure the unhindered deployment of that force, the humanitarian access and the implementation of the peace agreement.

"The best way to enhance international leverage is to impose targeted sanctions on spoilers and move forward with an arms embargo. Threats no longer seem to faze those prosecuting the war," he further emphasized.

The resolution reflects the decisions in the 5 August communiqué adopted by “IGAD Plus”—the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), plus several other regional actors.

In its communiqué IGAD Plus earlier called on the UN Security Council to “urgently extend the mission of UNMISS with a revised mandate including the deployment of the Regional Protection Force with distinct responsibilities under the direct command of a commander who will report to the overall UNMISS Force Commander, to be based in Juba”.

The IGAD document, released in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, also noted the position of the government of South Sudan accepting, “in principle,” the deployment of the force.

The UNSC resolution demands an immediate end to the ongoing fighting around the capital, Juba, and beyond, and that the government of South Sudan complies with its obligations vis-à-vis UNMISS as set out in the status of forces agreement.

There have been reports about incidents involving severe restrictions on the mission’s freedom of movement, including of flights and transportation of vital supplies, as well as acts of hostility such as intimidation, injury and detention of UNMISS staff members, among others.

The regional force is expected to include contributing troops from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda as Sudan and Uganda have pulled out from contributing troops for the mission.

During the negotiations at the United Nations, members also raised questions about other elements of the draft resolution. Several were concerned about the sovereignty of South Sudan and wanted to be reassured that the government supported the plan, including Russia which indicated that it was prepared to accept whatever measures were acceptable to Juba.

While the IGAD Plus communiqué suggested that the government had given its consent, there were conflicting reports coming out of Juba. Nevertheless, some of these members may have been persuaded of the need to strengthen UNMISS. This is to support the draft resolution following the statement from the AU Peace and Security Council issued on 11 August, echoing the IGAD Plus communiqué, and calling for the Council to “extend the Mission of UNMISS with a revised mandate” including the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.

The opposition faction led by former First Vice President, Riek Machar, and SPLM former Secretary General Pagan Amum welcomed the deployment of the third party force to ensure security and protection in the capital.


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  • 13 August 04:49, by lino

    Third party Forces approved. It is not 500 as claimed by Juba last week!!!

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  • 13 August 04:57, by Akook

    Now if the murderous criminals in Juba reject these IGAD-plus, AUPSC and UNSC’s resolutions for speedy deployment of third party force! The chance will fall to us South Sudanese to mobilise ourselves en mass and launch a fierce resistant including serious battles in the streets of Juba this time around.
    With strong support from region and west, Juba thugs will be remove by force period

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    • 13 August 10:22, by Freedom Fighter

      Do you really understand the text. It’s vague with out any benefit to our enemies and traitors. The resolution does not allow any type of forceful deployment to Juba, but its actually required Salva Kiir blessing, which is beyond imagination. The consequences for Juba disapproval of deployment is only an arm embargo which may not actually occur. congratulation to Egypt for their support

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  • 13 August 07:00, by Force 1

    What do you guys think that the third party foreign forces going to do? Kicked the government out? Well; that’s only your wishful thinking; there is nothing of that sort as the government is going to be kicked out.

    The purpose of those forces are to protect civilians from rebels attack since the rebels are the ones well known for killing civilians. Your dreams are just going to be broken!

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    • 13 August 08:18, by Malakal county Simon

      I thought the crumble regime rejected this idea two days ago haha????
      Anyway, welcome regional force to save lives and protect peace since unwanted president failed to unite our tribes and live in harmony with one another!!!!

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    • 13 August 08:20, by Eastern

      Force 1,

      Kiir has been kicked has been kicked in the teeth; not a single foreign soldier, but 4,000 foreign soldiers will be deployed in a country Kiir and his Dinka crooks want to run like their villages. The mathinag anyoor better start behaving.

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    • 13 August 08:34, by Akook

      Force 1,

      Regional forces along UNMISS under revised mandate will neutralise Kiir and Malong’s madness in Juba and people will return to implementation of ARCISS in which HAC tribunal will take care of Malong Awan Anei over killing of thousands of Nuer civilians in Juba and Makuei Lueth over inciting killing against UN and NGO’s 57 employees in the country.

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      • 13 August 08:40, by Akook

        Salva Kiir will be left behind but hardliners are directly under threats in a security stabilised Juba. ARCISS clearly spelt their dooms through African courts as Malong and Makuei Lueth will be prime examples.

        It will now be up to Kiir and Kuol Manyang to stop Malong and Makuei from instigating other clashes with SPLM-IO in Juba. Kiir himself under fighting regional forces risk being apprehend

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  • 13 August 17:33, by Eastern

    A Dinka man has run barrack that "the" are contemplating reuniting South Sudan with the Sudan because the US is "humiliating" South Sudan. Gosh! These are type of people who are trying hard but failed to lead the country: https://paanluelwel.com/2016/08/13/we-will-reunite-with-the-sudan-if-the-us-un-keep-on-humiliating-us/

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  • 13 August 17:37, by Eastern

    According to this man’s "vision", reuniting with Sudan is a better option because according to him, when South Sudan and the Sudan are united, "we" shall stand otherwise current situation of the two separate Sudan "we" shall fall. I think being too close to cattle for long may lead some mental problems of individuals.....

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  • 13 August 23:18, by marie

    Thanks Eastern, the article by Manyang advocating Salva Kiir to reunite South Sudan with Sudan is a last desperate kick by a dying horse. He is free to move back to Sudan where he is originally from. Khartoum is actually in his mother tongue. Citing the story of Israel, the writer forgot to mention that the obstinate generation perished in the desert and did not reach Canaan. US is innocent.

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  • 13 August 23:23, by marie

    continued. The chaos in South Sudan is the making of Salva Kiir and his cronies. It is not only Dinka but collaborators from the other tribes who are being used by Dinka to execute their agenda of hegemony, with the like of Wani Igga, Martin Elia, John Andruga, Anna Itto, Makana, Taban Gai and many others. Unless the status quo is changed, no peace in that country as the national army has now has

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  • 13 August 23:23, by marie

    continued. The chaos in South Sudan is the making of Salva Kiir and his cronies. It is not only Dinka but collaborators from the other tribes who are being used by Dinka to execute their agenda of hegemony, with the like of Wani Igga, Martin Elia, John Andruga, Anna Itto, Makana, Taban Gai and many others. Unless the status quo is changed, no peace in that country as the national army has now has

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  • 13 August 23:27, by marie

    been unleashed to kill civilians in areas of Kuku, Madi, Pojulu, Moru, Fertid, Shilluk, Nuer, Zande. The army goes on the rampage of destroying civilians houses and removing the iron sheet, doors windows and other properties and take them to their areas, such as Awiel, Gogrial and many of the places they come from. The last we did witness such thing was when Bor was re-occupied by the Sudanese

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  • 13 August 23:31, by marie

    army in the eighties because for them everybody is their enemy we did not believe the same atrocities would be committed by the SPLA that people had faith in, my bet, SPLA has been hijacked and replaced by Mathiang Nyoor that has specific mandate to chase the rest outside South Sudan because they came from Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Central Africa Republic. South Sudan is solely Dinka’s.

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