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President Kiir says no decision reached on UNSC resolution

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August 15, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has distanced himself from rhetoric rejecting the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing additional 4,000 foreign soldiers to his country saying anyone speaking against does not act on behalf of his government.

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President Salva Kiir adresses a joint press conference on 9 July 2016 (Reuters Photo)

Speaking at the official opening of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly on Monday, President Kiir said he had reservations on the mandate of the force that will be drawn from regional countries, but required further consultations.

"I am neither against nor for the UNSC resolution on South Sudan. Be patient, after wider consultation with my constituency, I will submit my reservations to the UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolution on the 4,000 regional forces for South Sudan,” Kiir told the assembly.

In an address to guest at a dinner organized by new First Vice President Taban Deng Gai and broadcast on Sunday by state-owned SSBC TV, President Kiir said the UN decision is meant to satisfy the demands of peace monitors and UN mission in the country who want to “continue receive money” for their presence in South Sudan.

He warned of confronting any troops “interfering” in internal affairs.

“For us [South Sudanese], we don’t do anything bad to anybody, but if somebody has interfered into our right, I don’t think we will allow them to go without us touching them,” he said in reference to UNSC resolution number (2304).

Kiir, known for changing stance under international pressure, backtracked in a speech he delivered before parliament.

“This is not a rejection of the UNSC resolution, it is simply a call for dialogue and understanding on the better way forward in resolving the conflict in South Sudan,” he said.

“Please bear with me and remember that anyone speaking against the UN, IGAD, and AU etc. is not speaking on behalf of my government," said the South Sudanese leader.

"There are people who are accusing the transitional government of refusing and fighting the U.N. but this is not accurate," he added as ruling party lawmakers cheered.

He said a final decision was not reached on the UNSC decision to send more troops mandate to fight rival faction forces should they dishonor the permanent ceasefire.

"The transitional government has not met to declare its final position. Deliberations will come later on a final position,” said Kiir.

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  • 16 August 2016 01:36, by Mr Point

    Complete surprise!

    Kiir surrenders yet another of his Red line positions under international pressure. Where is the sovereign state now that south sudan is deeply in debt and diplomatically isolated?

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  • 16 August 2016 01:39, by Mr Point

    Failed leader,failed policy,failed state. Can incompetent Kiir be replaced with a competent leader?

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    • 16 August 2016 03:07, by Akook

      Kiir is the only leader known for NOT taking responsibility! He wants to use his rubber stamp parliament to reject UNSC #2304 on his behalf such that he goes to tell UN, AU & IGAD that look I’m not the one!
      A leader who rejects leadership over crucial issues.
      No going around Kiir bear responsible for the wrath with UN, AU and IGAD plus consequences of serious war going to happen as a result.

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  • 16 August 2016 06:10, by Force 1

    You guys need to read the headline; no decision has been made yet whether or not to accept the protection forces.

    What’s protection forces going to be doing any way when there is no more IO forces coming to attack the government forces anymore?

    If the protection force are allow to come; do you guys think the IO forces are going to storm the palace the way they did last time? >>>>>>

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    • 16 August 2016 06:16, by Force 1

      >>>> If the IO forces storm the palace again the way we know how highly irrational they are in present of protection forces; the International Communities would know who is actually causing unrest in South Sudan and the spotlight of blame wouldn’t be on the government anymore. From there I don’t see the benefits rebels so eager to have in present of protection forces.

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  • 16 August 2016 07:33, by Eastern

    We have read it and it’s clear; Kiir is passing the buck to the NLC. He’s afraid that since it’s pretty obvious the intervention force will set foot in South Sudan, the dark forces of JCE led by Paul Malong shouldn’t target him for assassination as someone who has sold their kingdom (South Sudan) to the UN. Kiir wants the Dinka hardliners to see the decision permitting the entry of the force......

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  • 16 August 2016 07:34, by Eastern

    ....a responsibility of the NLC "chaired" by his poodle Anthony Lino Engine from Equatoria!!!

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    • 16 August 2016 09:19, by Force 1

      Nothing called intervention forces other than protective forces in process to be either approve or not by the government.

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      • 16 August 2016 13:33, by Eastern

        Wow! To protect who from who? Whether it is protection force or intervention force, Kiir has sensed the heat from without the country directed on him. Dinka zealots who were mobilised in the streets of Juba and Bor will have to lick their wounds. The international community must not fall in Kiir’s trap of buying time at the expense lives and the country!

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