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South Sudan says struck a deal with US over protection force

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August 25, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan has claimed it reached a consensus with the US and the region to be given a time, during which it would expedite the implementation of the peace agreement while discussions about the deployment of a regional protection force in the country continues.

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South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, speaks to reporters in Jonglei state capital Bor on 25 December 2014 (ST)

Information and broadcasting Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, who led the government delegation to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where the US secretary of state had visited recently, announced that the outcome of the recent meeting between a delegation from Juba and the US Secretary of State approved the deployment of the force approved by the UN Security Council after conclusion of discussions.

The government, according to Minister Lueth, who speaks on its behalf, has been given conditions to expedite the implementation process and cease hostilities.

“We would be given time provided that we moved very fast, provided that we silence the guns, provided that we talked to the IDPs so that they move out of the displacement camps so that they go back to their respective homes, and then we continue to negotiate with the region on the idea of the protection force,” said Lueth. He said regional protection force will not be deployed immediately as expected.

“They are not coming soon and we are to negotiate, because there is no way an intervention force or a foreign force can enter any nation without the consent of that country.

But Lueth claimed the forces will not be deployed immediately to the country as expected, US secretary of John Kerry said the deployment of a protection force will guarantee safety of the civilians and enable investors to return to the country.

The US secretary of state confirmed that 4,000 troops from the region would complement efforts of the unity government by providing security to civilians in Juba.

(ST)

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  • 26 August 2016 03:45, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    The Igad c’tries & the international community are now slowly coming back to a peaceful resolution of conflict in RSS. Nobody in this world can forcefully enter somebody’s room without knocking & welcoming & therefore pretends to be for peace mission.

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    • 26 August 2016 12:35, by jubaone

      Shadrack,

      I even dont want the UN force. We want to battle it out alone. What we need is complete isolation of Juba regime, no donor noney, no food airdrops, no investments, travel ban and arrest warrant for Kiir and his surrogates. What we need are arms only so we fight it out. We collectively destroy South so that no any one or jienge can say, we liberated it

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  • 26 August 2016 07:11, by Eastern

    If US chooses to be hoodwinked by the kleptocrats in Juba under the guise of "speeding up" the implementation of the ARCISS, they [the US] will be solely blamed for the bloodbath that will follow the "full implementation of Dinka agenda in South Sudan". Why was Kiir not willing to implement the ARCISS with Dr Machar is the question all and sundries should be asking.

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    • 26 August 2016 14:34, by South South

      Eastern,

      This deal between US and government of South Sudan means Riek is out forever because Reik said he will not go back to Juba until the third party forces are deployed. Now, no regional forces in Juba, then Reik is done.

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  • 26 August 2016 08:15, by Kerem

    The immediate deployment of protection force does not provide any permanent solution to the current crisis. It is us South Sudanese including people whose minds and hearts are invaded with tribalism such as Jur-likang, Eastern, Malakal County Son and so many other evil South Sudanese citizens who need to change our heart towards each other

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