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South Sudan accepts UN-authorized protection troops

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U.S. Ambassador Samanta Power speaks to the press following a closed door meeting with President Kiir, announcing an agreement on the deployement of protection force on 4 September 2016 (UNMISS Photo)
September 4, 2016 (JUBA) –South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has eventually accepted the deployment of 4,000 soldiers authorized by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to boost implementation of what appears to be a shaky peace accord.

The decision was reached on Sunday during a meeting with the visiting UNSC team led by U.S permanent representative to the UN, Samantha Power.

South Sudan’s cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elias Lomoro read out the joint communique agreed by the Juba government and the UNSC in the capital, Juba.

“To improve the security situation, the Transitional Government of National Unity gave it consent to the deployment, as part of the UNMISS, of the regional protection force recently authorized by the United Nations Security Resolution 2304,” said Lomoro.

“Further, the United Nations Security Council agreed that the troops contributing countries, UNMISS and the Transitional Government of National Unity will continue to work through the modalities of deployment; building upon the consultations of August 25 and September 1 respectively and anticipating any further discussion that will follow,” he added.

The United Nations Security Council and the Transitional Government of National Unity agreed to work in a fresh spirit of cooperation to advance the interest of South Sudanese people, particularly the aspiration for justice, liberty and prosperity, stressed the communiqué.

The UNSC and government also agreed that “security and humanitarian needs were paramount.”

According to the communique, the government also “confirmed it commitment to the implementation of the peace agreement” and the reformed agenda therein “now that the Transitional National Legislative Assembly is in place.”

According the communique, the UNMISS will accorded unimpeded access and freedom of movement in the country.

“To this end, the Transitional Government of National Unity commits to devising a plan with UNMISS by the end of September 2016 on concert steps to remove impediments to UNMISS’s ability to implement its mandate,” Lomoro said.

Any bureaucratic processes that delay UNMISS access to different parts of the country to respond to protection of civilians such as requirement of written permission from the government will be removed.

Asked if the extra UN force, mandated to use “any means” force to ensure implementation of the peace agreement might be bias as earlier claimed by the government, US envoy Power said there is no question of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) impartiality.

“We on the UN Security Council have the utmost confidence in UNMISS’s impartiality, its independence,” said Power.

The government had, in the past, accused the UN forces of sympathising with the opposition.

Power said President Kiir assured the UNSC that his government will extend all support to the work of UNMISS.

President Kiir stood silently as his cabinet affairs minister read out the communique. Asked by a reporter if he support the communique, he responded that “the communique is very clear.”

The armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) of former first vice president Riek Machar is demanding the deployment of troops before Machar, who fled Juba in Juba, could return. He has since been replaced by the opposition chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai.

The communique did not mention if Machar could return to Juba to take up his position or when the protection forces would be deployed.

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  • 5 September 00:07, by Mr Point

    Be a good boy, Kiir, and do exactly what Samantha tells you to do. If she says put your hands on your head, put your hands on your head.

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  • 5 September 00:25, by Akol Liai Mager

    My congratulations go to our President, his team and the people of South for opting cooperation, collaboration and partnership over confrontation. This is a responsible response from our government that deserves supports and acknowledgment from the nations’ folks than scolding the government. This acceptance has preempt UNSC Plan B which know knows its consequences on ordinary citizens.

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    • 5 September 04:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Akol,

      So you now talk like that. Sense has been brought to you people. You should complete all stages of evolution in order for you to act like humans.

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    • 5 September 04:53, by Force 1

      Now the protection forces are accepted; how is the rebels or the IO going to attack presidential Palace again? The rebels are now going to stay in hiding because there is no way they are going to attack the J1 in present of UNSC for the second time. You see; the pinheads rebels lock themselves out unknowingly. The government couldn’t be more happy.

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      • 5 September 12:36, by Eastern

        Force 1,

        You will have cardiac arrest soon; 4,000 rapid protection force is going to be deployed in Juba and most of the provisions of the ARCISS "implemented" by Kiir and preferred faction of the SPLM-IO will be undone. Wasted efforts one lives. The world has evolved and moved on. No room for monkey tricks. This is the New World Order I have been talking about for a while now!

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        • 5 September 16:46, by Mr Point

          The "irresponsible government" of the "sovereign state" will fail to meet the agreement with the UNSC the same way incompetent President Kiir decided to break the ARCISS peace agreement he said was forced on him.

          Kiir must choose between 4,000 UN soldiers and Plan B.

          Kiir will choose Plan B.

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      • 5 September 12:48, by jubaone

        Force 1,

        Now you twist the truth around like some jellaba. Who attacked who at J1? The heat is on Kiir and his jienge regime. He is defeated and soon Dr. Riak will assume his position. This time around no silly games otherwise he will indicted to the ICC

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      • 5 September 13:07, by Mr Point

        The President of the "sovereign state" has surrendered one more red line under international pressure.

        Do you remember when President Salva Kiir made the promise not to allow even a single foreign soldier into Juba? It was only two weeks ago.

        The Presidents of Kenya and Uganda see Kiir as incompetent and ineffective.

        What is the name of the FVP recognised by IGAD?

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  • 5 September 01:55, by Black Africa

    Sultan Salva Kiir Al-homar made a very big mistake by accepting UN protection forces in RSS that is a regime change.

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  • 5 September 02:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    She is called Power and she has the power. Her country is blessed with that power. A power that protects the poor, downtrodden people by lunatics and the killers of innocents. The government should not be allowed to buy time. The power of people should eventually get rid of these murderers, thieves and corrupt kings.

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  • 5 September 03:10, by Black Africa

    The biggest mistake Sultan Kiir Al-homar did in the country is by creating tribalism, giving 90% of the government position to his own tribe and he is running his dirty mouth that he was elected by the people of South Sudan. Nobody in the RSS want this gorilla to represent the people of South Sudan except his Dinkas.

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  • 5 September 03:15, by Black Africa

    Your time is limit,you and your Dinkas have to go back to Khartoum that is Dinkas land. We don’t want to see Dinkas special in equatoria land anymore.

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  • 5 September 07:24, by Nyesi Ta

    Kiir Al Awiir, where is the sovereignty you and your puppet, Martin Lomoro had been running mouths about. Some lunatics on this net always portray you as a fighter, now where is your staminal spirit of being a fighter. Your cowardice has been exposed. We the people are your enemies now for you have betrayed our trust, dignity and the sovereignty of the dinkacracy. We condemn you to death traitor.

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  • 5 September 07:36, by Augustino

    execellent, abrave decision, UNSC is for all not for Nuer or Rebels alone, Kiir and his government remain in power, so Power put us in power indirectly and in expenses of Riek and His FDs who are first corrupts, now they are in panic bse tomorrow the law will hunt for them to bring back money. They will have no chances for freedom of campaign as they will depend on UNSC protection which will not.

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  • 5 September 09:54, by Eastern

    Kiir said "the communique was very clear". Kiir doesn’t want to appear having a hand in giving the UNSC the green light to send in 4,000 boots in Juba; he’s wary of the powerful forces of the unknown gunmen who are bitterly opposed to this move. The JCE have already declared their opposition to the deployment of the RPF to Juba!

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  • 5 September 13:01, by Kerem

    Those cowards who are seeing this as failure on the side of the government and a victory on their are wrong. Did you see Libya in peace since the France/British/America killed Gadafi? Is Joseph Kabila removed from power now. Some of you do not understand the meaning of UN

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    • 5 September 14:01, by Mr Point

      Explain the functions, funding and objectives of the United Nations that South Sudan joined freely.

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