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S. Sudan’s Amum says UN Security Council should get ready for Plan B

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September 7, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese former minister for peace and ex-Secretary General of the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to prepare for Plan B as President Salva Kiir’s government appears to renege on this week’s agreement on deployment of regional troops to the country.

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Former SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum (AFP/Getty)

UN Security Council’s members visited the South Sudanese capital, Juba, from Thursday last week and agreed with the government on the deployment of 4,000 strong peacekeepers from the region. The troops would provide protection to civilians, humanitarian aid workers as well as vital installations of the government.

Upon departure of the UN officials, the government came out with a contradicting statement, saying it only “consented” to but not “accepted” the 4,000 number.

The government also said it was yet to agree on the number of the troops to be deployed, the type of weapons they will carry and to also decide from which countries the troops will be contributed.

Former SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, who is currently residing in the United States, however said to consent and to accept meant the same thing, adding that the “regime” was instead “embarrassing” itself by playing with the words.

“The Regime’s spokesperson [Michael Makuei Lueth] engaged in obscure semantics, claiming the government “consented” to the deployment of the Regional Protection Force, but did not “accept” its deployment. In a classic rope-a-dope the government embarrassed itself by stating the long accepted number of troops, 4,000, was only a “ceiling” and that the number could be as low as 10,” Amum said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“The Kiir spokesperson also said his government had to approve the type of arms the troops were carrying, the countries they would come from and a range of other issues already long settled. To the Kiir Conspiracy, the hard and fast September 15 deadline for agreement set by the Secretary General of the United Nations, will be nothing but a routine bell ringing, signaling the end of an early round in a lengthy and indecisive match,” the statement, extended to Sudan Tribune, further reads.

Meanwhile, Kiir and his “palace guards” continue to systematically loot South Sudan, he argued, the same people are causing the armed conflict in the country to continue and then sending “ill prepared and poorly led troops out to kill or be killed for no defendable cause.”

He said the UN Security Council should not waste time to play the games with the government, but to prepare for Plan B.

“The Security Council’s Plan A appeared seriously threatened even before the delegation’s plane had cleared South Sudanese air space. They cannot be blamed for trying. However, trying too long plays into the hands of Kiir’s rope-a-dope strategy,” Amum said.

“September 15 must be the deadline for the Government of South Sudan’s unconditional acceptance of the 4,000 troops. Otherwise, for the sake of the people of South Sudan, IGAD-Plus, AU and the UNSC will have to prepare quickly for Plan B,” he said.

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  • 7 September 22:53, by Eastern

    As I pointed out somewhere, Samantha Powers and company wasted resources & time to visit South Sudan to come and witness firsthand and seek for a "consent" from the tribal kleptocrats to deploy a protection force! How are bloodsuckers going to accept such a force, when they are the ones preying on innocent South Sudanese? The joint Kiir-UNSC joint communique has been flushed down the loos at J1!!

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    • 8 September 05:33, by Force 1

      Eastern;

      It sound like your dream of government being removed by force by the UN is fading away. But if you guys had the brains in the first place; you would have known better that; that wasn’t going to happen in any way shape or form; but since you were all pinheads; you thought that was going to be possible!

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  • 7 September 23:08, by Mr Point

    Samantha Power was fooled by the first moves in the Kiir playbook, which is to deny the obvious reality.

    next he pretends to make an agreement,

    thirdly he finds technical problems with the deal he just agreed.

    Finally he break his agreement and dishonour the country.

    He did this with ARCISS and the SPLM convention in 2013.

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  • 8 September 03:33, by allan

    Mr amum it’s will be nice if u bring those money u steal back first then we can talk after that but now u are still idiot no two like ur friend riek Machar and u stupid fuck called eastern please focusing on ur own north sudan affairs not south

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    • 8 September 05:17, by lino

      Allan, all these SS politicians are thieves even the president. Remember, these days thief is done through families, relatives, and friends.

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    • 8 September 05:27, by Force 1

      What’s Amum really saying about plan B? What’s his plan B? Is it for the UN to remove Kiir by force and installed him as president? If that’s his dream; well then he is going to daydream until the end of his lifetime! Pagan Amum need to worry about the 50 million dollars he stole from the country treasury let alone wanting someone else to be removed!

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    • 8 September 14:53, by Mapuor

      We need peace yaa Pagan Amum not foreign intervention.Taban Deng Gai will surely bring peace to South Sudan. Lets value local solutions dear South Sudanese. Some foreigners always have hidden things and they always come with cultures that are detrimental to our traditional cultures.

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  • 8 September 07:02, by dinkdong

    What exactly is Pagan expecting from UN’s plan B while he is enjoying the millions of dollars he too looted from South Sudan.

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