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S. Sudan VP says Juba supports UN-mandated peacekeeping force


September 24, 2016 (NEW YORK) – South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on Friday said the world’s youngest nation consented to a Security Council resolution calling for the dispatch of the additional troops to Juba.

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South Sudan’s first Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the UN General Assembly (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

“My government’s position is that we have to engage more with the UN on the details pertaining to the implementation of this resolution,” Gai told the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

"This is in order to avoid derailing national healing and reconciliation. External intervention often affects negatively internal reconciliation,” he added.

The official’s remarks, however, appeared to have contradicted his earlier statement in which he appeared to have rejected the deployment of the force approved by the African Union during its extraordinary summit that was held in Kigali, Rwanda in July.

"We already have 13,000 UN troops in South Sudan who are sitting idle, not doing anything because there’s a problem with their mandate, and there’s also a problem with how they were selected," Gai earlier told the Associated Press.

“I don’t think we need peacekeepers in South Sudan,” he stressed in a statement in line with President Salva Kiir’s initial rejection of the peace keepers.

The South Sudanese deputy president, while addressing the General Assembly, also accused his predecessor Riek Machar of allegedly instigating the July violent clashes in between the country’s rival forces in the capital, Juba.

Over 270 soldiers died in the incident, which a recent UN report solely blamed on President Kiir and the South Sudanese army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan.

Gai, however, assured the General Assembly that South Sudan was now “stable, peaceful and that my government is functioning and life is returning back to normal”.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst violence since its cessation from Sudan in 2011. The UN, on several occasions, accused South Sudan’s warring forces of gross human rights violations.


The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Ban charged South Sudan leaders, including President Kiir with having “betrayed their people” by pursuing a violent path to power.

Last month, the Security Council approved the deployment of an additional 4,000-strong peacekeeping force in South Sudan, after renewed clashes in Juba between the country’s rival factions threatened to send the young nation back to all-out civil war.

Stressing that consensus should not be confused with unanimity, Ki Moon told the General Assembly: “The global public is right to ask whether this is how an organization in which we have invested so much hope and aspirations should function.”

The UN chief also called on the President of the General Assembly, to explore, with his successor, the establishment of a high-level panel to find practical solutions that will improve decision-making at the global organization.

He also urged all countries to cooperate with and work with the UN’s human rights arm; to not put obstacles in the path humanitarian workers; and not to ostracize or threaten UN envoys or and staff when they raise difficult issues.

“We must all be open and accountable to the people we serve,” said the UN chief.


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  • 25 September 07:51, by Eastern

    All along since the outbreak of gun battle at J1 in Juba, the world has been hearing from Kiir’s side. Dr Machar has slept on his version of the account for far too long. The say sometimes a lie told many times will be taken as the truth! Dr Machar needs speak out sooner or the world paints him in that same brush for painting the lies from Juba!!!

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  • 25 September 07:55, by Eastern

    Has Dr Machar dispatched somebody assertive and convincing enough to Washington and New York to make his case. Being holed up in Khartoum for all this time without speaking to the world will be one of Dr Machar’s greatest undoing. Let Nachar’s handlers advise him accordingly; time is of the essence!

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  • 25 September 09:04, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Since Equatoria is now bearing the brunt of the violence, two prominent Equatorians, Hon. Henry Odwar and Hon. Lassouba have already been dispatched to New York. This is now time for real diplomacy .

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    • 25 September 11:01, by jubaone

      Equatoria must stop babysitting the South Sudan. We’re better off without jienges or nyagats and we can do it alone. Our hope is to find a political and militarily strong Equatoria. The fighters and politicians are there. They just need organization with clear goals and vision for a viable and vibrant State of Equatoria. That’s it. The jienges can rule themselves for 1000 years if they wish.

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      • 26 September 05:03, by Dinka-Defender-General

        That’s rubbish statements Jubaone. You cannot live without Dinkas. Did you ever fight in real war? I meant frontline. I think you are talker or internet warrior. Do you know how to shut off your worthless mouth for a day? You should consider taking a break from talkin about Dinkas people.

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        • 26 September 08:30, by jubaone

          Jienge Defender General,

          If you are between 20-36 yrs then stop talking shit cos when we struggled you still went after calves in the luak or carried ammmunitions for the older soldiers and NEVER fought. Even then, tell me of single battle in jiengeland that you particpated and what unit, who was your commander, in which zone? YES, Equatoria CAN LIVE without the jienges, I say it again, again...

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  • 26 September 11:55, by Midit Mitot

    Shut-up, your broken English was not understood by the World submit, sorry, your plan-less will kill you in that rotten regime in Juba, if don,t care for yourself.

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