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S. Sudan says awaiting deployment of regional protection forces

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January 12, 2017 (JUBA) – The acting head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Moustapha Soumaré said he met with the South Sudanese Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Martin Lumoro during which the latter said his government’s position remains unchanged on the deployment of regional protection forces.

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S. Sudan cabinet minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

The UN official had requested clarification on various press reports, which cited senior government officials saying government had changed its position on the deployment of the protection force.

Lomoro said government’s position was in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions that government would continue to facilitate the deployment of the regional force.

The Security Council, in its Resolution 2304, decided that UNMISS force levels be increased to a ceiling of 17,000 troops, including 4,000 for a regional protection force. UNMISS also confirmed that in preparation for the arrival of the protection force, it continues to be engaged in discussions with the Transitional Government of National Unity as to the various modalities for the new force, including where they will be deployed in Juba.

Last week, the South Sudanese presidential advisor on security affairs, Tut Gatluak was quoted saying Juba would not accept the deployment of regional protection forces, claiming the country’s security situation had greatly improved.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, the presidential advisor on security affairs, questioned whether it was still necessity to send regional protection forces.

“They were talking about security but now security situation has improved. Juba is safe and everyone is the witness. The Christmas and New Year celebrations went well, now you can move freely because security situation has improved. The national dialogue has been launched and the agreement is being implemented," said Gatluak.

The cantonment sites for SPLA-IO forces have been agreed and directives have been given for them to move into these area. Everything is moving well”, he added.

South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk also dismissed claims that fighting still existed in Juba hence the need to justify deployment of the force.

“We acknowledge that there are problems in South Sudan and it is our duty as government to resolve these challenges," Juuk told a gathering held in Juba.

He accused the U.N of compiling reports from individuals in order to justify calls for the deployment of the regional protection force to back up other voices.

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  • 13 January 08:19, by Dengda

    Why our senior politicians talk like kids and in contradiction themselves every time, for those who predicted that, it matter of hours and days and you hear another yes for deployment of RPF and later no for RPF. Here guys you got it right. Lumoro is now contradicting Tut, what a mess in this country. Well we have face it rough, international community don’t forget program or work for short term

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    • 13 January 08:33, by jubaone

      Dengda,
      Thanks. The international community wants honest, true and trustworthy govts. to deal with. The chaos in Kiir’s kitchen cabinet is no one is responsible. Each one making his own statements and have no consistency. This is typical of rouge states. Tomorrow again they will something else.

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      • 13 January 11:42, by South South

        Jubaone,

        1+1= 1000000 in politic, but in real math, 1+1=2 as we know. The government in Juba knows very well what they are doing. They are in a position of power. They managed to park Riek in South Africa. Anyone who read things very well can see that. Bad for SPLM/IO and those who fight war through internet.

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      • 13 January 12:30, by Fair Man

        Tilo
        Just do not take anything from Juba serious. The so-called TGNU is a bunch of loosely connected network of primitive Ministers that have no standard means of communicating the official of Government. Everybody wakes from hotel and say something to the media. Yesterday was Tut Gatluak, Kuol Manyang, Lomoro have spoken differently now. Tomorrow, Makuei Lueth and Ateny Wek will have to say.

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        • 13 January 14:16, by Tilo

          Fair Man,
          You are right man,
          Anyway their term will end soon, and peace will prevail in the Country

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    • 13 January 14:06, by Midit Mitot

      Wulululu, where is my friend Akuma,

      Look at your chameleon government, did,t I tell you yesterday shame on Juba government, because they are always contradicting. Kuol Manyang and Tut Kew Gatluak were commencing that government will not accept regional forces again since the security situation is normal. Today Lomoro has come-up with different scenario, shame on you indeed.

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    • 13 January 16:06, by Chang Kuony

      The Jaang Council of Evils’government is in line with bogus Sultanate where strong takes the lead. Salva Kiir’s tribal government is in state of limbo,confusion and dilemma.They got gains contradictory statements and parallelism. The two non Dinka tribes Mohd Tutkew Gatluak and Pajulu wew aka Dr Martin Lumoro are just barking dogs. They have been confused by their masters or breadwinners JCE.

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  • 13 January 08:46, by Son of Nuer

    Shame to the government of South Sudan, yesterday the reject the protection forces while today the accepted what they confusion government is this?

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  • 13 January 09:29, by Nationalist

    What is this co-fellows all about, today it is Mr A or Mr B saying point A then tomorrow it is Mr K denying it. Please stop playing the innocent civilians. We are tired of the gun shots & killing by unknown gunmen. We need peace which is a sacrifice by all those carrying guns

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  • 13 January 09:30, by Nationalist

    What is this co-fellows all about, today it is Mr A or Mr B saying point A then tomorrow it is Mr K denying it. Please stop playing the innocent civilians. We are tired of the gun shots & killing by unknown gunmen. We need peace which is a sacrifice by all those carrying guns

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  • 13 January 09:33, by Tilo

    Useless politicians of SS. Juuk and Pre. Advisor are rejecting the RPF while Lomoro is here today saying contradicting statement. You guys are well disorganized & good in contradiction or change of mind every second. This people are not suppose to lead this country. Yesterday president was saying peace has collapse and in the same statement peace is being implemented. All of you are incompetent.

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    • 13 January 15:43, by Redeemer

      The problem is rebels are rebels they cannot understand or differentiate a suggestion of individuals and what the government agreed upon. Are you not hearing the position of the government from Lomoro? You will remain confused til the end

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  • 13 January 16:54, by Fair Man

    Redeemer
    Wooow!!!
    I am happy to hear from you that Tut Gatluak and Kuol Manyang Juk appearing in portofolios as Presidential Advisor on Security and Defense Minister respectively fall quite well within the meaning of individuals right? Only Lomoro can be taken seriously ok? What if Makuei Lueth and Ateny Wek come up minutes later, what will you say? Please organize your house in terms of press.

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