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January 22, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations under-secretary general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous will on Monday brief the Security Council members on South Sudan.

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, speaks to journalists following Security Council consultations on the situation in Darfur, 4 October 2016 (UN Photo)

The security, humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan remains dire, amidst a faltering political process and ongoing concerns that inter-communal violence could spiral out of control.

Ladsous’ briefing is expected to focus on the confidential 30-day report to the 15-member Council on planning for the deployment of the Regional Protection Forces (RPF) and obstructions to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

South Sudanese officials were recently quoted expressing reservations about the deployments of the protection forces.

On 13 January, information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said that while the government did not object to the force, the Council would need to adopt a new resolution with respect to the Force, as its initial mandate under resolution 2304 had expired on 15 December 2016.

The mandate of the regional protection forces was re-authorised by the Council through resolution 2327 adopted on 16 December 2016.

Another issues of concern, it has emerged, regards the issue of visas and the Council members are interested in knowing where South Sudan government would issue out visas for members of the RPF.

Meanwhile, the Council members are also scheduled to hold an informal interactive dialogue with Festus Mogae, the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) tasked with overseeing the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement.

The Security Council is reportedly interest in hearing from Mogae and Ladsous about their impressions of the national dialogue process that South Sudan President, Salva Kiir announced on 19 December 2016.

During the meeting, however, key issues that could be raised with regard to the national dialogue include how to ensure that it is conducted in an inclusive manner without fear and intimidation, and whether or not conditions are suitable for the dialogue to occur in South Sudan or whether another venue may be more suitable.

Also likely to feature during these consultative meeting could be how the UN plans to work with the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on the mediation process.

"A key question that may be raised is whether to include opposition leader Riek Machar in the political process, and if so, how this could be done," partly reads an insight, which Sudan Tribune has obtained, on activities of the 15-member Council.

Machar, currently in South Africa, may have fled Juba in July 2016, after his forces clashed with government troops, but continues to maintain a considerable following in South Sudan, with many of his supporters fighting against government forces.

There have been concerns for several months now about the potential for mass atrocities to be committed in the young nation.

Fighting has been reported in several parts of the country, much of it along ethnic lines, with the UN earlier warning of possible genocide.

“Members will be interested in an assessment from Mogae and Ladsous on the security and human right situation in South Sudan. Of interest to some members might be the activities of the UN working group designed to develop strategies to prevent mass atrocities in South Sudan, jointly chaired by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,” the insig

It further states, “Consistent with the mandate of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Mogae may be able to give an overview of the location and nature of ceasefire violations in recent months, as well as to discuss efforts to canton opposition troops”.

While speaking during his monthly luncheon on 9 January, the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres raised key issues with South Sudanese officials, including the importance of revitalising the political process, the need to deploy the RPF, which the Council first authorised in August 2016 to, among other things, protect UN staff, humanitarian actors and civilians in Juba, as well as the importance of raising awareness of the risk of atrocities in South Sudan.

This will be the first time Council members will meet on South Sudan since they failed to adopt the 23 December 2016 draft resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and targeted sanctions on three government and opposition leaders.

Despite UN warnings of possible genocide in Africa’s newest nation, the Security Council voted on 23 December, 2016, to reject a U.S.-sponsored resolution calling for an arms embargo and targeted sanctions, with Russia and its allies accusing Washington of ignoring President Kiir’s calls recent advocacy for a national dialogue.

The draft resolution thus received only seven affirmative votes and nine abstentions.

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  • 23 January 06:25, by Eastern

    Kiir’s leadership is an embarrassment to Africa....

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    • 23 January 06:45, by Akuma

      Eastern,

      South Sudan President Kiir is legitimate leader of Republic of South Sudan and no one will remove him unless South Sudanese decide themselves. Those regime change agents should know that Juba is more secure compare to Washington, London, or other cities across who are dancing in the tone of regime change in the name of fighting in Juba. Nothing like that but just concocted stories

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      • 23 January 07:07, by Eastern

        Akuma,

        I love your ignorance. I love it even more that Kiir’s tribal regime is full of sycophants and ignorant folks like you! Did you just compare Juba with London, Washington, etc? Juba is not even comparable to third world cities like Kinshasha, Kampala, etc in terms of security. Kiir will be removed; like it or not!!!

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      • 23 January 10:06, by EYE SEE

        now Dr.Machar in S.A
        Kiir’s raping, killing, & murdering civilians in S.S
        Vultures’ regime of Kiir has rotten

        Viva Dr. Machar! you must be listened?

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      • 23 January 18:40, by Naath

        Akuma,

        After murdering innocent civilians in thousands in Juba, Kiir is not a legitimate president anymore. Kiir has brought total shame not only to South Sudanese but to Africans and the people who helped us separate from Sudan.

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    • 23 January 10:54, by Nationalist

      As a nationalist i lost hope in both Mr. Kirr and Dr Riak over 7 years ago. These two fellows are the greatest burden for the progress of South Sudan and its citizens. United Nations, Inter-government authority on Corruption (IGAC) plus the USA another wholesome disease & pest sacking South Sudanese like HIV-AIDS

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  • 23 January 07:03, by Eastern

    El Tabani, the man who pledged allegiance to Kiir in "implementing" the ARCISS claimed that Dr Riek Machar is parked in South Africa, now why should the hardship in South Sudan escalate if Dr Machar is the main problem? IGAD is simply a club fir self seekers!

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  • 23 January 07:04, by Eastern

    El Tabani, the man who pledged allegiance to Kiir in "implementing" the ARCISS claimed that Dr Riek Machar is parked in South Africa, now why should the hardship in South Sudan escalate if Dr Machar is the main problem? IGAD is simply a club for self seekers!

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    • 23 January 07:33, by Akook

      Wondering about the International Community’s gross ignorance on South Sudan crisis!
      The question of whether to include Dr Machar in the new dialogue? Well, if not him (Dr Reik Machar) then, who?

      The problem in South Sudan is one and only one. The men with guns in their hands and the two men (Kiir & Reik) who command them period!
      If you say you want to provide solution, how can u do without them?

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      • 23 January 07:37, by Akook

        Either you involve the 2 men (Kiir and Reik) and come up with solutions OR you go ahead and find a way to discard them altogether.
        Any biased approach against one of them and leave the other one in power will only encourage opposing faction to continue wreck havoc with their guns.

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        • 23 January 08:18, by Eastern

          Akook,

          I couldn’t agree more with your suggestions/observations....

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      • 23 January 15:26, by Tilo

        We said that this ND can not be successful if Riak is not included and if the Venue is Juba.
        This is exactly what UNSC is saying.

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    • 23 January 07:50, by South South

      Eastern,

      There is hardship in South Sudan because there are pockets of resistant in our country.There are people who want South Sudan to be destroyed because their tribes are not happy with other tribes, that is what is putting South Sudan down. You want international community to take over South Sudan, that’s called high treason.

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      • 23 January 08:22, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Did you just call yourself South Sudan? Jess! Why are there pockets of resistance even after Dr Machar is "parked" in faraway South Africa? Why are tribes not happy with one another? Please provide the answers to these questions and South Sudan shall be in peace or the other viable option is international trusteeship, treason notwithstanding!

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        • 23 January 09:04, by South South

          Eastern,

          1- people who are making noises and still fighting are power angry. They need to be ministers, that is all. We have seen people rebel, than come back when the secure high seats in the government.
          2- Some tribes hate other tribes because very innocent people were killed because they belong to the tribes they hate. If some tribes do not like government, why don’t they go after the leadersh

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          • 23 January 15:22, by Tilo

            South South,
            How can an armed person go after reckless government that kills Journalist for doing their job. Just listen to your self man. This government can never change through democracy buddy. Government of SS doesn’t give room for opposition. Eg is Lam akol Ajawin. He left Juba because no room for Politics. Grow up man

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            • 23 January 16:24, by South South

              Tito,

              Lam Akol is a big traitor who can be trusted by anyone including Riek Machar. You need to follow him very slowly and get his records. He started against Dr. John Garang then joined Riek Machar. Riek kicked him out in less than 3 months, then he joined Khartoum, then he joined John Garang, then he broke away from Kiir, then he formed his own party called DC, now broke away from them.

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              • 23 January 16:27, by South South

                Cont.
                He broke away from his own party he found called Dc, then formed new rebellion, now he started fighting with other rebels. What a man! Now who need to grow up as a man?

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                • 23 January 16:33, by South South

                  Tito,

                  Dr. John Garang, Riek Machar, Khartoum, Kiir, DC and other rebels have big problem with Lam Akol. This man can not work with anyone, grow up man and see that.

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                  • 23 January 16:51, by Tilo

                    South South,

                    The point am making is that, no room for unarmed politics in SS. That is why Lam formed new rebel movement, not only that Bakosoro has formed another rebellion against the same government. Many high rank government official has defected to IO and so forth, This current government is the biggest disease in SS. Furthermore SS has lost many Journalist in cold blood (Unknown gun men

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                    • 23 January 20:22, by South South

                      Tito,

                      Those pennies rebels, Lam Akol or Bakosoro are going to increase the suffering of our people, they will not change the government for another 1000 years, so what is good about them? No, that’s not true, many IO generals are coming back to Juba in big numbers. The government of South Sudan has issues, we need to work together to find the best way to get rid of them.

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  • 23 January 07:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UNSC, is adapting consultative meeting on South Sudan while government is adapting consultative meeting to halt ©civil war and to proceeds with national dialogue with rivals parties.

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    • 23 January 18:51, by Naath

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam,

      The national dialogue Kiir has alluded is not real but tactic to consolidate more power while suppressing other political views. Kiir added that the dialogu is going to be in Juba and had chosen those who will participate in dialogue. I doubted if this dialogue is going to be a genuine one. What we need is not dialogue but peace talk that would address root cause of conflict.

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