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Peace monitors asks UN to deploy extra troops to S. Sudan

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January 24, 2017 (JUBA) – The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body overseeing the implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement has urged the U.N Security Council to quickly deploy the 4,000 extra troops it authorized late last year.

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JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae, briefs the UN Security Council, on the implementation of the peace agreement on 31 March 2016 (ST Photo)

The JMEC chairman, Festus Mogae told the Security Council in New York on Monday that deploying the protection forces would help government to refocus on restoring law and order outside Juba.

Mogae, in a statement, argued that strengthening the current 12,000 UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMNISS) would “provide a safe, neutral and secure environment in support of the peace process.”

The former Botswana president further said that the Security Council must unite to push the South Sudanese government to accept the deployment of authorized by the world body six months ago.

“Such spirit of determination, coordinated actions and uniform voices are critical for effective intervention in South Sudan,” he said.

The Security Council authorized the deployment of 4,000 troops in South Sudan in August, following renewed violence in Juba, but the government, initially rejected the resolution and has been reluctant to allow the deployment of troops from neighbouring countries.

According to the monitoring body’s chairperson, the regional protection forces will boost and assist the Transitional Government of National Unity “redeploy the bulk of the army currently protecting Juba to the other parts of the country to restore law and order.”

Mogae, however, said the national dialogue initiative announced by President Salva Kiir last year be impossible if Juba is not secured to allow rival participants engage in the process without being intimidated.

South Sudan has experience violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar saw the country split along ethnic dimensions. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence in its independence.

(ST)

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  • 25 January 2017 06:40, by Akuma

    Bullshit Mogae,

    No more deployment of Regional Protection forces in Juba anymore. South Sudan is capable of bringing peace and security as stipulated in South Sudan constitutions to protect citizens lives and their properties. South Sudan is sovereign nation to reject any foreign aggression engineer by JEM under Mogae. He is another Ban Ki-Moon again

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    • 25 January 2017 15:00, by Midit Mitot

      Nincompoop Fetus Magae, your are the most adultery person in Africa, talking nonsense while you are the one causing July incident.

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  • 25 January 2017 10:12, by Nationalist

    This UN, IGAD, SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO have failed the innocent people of South Sudan. Greediness and too much love for money is finishing the love for human-kind

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  • 25 January 2017 11:29, by victory john

    nice to follow your previouse speech that you hade signed apeace agreement of transitional government last year. festus, Mogaes,he is one who has been takecare for the suoth sudan citizens life that is why still now to recall to help apeace agreement agains in the country ,possible to deploye regional protection force in country because the aime of goverment in this season it need tocommite aware

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  • 25 January 2017 13:12, by Maguto

    Mogae has a project of fueling war in South Sudan..no peace as i realised

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