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Kenya to resume participation in South Sudan peacekeeping force

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Kenya soldiers, the first batch of the troops who had served in the UNMISS, arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi Kenya, November 9, 2016, (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Photo)
January 30, 2017 (JUBA) - Kenya has accepted to resume its participation in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) following a reconciliation meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday.

The reconciliation was announced in a statement issued by the Kenyan presidency pointing that the meeting took place on the sidelines of the 28 Ordinary summit of the head of states and governments in Addis Ababa.

“I want the United Nations to be reconciled with Kenya. Let us make a fresh start. Kenya is a very important player in the region and I feel that we have to work together to secure peace and security. Let us put the past behind us,” said Guterres in a meeting with President Kenyatta, according to the Kenyan presidency.

“President Kenyatta said he agreed to a reset in the relations, and would look forward to senior officials from both sides meeting in Addis Ababa to work out details of the new arrangements”.

On 2 November 2016, Kenya decided to withdraw its 1,000 troops deployed to South Sudan to protest the relief of a Kenyan general from his position as commander of UNMISS force. Kenyan foreign ministry, at the time, said the force commander had been sacked without consultation with the Kenyan leadership.

The statement said that Guterres reiterated UN confidence in Kenya’s military and offered to Kenyatta to appoint the commander of African Union-United Nation Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

The UN chief also asked the Kenyan president to continue to be engaged in South Sudan, and “to urge the leadership of Africa’s newest nation to pursue inclusivity as a way of sustaining peace”.

Kenyatta had played a crucial role in the IGAD process to end the South Sudanese conflict. He worked to bring President Salava Kiir to ink the agreement despite his reservations over the deal.

African Union, IGAD and the United Nations Sunday urged the warring parties to commit themselves to the signed peace agreement, to ensure inclusivity of the political process in the proposed National Dialogue and in the implementation of the peace agreement.

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  • 30 January 2017 17:22, by Kuch

    What these Kenyan troops coming to do in our country that the over 12, 000 so-called UNIMISS haven’t done? Who authorizes them to be back into our country? The government of South Sudan has repeatedly told the criminals behind the damn UN that we don’t want even a single rat from any country to be deployed into our country again on the pretext>>>

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    • 30 January 2017 17:26, by Kuch

      There are some criminals in the US, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between that think, they can colonize and occupy our country on the pretext of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donation and their so-called peacekeeping bullshits, but the evils are playing with fire>>>

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      • 30 January 2017 17:31, by Kuch

        The criminals have been warned time and time again that this is South Sudan and not their 1950th Korea, their 1960th Eastern Congo, Angola or Mozambique. A lot of bloody noses guys. Play your dirty game in Ukraine, Iraq, Yemen, Libya or Syria. But here in South Sudan, we don’t want the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their evil juus and some of their criminals>>>

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        • 30 January 2017 17:36, by Kuch

          in between usual dirty intrigues. Kenyans troops have not pacify Somalia to come to a country that doesn’t even need their present. Really, who really always authorize this so-called UN peacekeepers to come to our country when they are not even wanted by the natives? Guys, what the corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between are>>>

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          • 31 January 2017 08:37, by jengelon

            Kuch this is true the president & his cabinet said that several time we don’t want foreign troops in our country but we don’t know what’s behind the scenes & even though we not reached the stage of these countries you mentioned South Sudan is a very ever peaceful country in the world. UNIMES,more coming in different names for what to do what nobody knows only to loot our resources God safe us Amen

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    • 31 January 2017 06:21, by Akuma

      "As a sign of our confidence in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and in the Kenyan government, the UN would like to offer Kenya the Darfur command,” Guterres added. Good Bantu is a dead one. Kenyan work with UN because of Positions not the peace and security player. Shame to Kenyatta and his gov’t

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    • 31 January 2017 06:41, by koang mi kei

      Wow wow I know some of our guys are celebrating Kenyan coming to South Sudan please don’t celebrate their coming they already take side that is why they are reporting our college in Kenya to South Sudan the corrupted government but know this time is over no more bullshit again

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  • 31 January 2017 10:12, by Dengda

    I haven’t read the article fully as I was piss off about Kenyan double standard in our country affairs. First Kenya has to payback the kick money spent on dirty deal for deportation of opposition personnel or else Kenyan troop will face disrespect from local population including intellectuals, like Ugandan troop, Kenya should wait for an election this year before faking deal with new UN Chief.

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