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South Sudan welcomes arrival of first batch of regional protection force

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UNMISS peacekeepers from Rwanda wait to escort members of the visiting U.N. Security Council on Friday, September 2, 2016 (AP/Justin Lynch file Photo)
April 30, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government on Sunday welcomed the arrival of the first batch of the regional protection force, saying it demonstrates the commitment of the government to ending the conflict in the country so that peace and stability returns.

Presidential Adviser on Security Affairs told Sudan Tribune that the arrival of the regional protection force demonstrates the commitment of the government to end the conflict and bring peace and stability to the country as soon as possible.

“Actually the delay was not on the side of the government of the Republic of South Sudan. It was on the side of the United Nations which did not complete discussions with the troops contributing countries and which did not provide clarification on the type of arms these troops would bring. Now all these have been cleared and as the government, we are happy to welcome them,” said Tut Kew Gatluak

The top presidential adviser said the government has always welcomed the presence of the foreign troops as it would help observing what takes place in the country, instead of having to rely on the emotions moving media and humanitarian organisation reports.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Saturday 29 April, announced the arrival of the first batch of the regional protection force in the country.

The statement said the first elements of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) have started to arrive in the country. But, It did not indicate how many troops arrived and when they came into the country.

“The RPF Headquarters has already been established in Juba under the leadership of Brigadier General Jean Mupenzi from Rwanda. In addition, an advance party of a Construction Engineering Company from Bangladesh arrived on 20 April bringing essential equipment to begin the preparation of accommodation and working areas for the RPF in Juba. Regional troops from Rwanda will follow in June and July;” the statement reads in part.

It further added that some other specialist capacities which are unavailable in the region will be provided by troop-contributing countries from the other UN Member States including Nepal and Pakistan.

The UNMISS said that the 4,000 peacekeepers of the RPF, commanded by Brigadier General Mupenzi, will be based in Juba to bolster the Mission’s capacity to advance the safety and security of civilians.

The RPF will provide coordinated protection to key facilities in Juba. It will also provide protection to the main routes into and out of the city.

The deployment of the RPF, to be staged over coming months, will free existing 13,000-strong peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond Juba.

(ST)

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  • 1 May 07:13, by Kuch

    SUDAN TRIBUNE, you can lie as much as you can, through your usual own dirty teeth. But when we get you fools, then we are going to kill you. Regional forces to come to South Sudan?? SUDAN TRIBUNE, to come and do what? Has South Sudan, becomes a regional Iraq, Yemen or Libya. Where some sleazy Europeans, the UN and their evil juus often change their governments like they are changing under wears>>>

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    • 1 May 07:23, by Kuch

      Here in South Sudan fellows, we don’t want you corporate America, the UK, your UN, your sleazy NGOs and their evil juus in our country. Careful fellows. Who says, we want the UN in our country? Fellows, we don’t sleep with Bantus, let alone the evil white Americans, Arabs and their evil juus in our country. We are going to bomb you fools>>>

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      • 1 May 07:38, by Kuch

        Countries like Rwanda are considered to be in the par with our country, South Sudan and our people. People have to be honest to themselves. Our country is being Geo-politically played like Eastern; where many criminals around the world have playing game with them, including the lowly countries like Rwanda>>>

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        • 1 May 07:46, by Kuch

          We have informed the Rwandans, to get their ars*s out of our country in peace. We at war with our arch enemies---the so-called US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and their other fools in between.

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          • 1 May 08:11, by South South

            Great, great, great news for our country. Let’s hope this is the beginning of real peace in our country.

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            • 1 May 09:51, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

              Things become clear now.Dr.Machar was completed arrested by South Africa government.south sudan JCE govt give 450,000 USD to south africa govt to keep Machar in prison.it is clear it is clear.that is why now south africa govt is demanding 750,000 USD from south sudan to pay.

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            • 1 May 11:45, by jubaone

              South South,
              Here I agree with you. The RPF will come, that is in line with what Dr. Riak has been saying from the beginning except the Kiirminal must learnt this fact the hard and tragic way. Once the RPF are on the ground, the jienge SPLA will have limited influence, the ARCISS will be revitalized, Riak will come in and bam..Taban Gai is out, then real peace will start. I like this.

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              • 1 May 13:32, by South South

                Jubaone,

                Please forget about DR. Riek, the man is legally blind now. ARCISS never died and will not die. You are totally very wrong. The RPF are in support South Sudan to support peace. They will not rule South Sudan, so final saying in everything in South Sudan is still in Kiir’s hands. Kiir is your president Jubaone, bad news to you.

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                • 1 May 15:01, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Dr. Riak signed that ARCISS 2015 and Kiirminal has to implement that in letter and spirit. There are no short cuts and Taban Gai is of no use. You see, he has no following except IO Crown Hotel nyigats. Lt. Gen. Wesley Samson has made a clear message. Kiir may climb a tree but will come down like a monkey. Great

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                  • 1 May 15:54, by South South

                    Jubaone,

                    ARCISS is a property of South Sudan. Yes, Riek and Kiir signed it on our behave. Leave Riek alone, the man is dying from cancer. ARCISS will continue with Riek or without Riek. By the way, Taban is no longer in Crown. You need to update yourself. Who is Wesley Samson? I have never heard of him. Kiir is controlling everything in the country including your own village Jubaone.

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                    • 1 May 21:23, by jubaone

                      South South,
                      Then go tell Kiir to visit my village and see if he controls it. If he cant control his own jienge village and is grounded and squatting in Luri like a vagabond, how can he control my village? He needs heavy nyor escort, otherwise he can get his ass busted. He is now just confined to Juba and busy drinking. You heard of the coup rumours in Juba? He is fearing for his life

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                      • 1 May 22:39, by South South

                        Jubaone,

                        "He needs heavy nyor escort"

                        I like that, they are pain in your neck. Give up and return back to South Sudan with your tail tucks between your legs. Vagabond are those who ran away from South Sudan including you.

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                    • 2 May 06:09, by jubaone

                      South South,
                      Lt. Gen Wesley Samson is Dep Chief of Staff for Training in IO. I knew as a jienge you didn’t know all complex facts. This is shown by the fact that you even didn’t know the mandate of RPF. How did you learn to write? Intelligent thoughts are not your domain. Just look after cows and remain a good luak fool.

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                • 1 May 15:10, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  You jienges and scoundrels like Kuch madly were opposed to RPF deployment, now things are moving on well. Once fully on the ground, Riak and his followers will insist on unconditional implementation of ARCISS 2015. Kiirminal was reserved with Riak but claims it works with Taban Gai, how stupid! He must swallow it or vomit, no short cuts.

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                  • 1 May 16:00, by South South

                    Jubaone,

                    Forget about Riek man and think about the future of your country. Country is bigger than one man with one eye. As for RPF, at the beginning their mandate was not clear. No country can allow any forces from other countries without any clear mandate. Now we know their mandate, this is how we allow them to enter South Sudan.

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                    • 1 May 19:05, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

                      We are not going to allows single space to be exploited by traitors or by so called RPF.if u doubt its asks UNMISS we know their missions is all about coz we know how to play their game.so we are telling to gets to your dollars but dont temper with South Sudan and its people.

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                      • 1 May 21:25, by jubaone

                        Jienge Alipa Chawul,
                        Game over, just pack any jienge leftovers and go to your luak. RPF is there to stay. If you dont like, hang yourself at the next tree.

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                    • 1 May 21:31, by jubaone

                      South South,
                      These are excuses of losers and fools. I understand that most jienges are not really intelligent enough to understand the mandate of the RPF. You need some good educated jienges like Kuch. How else could the Kiirminal and Malong understand the RPF mandate anyway. Both are just a bunch of primitive savages whose strength lies in their muscles but not brains.

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                      • 1 May 22:50, by South South

                        Jubaone,

                        A smart person is the one who rules a country like Kiir. One of the big problem which is very foolish to me is that some of Equatoria thought that international community would fight for them to put them to power, that why they started fighting in their areas. RPF are not in South Sudan to fight for you. If you can not do it alone then forget RPF. Talk to Kiir, only way out.

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                        • 2 May 06:03, by jubaone

                          South South,
                          That is jienge logic and in this it us not applicable. He, Malong and the many jienges just get to leadership not cos they’re smart they just use the "jienge bonus". Nothing to do with smartness. Just go get your fake degree in some business administration or worthless law from a bogus university in Uganda. Then become a jienge leader in your luak or carry for me water.

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  • 2 May 01:23, by Nationalist

    From red-line to acceptance and welcoming of regional protection forces. The spla/m ig, io and FD and also those claiming to fight for the local people prepare face the real annoyance of almighty God

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    • 2 May 22:13, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      JubaOne

      You will soon cry when we gets our hold on you.u are not far from where u are.continue to talks rubish like that.Anyway you are just a monkey who eats another premate(monkeys). Shame on U!

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