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S. Sudan endorses deployment of regional protection force

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July 20, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government on Thursday said it had completed the verification needed before the regional protection forces are deployed into the war-torn nation.

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

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said verification of the forces and equipment to be brought by regional forces into the country had been completed and that land was allocated by Jubek state government for their base.

“On our side as the government, there is no problem anymore. We have done our verification and have cleared the deployment of the regional protection. Already fourteen top commanders of the regional protection force have been in the country since March as part of the deployment process,” said Lomuro.

He added, “So we have done our part and we just wait for whatever is required of us”.

The minister, however, said the government was unaware of when the forces would arrive, although it’s anticipated to be at end of month.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued Resolution 2304 in August last year, allowing deployment of more than 4,000 troops to beef up the existing 13,000 UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) force.

South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity confirmed its unconditional consent to the deployment of the force in a communiqué to the UN Security Council on November 30, 2016.

The regional protection forces, once deployed, will be mandated to protect key installations like the Juba airport, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and provide protection to the civilians.

The regional forces are also expected to further strengthen the security of UN protection of civilians’ sites and other UN premises.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

Machar denied the accusation but later mobilised a strong rebel movement.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with millions of others displaced and over 4 million people left severely food insecure since December 2013.

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  • 21 July 03:57, by Odingo

    The deployment of Regional Protection Forces is take the control Juba air port, check point and must be deployed between buffer zone to see who gonna start fighting again between SPLA/IO and SPLA/IG.
    The question is, where will Taban Deng Gai, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Thoy Chany will go? I am sure Kiir will put them under arrest for causing J1 incidence.
    They killed so many good Dinka and Nuer.

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    • 21 July 05:16, by Malakal county Simon

      The end of fake first Vice-president STD is near and he will be be put to house arrest for denying peace!! Let’s all just watch the fall of Taban Deng/falluase

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      • 21 July 05:45, by Kush Natives

        Slave/Malakal county Simon,
        FYI, the coming of the fools keeping forest will not affect anybody remember that! Do you think that Riek Machar will hide among those fools keeping forest? If you want to fight Taban, then why not come to Juba yourself?

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        • 21 July 11:31, by Malakal county Simon

          Kush Native

          Here you’re! Calling me a slave?? Did you forgot that’s Dinkas are a well known slaves in history of old Sudan?? through their collaborations with British colonial?? Anyway I don’t blame you, because your parents may have not tells you such a shameful history about Dinka tribe of South Sudan. For the mean time, just Keep booty-licking Salva Kiir feet, before your time expires soon....

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    • 21 July 05:48, by Kush Natives

      Odingo,
      Taking the international airport for what reason? Think twice, we’re here deploying our airspace drones, so that we monitor the movement any unwanted rebels. I hope you get me right!

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    • 21 July 08:09, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! acceptance of regional protection forces after collapsing of your attempted Taban leadership, Dr Machar will do his Christmas in Juba whether you like it or not,

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  • 21 July 06:06, by Sunday Junup

    Waiting for Airspace drone.problem is that South Sudan has no radar instead they use naked eye.

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  • 21 July 06:24, by Tilo

    I just hope that next year election will be held as planned scheduled, otherwise this war is gonna be prolong and the unwanted can continue ruling the country in mess, atrocities and keep on enriching them self through the suffering of vulnerable south Sudanese.
    WE ARE TIRED OF WAR

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  • 21 July 08:18, by Eastern

    Why the belated change of heart? Intransigence is not the way of running a government. Is it because of dying economy. By the way the RPF are from poor countries and most of these soldiers will be sending back home the money they will earn in South Sudan. Kiir has this last chance of genuinely implementing the ARCISS.

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    • 21 July 09:06, by South South

      Eastern,

      Either you are sleeping deep or you are not updated. South Sudan never said no to RPF. It has been working on it and the statement from minister is clear. It is not our business whether RPF are from poor countries or not. Africa is poor including your immediate relatives. By the way, US will tax you and send your tax money to UN which will pay RPF, enjoy.

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      • 21 July 11:36, by Eastern

        South South,

        You folks are congental liars; allergic to being reasonable and outright heartless. Is that the reason you want to keep yours under wraps? http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/south-sudan-rejects-4000-additional-peacekeepers-170111151623667.html

        Pro regime youths were mobilised in the streets of Juba in support of this government position. I have photos and voice clips...

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        • 21 July 15:05, by South South

          Eastern,

          Please stop this stupid way of arguing. The link you just posted is a very old one. Government of South Sudan knows how to cut deal with international community. RPF are coming to South Sudan because we have very clear mandate from them. Stop lying to your teeth.

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      • 21 July 11:52, by Tilo

        South South,

        You need to understand how the international body works, South Sudan is going to fully cater for the RPF, that is how it work bro.
        Nothing is given to you for free buddy by the international community.
        THE RPF BOOTS IN SS WILL BE PAID BY SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT PERIOD, EITHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT - THUS HOW IT WORKS DUDE

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        • 21 July 14:57, by South South

          Tilo,

          I do not a lecture from you about how international community works.. South Sudan did not ask for RPF, like now we have more than 10000 UN forces in South Sudan. Who is paying for them? South Sudan? NO.

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  • 21 July 09:40, by john locke

    South sudan, why are you spporting a government that killed and continies to kill thousands along trible lines? Why are you supporting a govern,ent that spends the countries money on buying weapons to fight a rebellion that it obviously cannot beat? Why doesnt kiir just step down and go on exile? He left for uganda because he needs advice from musevini

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    • 21 July 15:01, by South South

      john locke,

      Ask rebel what are they fighting for? When you a straight answer from them then get back to me with your question. South Sudan government is not Jesus to be shoot at then stands with cross hands. Kiir is there to stay, period.

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  • 21 July 17:55, by john locke

    South south, i can tell that you are a kiir follower and a jiang.. we IO are fighting because car started a war against the nuer and non dinka tribes in 2013. He has failed the entire country. Theres a famine in the country and he instead buys weapons thatnhis army loses in battles against us. He needs to step down.

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    • 21 July 23:08, by South South

      john locke,

      Please stop this kind of talk. If you hate Dinka, then leave South Sudan. How many cities, towns and army garrisons you captured from South Sudan government? IO forces are battling to protect Pagak, the last strong hold of IO. What is that tell you if you have a little brain to think?

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  • 21 July 23:15, by john locke

    South south, stop. We the IO are stronger than youre spla army. You claimed to have captured pagak, yet that turned out to be false. You were stopped. Youre army that tou sent to fight us in pagak defected, all 103 of them. Your army is shrinking by the day, from death and desertion. Its only a matter of time before kiir leaves. The mathiang anyor even deaerted there positions. Or are we lying?

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