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Regional forces will not control S. Sudan airport: UN chief


August 16, 2017 (JUBA) - The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, David Shearer has clarified that it will be the mandate of the government and not the regional protection forces to control the airport and other key installations in the war-torn country.

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The head of the UN mission in South Sudan David Shearer addresses reporters on arrival of regional protection forces from Rwanda, August 8, 2017 (UN photo)

“There was never any thought of controlling the airport. The airport is the sovereign territory of the Government of South Sudan. The issue for us is, with the cooperation of the South Sudanese military and police doing joint patrols – it is something we have been talking with the authorities about and we hope will take place,” Shearer told reporters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Tuesday.

He added, “There is absolutely no designs or plans of any kind to take control of the airport. Quite the opposite, the airport is the sovereign right and sovereign property of the government of South Sudan”.

According to the top UN official, the mission has already started some patrols up and down the road linking South Sudan’s town of Nimule to Uganda and that connecting the capital, Juba to Bor.

Shearer said the deployment of the troops will allow the mission to reorganize and put to proper use the troops, including the provision of regular patrols.

“These are two vital lifelines for South Sudan. The deployment of the RPF (Regional Protection Force) means simply that we have additional troops at our disposal that can make more frequent patrols along that road in addition to the possibility of escorting some vehicles along the road as well,” stressed the UN mission head.

“We hope that that presence will make the road safer and enable the free movement of people along that road without any problems”, he added.

The protection force, the official further told reporters, would be based in Juba, allowing the mission a freedom for other forces to move out to hotspots that require more in the way of protection.

In August 2016, the UN Security Council, following a request by the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), approved the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to secure Juba in the aftermath of renewed clashes.

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

The 4,000-strong force is meant to protect civilians from the gang rapes and other abuses seen during the fighting that erupted in the capital, Juba, a year ago. This additional force would beef up the existing 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping troops.
South Sudan’s civil war has killed tens of thousands and displaced over two million civilians in less than five years, according to the UN.

Last month, South Sudan government said it had completed the verification needed for regional protection forces to be deployed in the country. Weeks later, the first batch of regional protection from Rwanda arrived in Juba.


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  • 17 August 2017 07:28, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulations Mr.David Shearer for your rational leadership that respect the sovereignty and independence of our young nation. You will succeed 100% in your tenure as Head of the UNMISS unlike emotional leadership of Hilde Johnson that did not differentiate between NGUNDAENG uprising, and coup d’etat.

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    • 17 August 2017 09:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That is very absolutely 👉 right.

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    • 17 August 2017 18:53, by garrak1520

      Can’t feed your people , can’t school the children, can’t protect women from rape, can’t provide the minimum for the masses, and can’t pay salaries; Still begging the international community for assistance, and you call South Sudan a Sovereign Nation. Empty pride!!! This is not how those heroes have foreseen South Sudan after over 30 yrs of war.

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  • 17 August 2017 07:36, by Lenin Bull

    Very soon the ICC will document SPLA-IO coward attacks on civilian vehicles on roads and killing them intentionally which is a serious crime against humanity and can take them to ICC prison cells in the Hague. The SPLA-IO is derailed by evil satanic demonism or NGUNDAENGISM. Where is the noble claim of a revolution to change South Sudan if revolutionary soldiers can kill civilians on ethnicity.

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    • 17 August 2017 09:27, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      First get hold of your uncontrollable luakjiengs or worthless nyors that are directly responsible for massive tape cases and wanton killings. These uncircumcised Jienge criminals are lawless and must be apprehended. I guess raping is a jienge habit and most are nothing but products of rape and bastardy.

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      • 17 August 2017 11:00, by South South


        What is "massive tape cases", stupid. In Equatoria near Yei and other areas, there are many uncircumcised, are they Dinka? No, they are Equatoria. The recent taste in rebel’s mouths is losing everything. Pagak, rebels surrendered in big numbers in Wau, Equatoria is under control of the government. Everything is down with rebels. Losers are losers, but stupid people are always stupid.

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        • 17 August 2017 11:29, by Jongo

          WoWOwo South Sudan
          Watch your dirty empty mouth to whom you’r talking The Equatorians are South Sudanese SUPREMACISTS You Jenge are our slaves house mates water carriers Faham salers Go back to dirty Luaks & get civilze first & grow teeth before opening your mouth to talk Read your background you idiot Jenge

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          • 17 August 2017 19:31, by jubaone

            Thank you. We taught jienges how to ware pants and civilized them while they were running naked after their cows-aryan jienges. How can they now claim to be equal to "komonye kak?" No. Jellaba slaves. We have baby-sitted them for long. They should go back to their luaks. We wille nsure that they NEVER move freely in Equatoria. This is MTN hunting time.

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        • 17 August 2017 19:28, by jubaone

          South South,
          Just awoken from your slumber? Just regained some strength in Juba feeding station after days going hungry in your stinking jienge luak? Great. As a jienge you are behind news. Taban´s nyagateen lured the jienges to Pagak and bam- bam, IO hit them on Saturday and all fled. If you cant freely move in Equatoria, how can you control it? Just MTN squatters and vagabonds without control.

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  • 17 August 2017 07:42, by Lenin Bull

    When SPLA captured Ulang and Nasir in May 2014 all vulnerable civilians specially elderly persons, physically disabled persons were spared and protected by soldiers given water, food, some who were sick or injured were treated and taken to UNMISS base to keep them safe from collateral damage during military confrontation. Some of these Nuer elders were made to call their stupid IO sons

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  • 17 August 2017 07:42, by lou nuer

    Lenin Bull does it mean your job is Sudantribunenoany other thing to do? Please take ur time on different things. UN are the oone causing this mysth in the Country. UN and IGAD has made S.Sudan as bussiness place. But reveng is the worst in life if am not wrong we shall bear children for this war and cntinue for some years to come. U use to said 1991. we shall said 2013 as you said before then.

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  • 17 August 2017 07:47, by Lenin Bull

    to let them know that the government troops did not harm them but to the contrary offered help and kept them alive and safe. But evil possessed and mad SPLA-IO village soldiers killed all civilians in Atar, Baliet, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, etc while singing madness song that " Kamda uJaang thiele Malech, oooh kamda ujaang thiele malech waa"!!! Meaning kill all Dinkas because there is no comprise

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  • 17 August 2017 07:48, by gatkhor Nueri

    @Lenin Bull
    Let me advise you this,the would you like more is the one who kill you or you die on it.because you devote your time for nothing,please one day one time you will suffer more my friend number your days.

    Kinds Regards

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  • 17 August 2017 07:52, by Lenin Bull

    between Nuer and Dinka. No for Dinka the Nuer are their cousins and no feeling of enmity whatsoever. You will get Nuer in Dinka towns and villages like Twich State, Abyei, Dukein, Paloich/oil field, Bor, Awerial, Juba, Yei, Nimule, Torit, etc.

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  • 17 August 2017 08:09, by Kat Cok

    Good News if they are coming to help for securing the civilians, that is well and good, and before we celibrate let them start to secure the roads from criminals who are torture the civilians between Juba - Nimule , Juba - Bor, Juba - Yaei, and Juba Terkeka roads.

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    • 17 August 2017 19:34, by jubaone

      Kat Cok,
      These RPF should escort all jienges exiting from Nimule. their Visitation time is over. if they refuse, ambushes will continue till they all quit. Jienges belong to luaks and Eqquatoria to Equatorians.

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  • 17 August 2017 09:07, by Independent Thinker

    Dear UNMISS, you are very sick, you need to go for further treatment

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    • 17 August 2017 09:24, by Lenin Bull

      Dear Independent Thinker, UNMISS last man has spoken. What you need to do now is to cut off your penis or clit or shut up.

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    • 17 August 2017 17:31, by General

      Mr thinker your stupidity is quite different,otherwise you have severe sickness then Shearer who ve deployed troops for safty

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  • 17 August 2017 19:08, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, the game is over after we captured Pagak. I am heading back to Juba very soon. Thank you, David Shearer for clarification and leadership. We, the South Sudan needs peace and stability. Great job SPLA soldiers! Make sure to keep Machar and his supporters out Pagak and other states. We tired and need uninterrupted rest.

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