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Kiir addresses a news conference inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013 (Reuters photo)
August 20, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday warned that his government could reconsider its decision on the deployment of regional protection forces mandated by the United Nations Security Council.

“They [regional protection forces] have come and the way they have started is already becoming a matter of concern. They want to deploy at the airport. They also want whatever they bring into the country not to be checked,” warned the South Sudanese leader.

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

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

On Sunday, however, the South Sudanese unexpected accused the world body of “behaving as a parallel government” over the forces.

“If they [UN] don’t want to cooperate, we have the right to cancel the deployment [of the regional forces],” said Kiir during a meeting with the country’s security and intelligence officials in Juba.

The South Sudanese leader also claimed that the UN mission in the country had declined to renew their flight permit, warning that this could negatively impact on flight operations in the war-torn nation.

“I told Kuol Manyang [the defence minister] that if they [UN] don’t apply for renewal of permits, no flight, simple. So they did not fly on Friday and again today and now they are making noise. They want to talk to me. I have nothing to discuss with them about this. If they want to fly, let them apply for permit”, stressed Kiir.

It remains unclear what prompted the South Sudanese leaders to make such warnings, barely a month after the first batch of regional protection forces arrived in the country.

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, South Sudan slipped back into conflict due to renewed clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Kiir and the armed opposition backing former First Vice-President Riek Machar.

The deployment of the 4,000-strong regional protection force was authorized by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 2304 (2016).

The UN says the force will provide protection to key facilities in Juba and the main routes into and out of the city. It will also strengthen the security of UN protection of civilians’ sites and other UN premises.

The arrival of the first company of Rwandan soldiers, in addition to a Nepalese High Readiness company and more than 100 Bangladeshi engineers already in the mission area marks the beginning of the phased deployment of the regional protection force, David Shearer, head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), earlier said.

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  • 20 August 23:48, by john akeen

    Riek Machar, Pagan Amum,Lam Akol, Majak Agot, Thomas Cirillo, now you have sold our country to UN just like EU sold us to Arab people, remember when EU used to edu only Arab people and not us, do you remember when they were leaving our country in 1956, did they give power to Arab people only and not us the south people. and now you talking about I need regional forces to protection, you idiot

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    • 20 August 23:59, by john akeen

      I just want to let you know that UN are not in your country to protect your black ass, but they are in you country to eat your food with you for free. You have to protect your black ass by yourself

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      • 21 August 01:55, by Daniel

        My brother stop pointing figures, the very people you are supporting are doing enough to protect the civil population. Blaming people who are not in gov’t for the deployment of protection forces as if they signed any agreement with UNSC will not help unless otherwise. We should not be so myopic to the extent of not knowing what is happening in our beloved Country.

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        • 21 August 03:17, by Daniel

          Sorry I meant, are not doing enough to protect the civil population.

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      • 21 August 05:55, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        This is jienge paranoia. You agree unconditionally to allow RPF in, now you start this shit 💩 all over. No, stick to the rules and agreements. The Kiirminal is getting nervous and losing his mind cos his half learned Jienge Criminal Enterprise JCE, have misled him. Poor guy can’t think 4himself.

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        • 21 August 06:08, by jubaone

          Fact 1: UN, IGAD, US, Troika etc. know that Kiirminal is holding them fools.
          Fact 2: Once RPF is fully deployed, they will dictate the terms of engagement cos the Kiirminal is unreliable.
          Fact 3: The Kiirminal must implement ARCISS 2015 in full and have Dr. Riak reinstated.
          Fact 4: Kiirminal will oppose and will effect his abdication and so he will be removed by force. Great.

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          • 21 August 06:25, by South South

            jubaone,

            You are back to your own weakness and inability to fight the war but think regional forces will remove Kiir and then give you power. "Fact 4: Kiirminal will oppose and will effect his abdication and so he will be removed by force. Great."
            Who will do that for you weak and coward man? Wishful dream?

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            • 21 August 08:38, by jubaone

              South South,
              You use state resources, hire Darfur, Nuba mercenaries, UPDF support cos cowardly Jienges can’t do it alone, yet the opposition still stands strong. That’s why IGAD has called for revitalization of ARCISS cos the Kiirminal is uneducated, unruly, undisciplined and is a liar liar. Even you as MTN are afraid to get to ur luak. Loser.

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              • 21 August 15:09, by South South

                jubaone,

                Don’t talk like a child. No one wants war, period, but if the war is imposed on our government, we have no choice but to defeat and destroy the enemy. The things you mentioned above are called elements of surprise when you are smart and want to win the war. You cannot put your feet on Juba land, Riek Machar cannot put his feet on South Sudan land unless he accepts peace.Win, win for us.

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                • 21 August 19:03, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Your biggest enemy is jienge greed and not Riak or rest SS. The jienge wants everything and thinks SS belong to them alone. For this, the rest MUST without compromising fight this jienge greed and republic. Either we all destroy the SS and rebuild it on equality principle. You want war, we go it. Eye4eye, tooth4tooth. No compromise.

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      • 21 August 09:03, by Jongo

        John
        Cut the crap JCE invited RDFS into your rooms & they are going to take over every thing your wives,daughters Poor SS No Kiir nor shit can stop them only one way out to save our country is to be divided in to 3 Regions each region has it’s President Wani for Equatoria, Kiir for JCE Barghazal luaks & Machar for Upper Nile Teeth for teeth,Eye for aneye Heheh

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    • 21 August 00:01, by Malakal county Simon

      That’s the consequences of rejecting the peace Mr unwanted/accidental president...... If you didn’t spoiled the peace last year July 2016, this could not happened...... In the meantime, enjoy your own music and you’re the one to be blames for refusing to implement the signed accord......

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    • 21 August 01:44, by garrak1520

      if you can’t feed your people, educate children, protect the vulnerable therefore you are not independent. Give UN carte blanche and shut up. Mr.Kiir , you are just a tribal leader.

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    • 21 August 07:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The country is the country
      The president is the president
      No more jokes
      President Kiir, is right to give such a warning against antipeace groups.

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      • 21 August 15:26, by gatkhor Nueri

        Ayuiu Makuac Lam
        The govrnment remain to you Dinka,while you are still begging people on street In Juba Town,Konyokonyo,Custom,and you are saying (Chock ci koch Nook)
        yaa yiaal Arhamin.

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    • 21 August 07:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      UN has no maximum responsible for South Sudan.
      They have axillary powers to the president or government if there is a conditional situation affecting the country. Therefore No more powers than president.

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      • 21 August 07:33, by Daniel

        Makuac Lam
        Your Uncle like bragging when giving warnings but he loves inking his signature always before analyzing the negative and positive parts of what he wanted to sign. Where there is no vision, there is no hope. Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level, tell him not to rush always when making decisions.

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    • 21 August 15:27, by gatkhor Nueri

      John Akeen
      The govrnment remain to you Dinka,while you are still begging people on street In Juba Town,Konyokonyo,Custom,and you are saying (Chock ci koch Nook)
      yaa yiaal Arhamin.

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  • 21 August 00:35, by pabaak

    This protection from what even in first place south Sudan now is moving ahead now with implemention without regional something unimiss fail to provided since there deployment in the county their present is sabotage the government more than cooperation. So if it’s true they aren’t cooperative with the government then are definitely are having hidden agenda.

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    • 21 August 00:44, by pabaak

      And shouldn’t be allowed to enter the country. Unless is speculation from sudantribune because government should have statement defining clearly why and how
      They should deal with this matter rather than listen to speculation from media.

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      • 21 August 04:42, by Senator Y

        It is too late for Mr. Kiir to have a baby cry now while the country has been taken by UN on his watch. It is time for JCE to dispel UN or let them fight. Shame!

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  • 21 August 06:50, by gatkhor Nueri

    Mr.Kiir Mayar which one will be better for you? now you are jumping up and down,please now its too late for you my dear.
    remember that Dr.machar is coming to Juba soon.be content for discision and don’t depend on others people and now you are near to the ICC be jail soon.

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  • 21 August 06:56, by Lenin Bull

    RPF armements, deployment, and numbers speak volume for security/military analysts!! No fighting currently in Juba not even 500 miles near Juba but still RPF is being brought in armed to the teeth in addition to 17000 UNMISS troops. Something is fishy here.Real nationalists should begin preparation for the protection of our sovereignty, freedom and independence!!

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    • 21 August 08:46, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      What sovereignty when you Jienges with all the looted monies, political and tribal chauvinism can’t even develop yourselves? Jiengeland is without war, yet all squat, flee and disown their luaks to Equatoria. Uganda, Sudan or Kenya. I am at ease cos you losers always need foreign help. WFP food airdrops, UPDF help,

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    • 21 August 08:53, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      You jienges often said "we liberated SS" and bragged yourselves as best nationalists. Then pick your jienge courage and make the lead. Who do think will die 💀 for you, loser? Darfuris, Nubas, UPDF have their own crosses to carry. Stop dreaming and just go and fight off the RPF, ya jienge jaban.

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    • 21 August 15:14, by gatkhor Nueri

      Dr.Machar will dry all of you up untill you apology front of him Soon
      Soon Machar Is Coming.
      Yaa hopeless Lenin Bull

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    • 21 August 15:17, by gatkhor Nueri

      Lenin Bull

      If you don’t want the RPF to come to Juba please hung yourself and it’s too late for you and your Uncle Kiir.

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  • 21 August 07:04, by Lenin Bull

    John Akeen is 100% right . The UN wants to forcefully share in our food freely and not to protect any damned African soul around. The white men want to have access to South Sudan oil under pretext of civilian protection. They are using the UNMISS now RPF as a ruse/strategy. A terrible tragedy is in the offing in our black continent.

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    • 21 August 07:22, by Daniel

      Lenin Bull
      Your analysis is excellent but we South Sudanese like war/defending of our uncles in the gov’t or opposition who are just struggling for their own benefits.Those are consequences of poor leadership and greed for power. No peace unless we youth open eyes before things get worst. We are the ones fighting, and some few elites are enjoying with their kids while our families are starving.

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      • 21 August 15:22, by gatkhor Nueri

        Daniel
        The govrnment remain to you Dinka,while you are still begging people on street In Juba Town,Konyokonyo,Custom,and you are saying (Chock ci koch Nook)
        yaa yiaal Arhamin.

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        • 22 August 01:20, by Daniel

          Mr Nueri
          Blaming the whole tribe for one man wrong deeds will not bring unity among ourselves. Blame your tribesmen, you are not organized and also, always like betraying yourselves. If I may ask, why are you guys fighting yourselves in the upper Nile, Maiwut State instead of fighting Dinka government in Juba?For me, I cannot blame Dinka anymore but you maniac Nuers.Hate u bse of ur disorganizatio

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    • 21 August 15:24, by gatkhor Nueri

      Lenin Bull
      The govrnment remain to you Dinka,while you are still begging people on street In Juba Town,Konyokonyo,Custom,and you are saying (Chock ci koch Nook)
      yaa yiaal Arhamin.

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  • 21 August 07:39, by Agany Malim

    Mr president which one will you do now? Is’t implementation of peace acord or protecting your gov’t from UN? Look kiir you were told by people yet you do go back your JCE as if they are for national affairs. Eat but make sure you are not in a safety place. You cooperate with them otherwise you will face it consequences

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  • 21 August 07:39, by Adok son

    For my observation and analysis,Salva Kiir is informed by the same UN of USA and IGAD of M7 in East Africa region to reject the the proposal of third party intervention,because he is a weak president who don’t know what to do but through influence came from the west and Europe. Look! This intervention force was discussed since last two years and it’s still unless UN ended its interest on Salva Kii

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  • 21 August 07:42, by Kat Cok

    It is too late Mr. President to talk about their deployment, because your management has case that to happen, you should have defeat rebellion, but on any time you give infinity amnesty to criminals which encourage them to rebel and come back, this time need your wisdom to deal with it.
    God bless South Sudan.

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  • 21 August 07:55, by Adok son

    Peace Maker Dr.Riek Machar Teny is detained there while the Killer kept on power to continue his discrimination, tribalism, instability, corruption, murdering innocent civilian, dictatorship. What a world is this?
    They(UN) need us to be criminals like Salva Kiir so that they stand with us or what? God who created human being shall reinstates the evils minded people with good people in South Sudan.

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  • 21 August 08:48, by Political Affairs Advisor

    One thing I understand is that those supporting Kiir are not supporting him base on right thing he made for the country in General as a President but they do support him base on that he is Dinka because they are Dinka too. This country is not only Dinka that own it but it belong to all People of South Sudan. Kiir will go by any mean and another south Sudanese will takeover the leadership soon

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    • 21 August 10:32, by Lenin Bull

      Political Affairs Advsior, your patterns of thinking is weird and wicked as that of your witch grandmother. Didn’t you read this article well? We are not supporting President Salva Kiir because we are Dinka!! No. We are protesting being indirectly colonized again through UNMISS/RPF!! Buddy some of us are not Dinkas but patriotic and free South Sudanese.

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      • 21 August 11:23, by Political Affairs Advisor

        Dear Lenin, if you were not out of your mind, you couldn’t just start insulting than to prove the fact. I watch through all your comments, and the only thing I got is all about tribalism and hatred. You are one of the elements that make this country dark. If Kiir does have mind like president, why was he not review any agreement before he sign?

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      • 21 August 11:29, by Political Affairs Advisor

        I urged you guys to just focus on ways to improve the situation that is happening in our country than to follow the mess our fathers have caused. They are not the ones who will face the burden of this mess, but we are the coming generation that will suffer in retrieving this to it normal pattern. Let join hands for peace only not for war against ourselves

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        • 21 August 11:57, by Lenin Bull

          Dear Political Affairs Advisor thank you so much for this last statement which calls for peace and stability in our country. My brother Iam getting mad with mindless people whether inside or outside South Sudan calling for us to be colonized again when we have just liberated ourselves from ugly Arab yorks!! We are now the most miserable folks among our won African people in our black continent

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          • 21 August 12:05, by Lenin Bull

            because of all these bad series of colonialism. Turkish, Condominium, British, and Arab colonialism !!. And now new masters warming behind certain strategies!!. Are we not tired of all these historical injustices and oppression? Great and proud people resist oppression and belittling anyway.Only brags take it lying.

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            • 21 August 12:11, by Lenin Bull

              I see the days of President Salva Kiir as being numbered and will be removed by South Sudan with less cost through ballot soon. But has one calculated the cost of foreigners coming into our country to colonize us again with possibly with interests on the oil? It will cots us billions of our oil money and these foreigners will sponsor tribal hatred and war as a strategy to keep us unstable.

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              • 21 August 13:47, by Political Affairs Advisor

                That is why fellow citizen, they says what make an individual sleepless is what he or she cause. All these happening in our young nation primarily are caused by our fathers. And this has given chance for foreign suckers advantage to play with our minds, resources and everything we have in our country. What we do to seal this matter affecting our vulnerable people, we have to come together first!!!

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                • 21 August 13:59, by Political Affairs Advisor

                  Otherwise my dear thanks you so much. What am very concern deeply about is only for us to see possibility of reaching another for peace and unity and this is not a act for those in high office or positions but, for all of us so long you are South Sudanese. Let stupid citizens continue spreading message of tribalism and division but, not you Dear Lenin or anybody who might path through this message

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                  • 21 August 14:55, by Lenin Bull

                    Political Affairs Advisor, I swear from today I will always respect your opinions. God bless you my beloved countryman Political affairs Advisor. Let us fight both tribalism, regionalism, corruption and poor leadership in our country together whether Nuer, Dinka, Bari, Zande, Acholi, Cholo, etc. Let defend all innocent civilians from any tribe from being killed without a reason.

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                    • 21 August 15:00, by Political Affairs Advisor

                      You are welcome with open arms dear

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  • 21 August 09:20, by lou nuer

    With the few names, i mentioned here.
    1: John Akeen
    2: Ayuiu
    3: Pabaak
    4. Lenin Bull
    My dear colleagues take your times to analysis the ongoing situation in the Country. Our aim is to stop such a situation but others are playing games on it progress of the deteriorating the security. This mentally of imature minded of DINKa will never help the Country.

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  • 21 August 10:36, by Bilpam- 2

    My friend Lou Nuer,

    They have started it by bringing the foreign troops to fight on their behalf.There is no reason for them to cry for what they have started.

    They are talking nonsense about natural resources etc.Proxy war has been invited by them so that the resources of our country should be exploited.

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  • 21 August 12:10, by Ranmediit

    Kiir,JCE and Taban you choose the shattered and Crying that UN deployed more in town juba,since citizens of South Sudan are suffering in Refugee Camps and your children are enjoying luxury life Uganda,Kenya,Australia,Ethiopio,Cairo,South Africa.
    either peace with H.E Dr Machar,Dr,Lam Akol,General,Thomas Or to facing UN war.

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  • 21 August 12:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Daniel, what president kiir, mentioned is not a negative, even you cannot allow any foreigner to preside your important point like airport and presidential palace that is J1.
    I support that warning ? by Kiirdit Mayardit.

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  • 21 August 15:10, by gatkhor Nueri

    Yesterday when the Dinka know that RPF come to Juba,all they all fasten the Dipper special Michael Makuei Lueth.
    1.Lenin Bull
    2.John Akeen
    3.Kuch
    4.Pabaak
    please from now onward let everybody from you fasten his dipper nicely because every corner you should have to deficate.

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  • 21 August 17:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Lou Nüer,
    We know South Sudan situation, even new born baby has knowledgeable of country affairs.
    Please, try to tell your all rebels or other political parties to stop attacking president kiir regime and then people should cooperate for better building of the country.

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