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IGAD military leaders decide to deploy over 1600 troops in South Sudan

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UNMISS Security Preparedness Exercise in Tomping, South Sudan on 20161223- (Photo UNMISS)
November 22, 2018 (KHARTUM/JUBA) - The IGAD chiefs of staff decided to dispatch over 1600 troops from five countries to take part in the Regional Protection Force (RPF) deployed in South Sudan.

As guarantors of the revitalized peace agreement, the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held, in Addis Ababa, on 12 September 2018 decided to "contribute forces to enhance the protection and security throughout the implementation of the R-ARCSS.

Accordingly, after a meeting in Khartoum the IGAD chiefs of staff sent a team to Juba to assess the operational needs. The report of the assessment mission was discussed by the military leader in a meeting held in Addis Ababa from 19-22 November.

"Based on the conclusions of the report, which reviewed the composition and mandate of the regional protection forces, it was agreed today in Addis Ababa to add (1695) troops to complete the tasks by assigning (Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia)," said the official Sudan news agency (SUNA).

"The contributions to be as follows, four hundred ninety-nine (499) each from Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan, and ninety-nine (99) each from Somalia and Djibouti."

The deployment of IGAD forces was decided to reassure the opposition groups that the guarantors will be physically present on the ground to prevent the repetition of attacks on civilians as it happened in July 2016 or in December 2013.

The opposition groups and especially the SPLM-IO called to maintain the two separate armies during the transitional period and rejected the idea of a unified army pointing that the UN peacekeepers failed twice to stop the violence on civilians or to protect the opposition leaders.

From the inclusion of Kenya in the operation, it seems that Nairobi has accepted to resume its participation in the South Sudan peacekeeping force. The Kenyan government in November 2016 decided to withdraw troops from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in protest of a UN decision to sack the Kenyan force commander.

The IGAD military leaders tasked the Ethiopian army Chief of Staff to hand over the outcome of their meeting the Ethiopian foreign minister to engage the African Union Peace and Security Council and United Nations Security Council to enable the five countries to join the Regional Protection Force (RPF) deployed in South Sudan.

They further said that it is up to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations to determine the nature and type of forces in coordination with the five States involved in the operation.

In a briefing to the UN Security Council last Friday 16 November, the head of UN peacekeeping department Jean-Pierre Lacroix set three benchmarks for IGAD forces to integrated into the UNMISS.

"The following principles would need to be applied: a continuing priority of protection of civilians in UNMISS’ mandated tasks; the need to preserve a single peacekeeping force with one unified command and control structure; and, that any addition to the force would have to be carried out consistent with the principles of peacekeeping and the standards to which we hold all troop and police-contributing countries," he stressed.

In a press conference held in Juba on Thursday 22 November, UNMISS head David Shearer recalled the need to have a single force with one unified command and control structure and the priority of protection of civilians

"We hope that they will keep in mind the capabilities and capacities of the total UNMISS force of 14,500 that is present across South Sudan which contributes to building a durable peace," he said.

In response to a question about the regional force, Shearer said there is a sizeable number of peacekeepers deployed in the country and if there is a need for more troops this additional force would be under the command of UNMISS chief.

"But, as I say, we’ve got a large number of troops here already and what we would like to do is to make sure that they are used efficiently in the work of building a durable peace," he stressed.

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  • 22 November 23:19, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar Teny has destroying South Sudan in many ways. The people have been suffering since his break away in 1991 to this moment. Now the countries around us wanted to gets something through attaching their interest with peace issue. Our resources are driven away because all these UNMISS and Africa forces mean that, we have to pays them for our resources. I wish Riek must go hell if God will.

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    • 22 November 23:43, by Proverbs

      Just shut up and cattle rustle. Before Riek, Kenyan "private secretaries" occupied government offices while looting the illiterate so-called ministers and generals. Stop finger pointing and lets address the fact that S.Sudanese don’t see themselves as a nation because of some stupid tribal pride

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      • 23 November 05:54, by Mayendit

        Mr. Proverbs
        We have to tell the truth about South Sudan’s problems and we must acknowledge the reality in there. The South Sudanese none education and none politicians need to be guide by the people who have gone high level of education like Riek Machar unfortunately, there is no sign for someone who had gone highly education and he thought about causing more and more problems for his greed.

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        • 23 November 07:00, by Games

          Mayendit
          You most likely that will goes to hell before Machar....The South Sudan problems is you Dinka, who wants to rule the country without developments. Try to eliminate others tribes from the government and you can rule the country for life. We better destroy it. and this is only options

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        • 23 November 07:51, by Midit Mitot

          Mayendit,

          Your fool and illiterate government time had gone already, if any one of you did not looted South Sudan resources for himself/herself by then ohhhhhh, you will be inshit.

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    • 23 November 07:46, by Malakal county Simon

      Mayendit/Slave

      Your narrow minded and empty skull, is the biggest problem here and not Dr Machar.... South Sudan instabilities, is beyond Dr Machar and has nothing to do with so called 91.... Empty thumb chest between the two largest tribes is the problem here, and that what going to make South Sudan a very unstable country for a long time if no compromise from both side!!

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      • 23 November 07:52, by Malakal county Simon

        Cont...

        Please think Deep and avoid thinking under tribalism line bcause it’s will not take us anywhere but surely, it’s can destroys a country like South Sudan if majority people’s, re listening to people’s like you...

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  • 23 November 07:02, by Games

    Two armies must be in the country. Tell the future election is being done

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  • 23 November 08:26, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan is going back to square one. The signed peace and its implementation processes are hijacked by foreigners for their own selfish interests and it seems in the processes more problems will be created so that no real peace return to South Sudan. The possibility of military clashes and return to war are increasing again. With SAF being here in South Sudan, expect the worst fellows.

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    • 23 November 09:34, by Eastern

      Did you just realise this...?! I thought you were signing from the hymn book of signed Khartoum peace agreement. We want peace, our people have suffered enough, blah, blah.....When have the foreigners hijacked the implementation of the slimy pack. Smell the coffee dude!

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      • 23 November 18:36, by Pakuai

        Eastern,
        This is just a propaganda, no one will welcome any rate from any country into our country again chap trust me. Just wait & see if the damn UNIMISS isn’t going to be blasted out of our country if they don’t prepare for their exit>>>

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        • 23 November 18:46, by Pakuai

          If some losers in IGAD countries think that they can be used by some cartels in the US,the UK, their gulf Arabs States paymasters & some shifty allies in be tween, they are going to be sorely disappointed. South Sudan is not their DR Congo where every trash on face of earth often poke nose into. A lot of bloody noses here in South Sudan chap>>>

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  • 23 November 08:30, by Lenin Bull

    SAF intelligent agents will either be training SPLA-IO, or masterminding more new rebellions, gathering information on government of South Sudan special on its strengths and weaknesses for either its own military use or for its proxies. Watch out patriotic compatriots.

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  • 23 November 08:37, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somali will be one front in support of SPLA-IO clandestinely aided by CIA/TROIKA where as Uganda will stand alone in support of the government. SPLA-IO is now reneging on the one army clause and further SPLA-IO is now pushing for the 3 region system.

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    • 23 November 19:13, by Pakuai

      Lenin Bull,
      Don’t you worry about the issues of three regions or ten States brother. Those are red lines. Only some traitors, thieves and foreign puppets like Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe & Uyai Deng Ajak dabble about three regions with their foreign sponsors. But the traitors, thieve & foreign puppets can be ignored>>>

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      • 23 November 19:23, by Pakuai

        Lenin Bull,
        I have seen how the Dinkas/Jiengs how Nuers are praised here on SUDAN TRIBUNE by our usual suspect & that the Dinkas/Jiengs destroyed South Sudan? Pagan Amuom was the head of SPLM, he failed to manage it well. But put his inflated ego before the SPLM & the country. Pagan Amuom stole US$ 30 millions, went sell our country to the UN & NGOs>>

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        • 23 November 19:39, by Pakuai

          Adwok Nyabe, Lam Akol, Riek Machar were the ones who stab the SPLM/A at the back during our genuine war of Independence & joined our arch enemy, the cloned so-called Arab North Sudan. And they were in the same so-called Dinka/Jieng tribal government. Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Uyai Deng Ajak, Gabriel Changson & others were in the same Salva Kiir government since 2005-2011 until they were sacke

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          • 23 November 19:48, by Pakuai

            for incompetent, insubordination and corruption. And now the losers are chirping like birds on the sidelines and foreign countries about regionalism of greater Upper Nile. Good luck the. For all l care, only some losers in the so-called Twice East would want to have anything to do with our me me nyantoc messy lifestyles and their Shilluks selfish & opportunist criminals but they are in the minorit

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            • 23 November 19:59, by Pakuai

              Here Jonglei state, no one wants to share a state with our lawless Nuers me nyantoc, Apadang, Ngok Lual Yak, Panaru, Maban, Burun and Anyuaks feel the same. Our Nuers ke nyantoc and Shilluks must first grow up. And if our so-called Twice East continue to play hard game. Then they would be allowed to to have their own state and join their Nuers & Shilluks>>>

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              • 23 November 20:10, by Pakuai

                And have their former greater Upper Nile. There are some limits on how aimless armed rebellion and treasonous behavior would always to be tolerated. What are traitors, thieves and foreign puppets like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol & others doing in Khartoum? What are Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe & Uyai Deng Ajak doing Nairobi & US?>>>

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                • 23 November 20:20, by Pakuai

                  According to these traitors, thieves and foreign puppets inverted way of thinking, l guess, they are doing the right thing for South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And it is the Dinkas/Jiengs fault. Some of these traitors have now realize the playing games about out about country and our peoples one’s selfish & inflated egos to rule South Sudan & the South Sudanese people at all costs isn’t be

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                  • 23 November 20:32, by Pakuai

                    being entertained by the South South Sudanese people. And this why the traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges are scared of their ’own shadows’ to venture back to South Sudan without their so-called UNIMISS & so-called ’regional protection force (RPF). Who would allow these foreign forces into our country again? Fellows, watch this space>>>

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  • 23 November 13:10, by EYE SEE

    Prophet Ngundeng said;
    ’’i will gather the nations in Nuer land in the name of Nuer’’
    ’’people with canine-teeth will captive my kuar/leader and kept him in other people land but still my kuar/leader would be more popular and they would return him home old"

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    • 23 November 18:56, by Pakuai

      Eye SEE,
      Go away with your Ngungdaeng superstitions idiot. You were crying for peace peace that people are suffering and here again you low lives are swooning for foreign forces to come & create yet another mess. What creatures are Nuers? South Sudanese fought for ages to extricate themselves from our cloned Arab North Sudan & here you low lives want to bring them back into our country>>>

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      • 23 November 19:03, by Pakuai

        Simply to come & fulfill your Ngundaeng magician fantasises? Good luck our Nuers me nyantoc with fantasies. But be warned, no more treating any traitor with kid gloves some of these days. Your messy lifestyles has gone too far and it must rein in fellows>>>

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        • 24 November 01:37, by Malakal county Simon

          Pakuay/slave

          Who are you to issued a threat against the Nuer nation??? Mony Bor, right? Keep in mine that this war of 91 revenge, is not over yet we must start with the drug addict people’s like you!! You must pay the price, or to avoid this imminent war, cross the river and simply joins your foolish majority.. The Nuers are faded up with Bor Peoples 91, blah, blah,blah

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          • 24 November 04:40, by Pakuai

            Malakal country Simon,
            Grow up little boy. Malakal is an Apadang Jaangs/Dinka’s country. We have killed your Riek Machar in Juba in 2016
            And we we will never ever allow the devil into our country a gain chap.Bomb El Khartoum if you losers damn can. And we are going to help you losers if you damn can. Our Nuers me nyantoc fools. I am the one who will help bomb your ’your e I am the one who will he

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  • 25 November 07:46, by Morthon Akol

    1600 troops from IGAD to be deployed to South Sudan to do what?

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