South Sudan

Norway, Ethiopia Want Deterrent Force Deployed

click sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia met with his Norwegian counterpart, Børge Brende, in Addis Ababa ahead of the expected face to face meeting between South Sudan President Salvatore Kiir and his arch rival the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar at the end of this week.

The Ministers, whose countries have been instrumental in the peace process in the World’s youngest nation, called on the United Nations to immediately pass a resolution for the deployment of Deterrent and Protection Force (DPF) to secure the passage of the urgently needed humanitarian assistance as well as monitor the Cessation of Hostilities agreement.

“We call on UN to pass a resolution on deployment of Deterrence and Protection Force (PDF) in South Sudan soon,” Dr. Tedros said in a social media message.

Ethiopia has been hosting the peace talks between the government and the rebels since the end of December last year and is also expected to
host both Machar and Kiir on Friday.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has promised to mediate the talks.


Meanwhile, Norway is preparing to host the first ever humanitarian pledge conference for South Sudan this month to get assistance for at least 800,000 refugees in dire need of $1.2bn.

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