South Sudan

Kiir Makes U-turn on Deployment of ‘Protection Force’ in South Sudan

South Sudan President Gen Salva Kiir has reconsidered his position on the deployment of a regional protection force in the country, viagra Chimp Corps report.

During a recent media briefing, pharmacy Kiir warned he would not allow “even a single solider” on South Sudan soil.

He said the UN force and SPLA are enough to guarantee peace and stability in the country.

Kiir would later fly to Kampala where he met with President Museveni for talks on bringing peace to the country.

It’s around that time that Dr Riek Machar refused to return from hiding hence the appointment of Gen Taban Deng Gai to replace the rebellious First Vice President.

Highly placed defence sources told ChimpReports on Thursday that Kiir was uncomfortable with a regional force being deployed in South Sudan when Machar was still the First Vice President.

On Monday, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) chairman, Festus Mogae met with President Kiir, as well as General Taban Deng and two SPLM/iO members in Juba.

Among the key points discussed during what officials described as a “productive meeting” with President Kiir was his “willingness to consider the deployment of a regional protection force in accordance with the recommendations of the IGAD Plus Summit and the Summit of African Union Leaders.”



JMEC also continues to make efforts to resume communications with Dr Riek Machar.

“Our only interest is to see a solution that promotes peace and a return to normality as well as security in South Sudan” said Chairman Mogae, emphasising that JMEC’s mandate demands that it remains balanced and impartial in all matters.

In light of these developments, the JMEC intends to resume meetings of its members in Juba as soon as is feasible.

There has been considerable debate in Juba as to whether recent developments are in line with the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

Machar maintains he is the legitimate First Vice President of South Sudan; a statement challenged by government and the leadership of the opposition

Mogae decided that, due to the complexity of the issues involved, “this is a matter that should be considered and deliberated upon by the JMEC members, both the South Sudanese and our International Partners.”

Mogae has as well consulted with regional leaders and international partners and met with the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the United Nations and other concerned parties to discuss the political impasse at this sensitive and difficult time for South Sudan.

On Tuesday, Chairman Mogae had further meetings with IGAD Chairperson and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desalegn, to discuss the latest developments and the way forward for South Sudan.

Over the next week the Chairman plans further high level discussions before making representations in front of the United Nations Security Council in August.

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