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South Sudan peace partners agree to establish presidential protection force

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March 13, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan peace partners have agreed to set up a joint presidential protection force tasked with the protection of President Salva Kiir and his deputies during the transitional period.

Gen Lul Ruai Koang (ST photo)The protection of the opposition leaders was one of the thorny issues during the peace negotiations that hampered discussions on the security arrangements.

When the government insisted on the need to immediately reunify all the armed forces with the South Sudanese army after the signing of a peace agreement, the IGAD countries which mediate the talks went to propose troops to ensure the protection of the opposition leaders.

Reached by Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Maj. Gen Lul Ruai Koang, Director for Media & Press and SSPDF Spokesperson said the South Sudanese army, SSPDF, the SPLA-IO and forces South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) agreed to set-up a joint protection forces numbering around 7,00 soldiers.

The Joint Defence Board which commands over all the armed forces during the pre-transitional period agreed to form a 700-strong presidential protection force. The SSPDF will provide 350 soldiers while the SPLA-IO and the SSOA will contribute together with 350 troops.

"Their commanding officers will receive Induction Course at Rombur Police Academy on the suburbs of Juba," said Maj. Gen Koang before to stress that "Their main task will be the protection of the Presidency(President and his Deputies)".

Asked about the role of this protection force and the IGAD protection force that will be deployed within the framework of the UN Mission in South Sudan, he said there will be a coordination between the different parties when the regional force is deployed.

"I’m not yet aware of IGAD’s plans to send special Force to protect opposition Leaders. However, when such arrangements are at the implementation stage, SSPDF and other security organs will seat and coordinate activities," he stressed.

In December 2018, the African Union Peace and Security Council backed the deployment of 1695-troop IGAD force to South Sudan and request to the UN Security Council to integrate it in the UNMISS troops.

The UN chief Antonio Guterres five days ago expressed readiness to have the IGAD force within the UN forces in South Sudan and vowed to submit appropriate recommendations regarding possible adjustments of the UNMISS mandate, once a security arrangement has been reached.

(ST)

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  • 14 March 01:58, by Trouble

    Please vacate Juba if u don’t want no smoke this time is not 2016 & no more J1 dog fight gonna happen ever again what Dinkas & their government want whether peace or war they gonna get the results

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    • 14 March 08:31, by Midit Mitot

      Lul Ruai Kong,

      We had agreed to contribute 350 soldiers for protection forces but IGAD must bring their troops as well because we don,t trust your Juba government. As IO element, we will not be blind-fool again like what had happening in 2016, we know your tricky now.

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      • 14 March 17:22, by The Rhino

        Eastern,

        Good job!See,this Machar is done and finished!Had he only before all these skirmishes in Juba, trusted smart Equatorians who had him got safely channeled(barefooted)through the forest of Equatoria to DRCongo July 2016,and invested in consolidating momentum against Kiir and his tribal JCE clan,things could’ve taken a different trajectory by now.Machar only weaknesses are his attentions...

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        • 14 March 17:40, by The Rhino

          Eastern,

          ..to his immediate tribal Nuers.Like Kiir,so is Machar,all are the same,no difference at all.These two trolls make major state’s decisions based on tribal lines(circle/unit) but not on personal judgement,rationality or self confidence,NO!Riak Machar seriously undermined intelligent gatherings from our flaring,briliant Equatorians at the very crucial moment.I tell you Eastern by this.....

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          • 14 March 18:21, by The Rhino

            Eastern,

            ..far,had he this fugitive/prisoner Machar only used his persona,his wisdoms and inner callings to do things right accordingly,he would’ve done secured to be the happiest and proudest game changer on organized rebellion.This far,prisoner Machar would’ve guaranteed his precious time on joyfully(somewhere in South Sudan),writing down his memoire and smoking expensive cigars!

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    • 17 March 07:53, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      My dear president ask the court to review the case of Biar Ajak. This young man can be of use to this nation sometimes in the future. relese him out of respect for his humble dads. Hoth and Ajak Biar and also appoint him to ambassadorial position to represent our interests to the outside world.

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  • 14 March 02:08, by Trouble

    Stop lying to the innocent civilians that there’s peace in S Sudan this time everybody knows the tactics the government is playing to harm this peace agreement I urge the UN to deploy more than 100,000 UN peace keeping forces from neighboring countries to protect civilians & we the soldiers be left on the battle field to sort out our problems. This time the tables gon turn upside down

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  • 14 March 06:28, by Eastern

    The JCE Regime in Juba is once again cherrypicking the implementation of the pact when the dullard SPLM-IO is sleeping. Dr. Machar should have agreed that A PRISONER CANNOT NEGOTIATE...! Being shifted from a confinement in South Africa to Khartoum makes no differnce. The much-hyped join protection force is a farce..!

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    • 14 March 07:19, by Pakuai

      Trouble,
      as your name suggests, careful chap that is a pure cheap PROPAGANDA from SUDAN TRIBUNE losers. Not a single creep from any damn country on earth will again be welcomed into South Sudan, trust me idiot. Be it here from IGAD countries, the AU or anywhere else around the world or be Bantus, Nilotes, cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, evil White Americans, English people, their evil juus>

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      • 14 March 07:30, by Pakuai

        (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their gulf Arab states paymasters or some of their creepy allies in between on our watch chap. This is South Sudan and South Sudan is not DR Congo, a lot of bloody noses fools. It Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirrilo and other traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges think they will come and protected by foreign mercenaries against>>>>

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        • 14 March 07:41, by Pakuai

          South Sudanese people, then the traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges and foreign masters are delusional. The criminals can pretty much remain where they damn are. South Sudan and South Sudanese people will never ever miss them. By the way, these traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges are not South Sudan or South Sudanese endangered species---they are South Sudanese menaces to be>>>

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        • 14 March 14:00, by Midit Mitot

          Pakuai,

          I asked you go and see Dr for your psychotropic depression, did you go? if so, that would reduce your psychopath talk OK,

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    • 14 March 07:26, by jubaone

      Eastern
      Riek Machar now again under house arrest in Khartoum , his followers thrown out of their luxurious hotels (Dembesh opposite Juba Football Stadium) for outstanding debts not paid by the Kiirminal. Looks like our IOs will have to do something, perhaps join their relatives in Mangateen, Hai Referendum or 107. They are trapped.

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      • 14 March 11:37, by Midit Mitot

        Jubaone,

        Don,t rely on Radio-tamasju, the rooms were locked at Juba grand Hotel because of debt yes, but that,s not a big deal,I hope you are behind the news, we have reached as far as to form protection forces and yet talking of Dr house arrest, who told you?

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      • 14 March 12:36, by Midit Mitot

        Jubaone,

        Don,t rely on Radio-tamasju, the rooms were locked at Juba grand Hotel because of debt yes, but that,s not a big deal,I hope you are behind the news, we have reached as far as to form protection forces and yet talking of Dr Machar house arrest, who told you?

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      • 17 March 09:04, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Is there a reason why they have to accumulate debts in hotels? is this country not there land? They are suppose to go and live with their relatives to wait for peace financial incentives to be secured and later ask for reeimbestment benefits.

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    • 14 March 11:29, by South South

      Eastern,

      Peace in South Sudan is progressing very well as I can see. presidential protection force has been established. This is going to be one unit. Thomas Cirillo will join the peace soon, remember where you hear it first.

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      • 14 March 14:07, by Midit Mitot

        South South,
        Those who does,t believe this revitalized peace agreement will remain as ruminant forever.Dr Machar and President Kiir will not be confused again by those political ringers.

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        • 14 March 14:45, by Redeemer

          Midit Mitot
          NAS-TC is jetting in soon, just wait and you will hear this within less than a month time. Jubaone will die of heart attach I am sure

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          • 14 March 21:33, by jubaone

            Redeemer
            Guess what? If Gen Cirillo were a jienge, he would just agree to return without any preconditions like Aturjong, Malong (soon), Telar Deng etc..who are broke and financially bankrupt must meekly and submissively like stray dogs 🐶 return to Juba. Gen Cirillo can return, but we shall fight on: Kokora/federalism or death. Jienges can’t change that.

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            • 17 March 09:38, by Lotodo Awino Odug

              Cirillo will return to lick his vomits with the dogs that are following him. war of liberation is not like drinking kwete and having unprotected sex with HIV patients. They must come back or risk being clear out like ISIS in Irag.

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      • 14 March 18:38, by Eastern

        South South,

        Why does Eastern BOTHER you so much on this forum...?!

        Eastern Rock lives large!

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        • 14 March 19:58, by South South

          Eastern,

          You are not Eastern Rock, you are Eastern coward, we all know that about you. I was just trying to draw your attention to the fact that Cirillo will accept peace soon. He has nowhere to go. He has been cornered and he looks like an animal surrounding by hunters, that’s all what I want to tell you Eastern coward.

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        • 14 March 21:25, by jubaone

          Eastern
          Our jienge savages with little understanding are flattered by such bogus information. How can these pathetic "peace dealers" form a joint presidential force, when they haven’t even cantoned their forces yet? Protect who? No one knows about the presidency. Who will pay for them? All this is worthless jienge-nyagat plans that often don’t work.

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  • 14 March 14:52, by real Dinka

    Let preaches peace rather than spreading all this nonsense every now and then.

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  • 14 March 15:26, by Redeemer

    Jubaone, Eastern, Rhino and Trouble
    NAS-TC is squeezed to the neck and he has given up, he is joining Jieng government as you use to call it. Take the up struggle guys. News are loading, he has some few conditions which the JCE are going through

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    • 14 March 21:32, by Eastern

      Redeemer,

      Here’s the thing: a true liberator of South Sudanese is not one who has his eyes on the kitchen soup aka J1 in Juba. Atrue liberator sets out to liberate the country from tyranny for the BENEFIT OF POSTERITY...Thomas Cirilo may be cornered like Dr. Machar but make no mistake, the urge to liberate the country stays on!

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    • 14 March 23:41, by jubaone

      Redeemer
      Gen Cirillo fights, Malong’s SSUF is just a "paper tiger". Its a JCE outfit to give the impression jienges can fight. His ground forces, mostly street thugs and village savages were recruited as "nyors". Most have either been killed, crippled or ended as street beggars and night criminals in Juba. He must return, he has NO way out.

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      • 14 March 23:47, by jubaone

        Redeemer,
        Just state which battles has SSUF fought? In Equatoria, he is a wanted criminal, his forces have no chances to consolidate themselves. Outgunned, no food and ammunition supplies, no intelligence network, his SSUF are fucked up. He could do that in Aweil NEVER in Equatoria. Now he’s broke and jienges badly need him cos Riek is returning. 😭

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  • 18 March 04:56, by @you

    You guys are you for peace or for war?
    I saw some of you are still talking about,
    Dr.machar why?
    Let me tell you the truth here this time,
    Either a full peace agreement or full war,
    We are waiting for your choices guys!
    We have learned that you are working day and,
    Night to spoil this agreement but you will call,
    M7 of Uganda soon for help let me tell you!

    yala amshu numu luaythy majanin

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  • 18 March 13:21, by Kuol Madol

    There is a need for the creation of security for all South sudanese other than creating security to few individuals where lots of money will be spent in the expense of the citizens.

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