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S. Sudan against deployment of peacekeepers without Juba’s approval


September 28, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan does not support the move to increase the numbers of United Nations troops in the young nation, the foreign affairs spokesperson said, a day after Britain hinted on deploying 370 soldiers to the war-torn country.

South Sudan’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Mawien Makol (Photo: Citizen News)

Mawien Makol Arik, the South Sudanese foreign affairs ministry official, said government should fully be involved in negotiations for the deployment of extra peacekeepers in the country.

“We are not for the increment of the troops of the UN in south Sudan,” said Arik.

“The government is so sceptical about the increasing size of the troops because the country has already signed peace,” he added, referring to the long-awaited peace agreement signed last month to end the 20-months of conflict in the young nation.

The British Prime Minister David Cameroon told reporters that Britain would send 370 soldiers to help train and advise the12,000 strong peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

“Ditto in South Sudan. If we can, as peacekeepers, help to maintain a level of decency to enable development in that country, there will again be less poverty, less migration, less issues that affect us back home,” Cameroon told Sky News television Sunday.

The United Kingdom will send troops to Somalia, another conflict ridden African nation.

South Sudan says sending more foreign troops must be made with the consent of Juba.

“We do not need protection but what we need is the building capacity of our people and we are very much concerned with size increase of the troops,” stressed the top diplomat.

“We just need UN to facilitate the capacity of our SPLA [Sudan Peoples Liberation Army] soldiers and capacity of people that are concerned with provision of security,” he added.

Arik said the move to deploy peace keepers into South Sudan should not be decided by others.

The UN troops in South Sudan are charged to provide protection to civilians facing imminent threat from violence. At least 200,000 civilians are at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites across the country having fled their homes following deadly clashes between the country’s warring factions. An agreement to end the conflict was signed last month and a Transitional Government of National Unity is expected to be in place later this year.


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  • 29 September 2015 11:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The aim of sending more foreign troops to South Sudan, is an agreement between rebels and international concerned and that should need government of the country to verify it, otherwise government can rejected it simply.

  • 29 September 2015 12:02, by Mr Point

    There would be no need for foreign peacekeepers if the government would provide peace, security and services to the citizens.

    But it doesn’t.

  • 29 September 2015 13:31, by Bentiu Sudan

    Because Kiir is mentally distorted and the Dinka Council of Elders are mentally disable and lacking wisdom, that is why the world is sending it peacekeepers to rescues civilians being killed by Dinka Council of resources looters. The world wise leaders are now on the brink of teaching the world most tribalist and idiot president of South Sudan.

  • 29 September 2015 15:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Strong countries like UK and USA should contribute in peace making in South Sudan because as it stands most of present members of organised forces are incapable of doing their job diligently and must be discarded for a multi-ethnic force that respects the country and its people from east to west and from north to south.

  • 29 September 2015 17:41, by Black Africa

    Only the Dinkas and Jenge Council of Salva and Malong doesn’t want UN peacekeeping because it is not for thiers interest.

  • 29 September 2015 18:32, by Hardlinner

    it is simple Guys. if foreign countries send their troops to south sudan without consent of the government, just allow local militias to deal with them period.

    • 29 September 2015 19:25, by Bentiu Sudan

      Please stop spreading white liars in the media. There is no government in South Sudan, but there is ony a collection of gangs and natural resources looters. like Jang council of gangs.

  • 30 September 2015 06:53, by allan

    U mutherfucker don’t know what you guys talking about here’s untroops are not coming for protection they are coming for resources like what happened to Iran

    • 30 September 2015 11:30, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      Your supporters are as well looting our resources. Can they account for more than five billion dollars lost from petroleum resources? They loot while killing us. Those foreigners do not kill us and what is got from our resources is shared between us and them a lesson to you ya Jena haram.

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