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South Sudan’s Kiir rejects deployment of extra troops in Juba

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July 14, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir said his government "will not accept a single soldier" to back peacekeepers as demanded by regional leaders and the United Nations.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

Addressing reporters on Thursday for the first time since violence engulfed the country’s capital, Juba last week, Kiir said his country already has thousands of foreign troops at UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as peacekeepers.

"No. We will not accept even a single soldier," stressed the president.

"There are over 12,000 foreign troops here in South Sudan," he added, in reference to peacekeepers working for the UN mission.

The South Sudanese leader questioned the necessity of more troops.

"What do you need more forces for? What will they come and do? The UNMISS here has so many foreign troops. So we will not accept even a single soldier. We will not accept that," Kiir added.

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers met in Kenya and Monday and resolved that there was need for extra troops to back the UN mission in the young nation.

This also followed a request by UN Security Council to peacekeepers contributing nations to prepare their troops for possible deployment for South Sudan mission.

Last week, fighting broke out in Juba between forces loyal to President Kiir and the armed opposition faction led by first vice President Machar, resulting into death of hundreds of soldiers and civilians and forced Machar out of Juba after his base was overrun.

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  • 14 July 2016 21:53, by lino

    Move all SPLA IG&IO out of Juba and other cities and deploy them at boarder check points. South Sudanese citizens don’t need you anymore!!!
    Let neutral forces protect Civilians in the cities and you go fight with Bashir for an settled issues.

  • 14 July 2016 23:55, by Mr Point

    When Kiir draws a RED LINE that can not be negotiated ... you know he’s going to completely surrender the position in a month.
    He did it before.
    He will do it again.
    He will do it this time.
    The IGAD and UNMISS troops will start arriving in August.

  • 15 July 2016 00:13, by Nyesi Ta

    Kiir al Awiir may order the shooting down of any UN plane taking extra troops into sovereign South Sudan to protect civilians.

  • 15 July 2016 02:09, by Mr Point

    "Sovereign" South Sudan is bankrupt and diplomatically isolated.

    What’s the next step in Kiir’s project to create a new Somalia?

  • 15 July 2016 09:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Is it a surprise to say Salva Kiir the said Joshua of South Sudan as a member of murderous club of past leaders of Africa? I doubt if the actions of this leader is different from the previous actions of Bokassa of Central Africa Republic, Hissen Habre of Chad, Idi Amin of Uganda and Mobutu of Zaire( Congo Kinshasa). This is the worst human being similar to Adolf Hitler.

  • 15 July 2016 13:22, by barbayo

    Even a single one soldier not accept , that is good



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