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IGAD military leaders decide to assess South Sudan’s security situation

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IGAD chiefs of staff pose in a collective photo after a meeting held in Khartoum to discuss the RPF deployment in South Sudan on 22 Oct 2018 (photo SUNA)
October 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - In a meeting convened in Khartoum on Monday, the IGAD chiefs of staff discussed the deployment of the IGAG forces in South Sudan and decided to assess the needs on the ground before to take further steps.

In line with the outcome of the IGAD Summit of 12 September 2018 Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda will deploy troops within the framework of the 4,000-troop Regional Protection Force (RPF) that the Security Council decided to deploy in South Sudan in support of the 13,000 UNMISS force.

The meeting of the IGAD military leaders was attended by the chiefs of staff of Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, in addition to the Rwandan army chief of staff as his country is chairing the current session of the African Union. Also, the Sudanese Defence minister addressed the one-day meeting.

A statement released after the meeting said the participants discussed the expansion of the regional force and assessed the status and duties of Regional Protection Force in light of the situation in South Sudan,

The meeting decided to form "a joint working group headed by Sudan, composed of representatives from all the countries participating in the Regional Protection Force, to assess the status of the Regional Protection Force on the ground and to submit its report on 19 November 2018 to the next meeting of the chiefs of staff In Ethiopia," further said the statement.

In his speech, Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf pointed told the meeting that the situation in South Sudan impacts the whole regional security. He urged the South Sudanese parties to work together to maintain security and stability and to cooperate with the region to implement the outcomes of this meeting.

The South Sudanese army chief of staff, for his part, briefed the meeting on the overall security situation in his country.

Besides the protection of civilians, the IGAD troops will be tasked with the protection of the opposition leaders during the 30- month transitional period.

(ST)

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  • 23 October 2018 08:47, by Eastern

    This is hilarious.....Somalia, a failed state, is also being considered by IGAD, the donkey and cattle organisation to have boots in South Sudan! Who cursed South Sudan to be in East Africa?! IGAD, the Semetc dominated by does not bode well to the Africans...

    • 23 October 2018 10:15, by Pakuai

      Fellows, *Somalians, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians, Eritreans, our cloned so-called so-called and some of their creepy allies in between are going to be bombed to near extinction fellows, the owners are here>>>

    • 23 October 2018 10:50, by South South

      Eastern,

      If you have nothing to say then shut up. " IGAD, the Semetc dominated by does not bode well to the Africans...", what is that means? You calling for war, war is not like hunting for monkeys or rats, it means you will be killed and your home will be destroyed.

      • 23 October 2018 15:15, by Eastern

        South South,

        You jenge people don’t learn a thing! You don’t even realise that I AM ON LINE and as free as the moneys of the forest. This is not Kiir’s shithole, this is a free forum. You have the choice of reading what I write. Get a life you jenge!

        • 23 October 2018 16:37, by South South

          Eastern,
          If you talk about monkeys, I will keep away from you, but when you open your dirty mouth and say bad things about South Sudan, make sure that you will hear from me. You get it monkey?

          • 23 October 2018 16:45, by Eastern

            South South,

            Get concerened about the Armageddon that’s about to befall the jenge land. Get worried about what folks in Abyei have sleepless nights over not South Sudan either. Get this firmly in nutty brain, I am beyond your reach, you arsehole!

            • 23 October 2018 17:44, by South South

              Eastern,

              You have no business in South Sudan because you have chosen war over peace. I have very strong army behind me, you don’t. I have very strong government behind me, you don’t. I have very strong people behind me, you don’t, so who are you? Shit, maybe. You will come back to Juba with your head down one day. Get it straight from me.

              • 23 October 2018 19:54, by Eastern

                South South,

                I don’t remember a STRONG ARMY, the world over.....Not even the US is careless about such attribution! The jenge people certainly can’t be a strong people. Thank Museveni for doing your bidding. I don’t take lectures from morons...!

    • 23 October 2018 11:46, by Midit Mitot

      Bravo Bravo IGAD,
      South Sudan was expecting peace enforcement since date 15-16 Dec when Mathianyoor caring the genocide in the country.come on IGAD.

      • 23 October 2018 12:29, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        Real peace is coming to our country. Let’s work with IGAD to make sure that everything will go smoothly. Let’s put aside the past and focus on our future.

        • 23 October 2018 14:05, by Midit Mitot

          South South,
          We are all peace preachers brother, the past had already gone, this is time for peace building

          • 23 October 2018 15:47, by Malakal county Simon

            Midit mitot

            Dont break your legs yet brother, give it 6 months and see how thing are going!!



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