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African Union’s PSC backs IGAD force for South Sudan despite UN reluctance


African Union Peace and Security Council (file photo)

December 1 January 2019 (JUBA) - The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) backed the deployment of an IGAD force within the UN Mission in South Sudan despite the growing UN reservations over the force and its role in the peace process.

Following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement last September, former UN Special Envoy for South Sudan Nicholas Haysom strongly supported the deployment of IGAD forces in South Sudan within the UNMISS saying only the region can fill the remaining security gaps in the deal.

However, UNMISS and UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) gradually developed a number of reservations saying its role should fit with the mandate of the UN mission and if it is about protection of civilians they have already the needed force.

"Additional tasks that UNMISS could be asked to perform to support the peace process should not be at the operational or political cost of performing its protection functions," said DPKO chief Jean Pierre Lacroix in a briefing to the Security Council on 18 December 2018, objecting tacitly to the IGAD decision to deploy troops in South Sudan during the transitional period to protect the opposition leaders in return for their acceptance of the immediate unification of troops during the transitional period.

The IGAD proposal to deploy some 1700 troops in South Sudan was discussed in a meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union held on 20 and 24 December 2018, said a statement released on 31 December by the regional body.

The statement expressed the PSC’s support to the deployment of the IGAD force in South Sudan within the Regional Protection Force (RPF), pointing that its part of their joint efforts to find a durable solution to the peace process and security challenges facing South Sudan.

The "Council expresses its full support to the decision by IGAD to request the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to review both, the composition and the mandate of the RPF for South Sudan (....)," said the PSC.

The statement further pointed to " the need to create conducive conditions for the effective implementation of the (revitalized peace) Agreement".

Also, the Council requested "the Chairperson of the Commission to transmit the Communiqué to the African Members of the UN Security Council (A3), as well as to inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations for their respective appropriate action".

The IGAD force will be composed of four hundred ninety-nine (499) each from Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan, and ninety-nine (99) each from Somalia and Djibouti.

During his briefing of 18 September, Haysom who is now the UN Special Envoy For Somalia told the Security Council that the IGAD force will perform a follow-up job stressing that there are a number of gaps and unfinished issues in the peace agreement especially with regard to the security arrangements.

He asserted that the parties may have a different understanding on how the unification of forces will take place. He added that no agreement on the number of cantonment sites, where it will be established or who will be responsible for sustaining them.

So, the deployment of IGAD forces from Sudan and Uganda and later on from Djibouti and Somalia was perceived as a treatment of the security gap in the peace agreement, he explained.

The South African diplomat pointed out to the scepticism of the Troika countries, which includes two permanent members of the Security Council the US and UK, adding they have shown no appetite to fund the peace process in South Sudan.

Nonetheless, he add that "Such an engagement would allow this Council to engage on the security architecture including the provision of specialist VIP personnel as well as the geography of disengagement which would provide a more conducive environment for a peacekeeping intervention".


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  • 1 January 2019 21:11, by Eastern

    As long as it is the futile African problems require African solution madness, AU should seek funding for this project from African countries and that way, it would be seen walking the talk!

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    • 1 January 2019 22:31, by South South


      Africa has right to seek funding from anywhere in the world. Because you live in US, you don’t own north Africa, shut up.

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      • 1 January 2019 22:38, by jubaone

        South South
        And the world has every right to deny you this funding. Eh rayak ya wisik? Lick your own wounds ya jienge. Perhaps your short-legged chinese ducks will chip in some Yuan or ask your Moroccan god-father King Mohammed. He financed for you Ramciel, so you could go back and live dignified lives and not as worthless squatters and lazy fools in Juba.

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        • 2 January 2019 03:15, by Pakuai

          "Eh rayak ya wisik? Lick your own wounds ya jienge. Perhaps your short-legged chinese ducks will chip in some Yuan"
          Your desperation is showing brother. "Eh rayak ya wisik" Is that Juba Arabic or a new invented Arabic Mr. jubaone? ’wasak/dirt’ isn’t ’wisik’ chap. Are the Dinkas/Jenges dirts/wasak (waskanin)? There we go!>>>

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          • 2 January 2019 03:21, by Pakuai

            "Lick your own wounds ya jienge"
            What wounds, Has the Dinkas/Jenges asked the US, the UK or their UN any money? Absolutely not chap. That the ’short-legged Chinese’ would come and give us their yuans. Did anyone in South Sudan begs the Chinese to come & give South Sudanese people money? Or that Morocco would come & build our country? Mr. jubaone, where do you get all these nonsense from?>>>

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            • 2 January 2019 03:27, by Pakuai

              Mr. jubaone,
              Let me be honest with you chap. Your US used to be respected here in South Sudan. But the US, the UK & some of their creepy allies in between ANGLO-AMERICAN imperialist arrogant let their balls carried them away here in South Sudan. The US arrogant of taking every country on earth like it is her 51st state wasn’t going to work here in South Sudan trust us Mr. jubaone>>>

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              • 2 January 2019 03:32, by Pakuai

                The US, the UK, their UN, France & their israel attack dog ’regime change’ business often work for them in Middle East, West Africa, Central African countries, Southern African countries, South American countries, some Asian countries & even some Eastern European countries; but right here in South Sudan, that is not gonna happen under the sun chap>>>

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                • 2 January 2019 03:37, by Pakuai

                  Mr. jubaone,
                  I have always posted time & time again here on SUDAN TRIBUNE that right after country’s independence in 2011, Mr. Salva Kiir took almost all his entire cabinet ministers & other influential officials to Washington to go & solicited the US investors to come & invest in South Sudan that the war was considered over. And this good gesture was precisely because the US people are believed>>

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                  • 2 January 2019 03:44, by Pakuai

                    by the South Sudanese people to have stood with us during our trying times, lows & thin. And over other countries who also helped the South Sudanese people during trying times. But the US investors flatly turned down the government of Sudan & the South Sudanese people good gesture and said that "there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come in invest in them>>>

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                    • 2 January 2019 03:48, by Pakuai

                      " Fair enough, that was exact true then and up to this day, there are still no infrastructures in South Sudan to come in invest in them. And when the government of South Sudan asked the Chinese investors to come & invest in South Sudan & the Chinese investors agreed. The US went ballistic and wanted a ’regime change’ of Mr. Salva Kiir & his allies>>>

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                      • 2 January 2019 03:56, by Pakuai

                        Mr. Salva Kiir & his allies turned into ’RED CHINA’ overnight and deemed very dangerous to ’US & the European interests’ along the Nile & he & his allies "were going to removed’ to be removed from power at all costs & be replaced with their traitors like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol & Adwok Nyabe, their usual puppets/stooges and even their new recruits like Mr. Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot,>>>

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                        • 2 January 2019 04:02, by Pakuai

                          Rebecca Nyandeng and son, Mabior Rebecca Nyandeng and Mr. Thomas Cirillo. Mr. Thomas Cirillo was tapped on the shoulder lately though by his handlers from the US, the UK & their UN after Mr. Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion was utterly crushed. To steall money from the South Sudan’s army coffers and ran to Abesh (so-called ethiopia). All these traitors, thieves & foreign puppets/stooges>>>

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                          • 2 January 2019 04:09, by Pakuai

                            are considered by the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between as their allies that they can go & micro-manage in Washington, Wall Street, London, Brussels, Paris, UN’s New York building, Dubai, even Adis Ababa, Nairobi, Khartoum, Johannesburg, British virgin Islands, Panama, Bermuda, Cayman Islands or other shady countries that the evils in the US, the UK,>

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                            • 2 January 2019 04:18, by Pakuai

                              and most of their criminals in the UN and their NGOs & even our thieves like Mr. Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo & others go and hide their loots in. Mr. jubaone, no one is born with hatred & racism brother. These traits are just ’earn’ l went to US twice when I was studying in Canada 10 years ago. I have my direct relatives in the US. I may not even be allowed to go to US in future because>>>>

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                              • 2 January 2019 04:23, by Pakuai

                                I have been vocal & will continue to against anything the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their so-called israel attack dog, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arabs states’ paymasters stand for. In fact, the mighty is US has gone down. Only a fool still believes on these monsters cheap & dirty intrigues>>>

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                                • 2 January 2019 04:31, by Pakuai

                                  Mr. jubaone and Mr. Eastern, here is an overview of your US, the UK & their creepy allies in between business here in Africa. LIBERIA of all countries in West Africa that was named after the former slaves from Americas. Considered to have been LIBERATED from SLAVERY by the US & the UK & their country was NAMED LIBERIA & their capital CITY, MONROVIA, after US of A>>>

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                                  • 2 January 2019 04:39, by Pakuai

                                    president James Monroe, can you fellows understand what I am trying to tell you. Another country where the evil corporate America, the UK & their some of their creep allies in between have been playing game with is SIERRA LEONE (mountain lion), with its capital CITY, FREETOWN. These West African countries have been bleed dry by the corporate America, the UK & their creepy allies in between since>>

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                                    • 2 January 2019 04:45, by Pakuai

                                      the end of their slavery of West African people to this very day. Liberia is endowed with timber & rubber resources. Sierra Leone is also endowed with a lot of timber & diamond and other others resources. But guess what fellows, what do people in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea get in return from the US, the UK, their UN & some of their creep allies in between in return? Ebola virus>>>

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                                      • 2 January 2019 04:51, by Pakuai

                                        Mr. jubaone, we are way well ahead of the white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dogs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their cloned arabs of North Sudan. Mr. jubaone, the evil white Ameicans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies in between love affair with>>>

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                                        • 2 January 2019 04:58, by Pakuai

                                          our country & our people has too far. Mr.jubaone, we are the Ancient Egyptians, we have never been controlled by an evil on earth. The Ottomans were the ones who almost tried enslaved us. Be careful Mr. jubaone chap. The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan are "masters of long shot war fares" The Dinkas/Jenges can store/shelf ’a war(tong) be and bring it the war/tong back when they want to fight it>>>

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                                          • 2 January 2019 05:02, by Pakuai

                                            The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan are very racists than the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arabs states financiers and some of their creepy allies in between. Mr. jubaone chap, the evils have step on the wrong people feet, us.

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          • 2 January 2019 08:09, by Eastern


            The Juba Arabic Krio isn’t your Sudanese Arabic which is even barely understood in the neighbouring Egypt.....Take wisik as it is. In Juba dirt/crap is wasaka not even wasak!

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            • 4 January 2019 02:33, by Pakuai

              "your Sudanese Arabic which is even barely understood in the neighbouring Egypt"
              Just like Egyptians, Libyans or Yemenis Arabic is barely understood in Saudi Arabia you mean? Mr. Eastern are the greatest troll on earth chap. Or you mean an Irish English might be barely understood in England?>>>

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              • 4 January 2019 02:36, by Pakuai

                Or a Tanzanians Kiswhahili might be barely understood in Kenya?

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        • 2 January 2019 07:43, by Midit Mitot

          UN Mission must be wrong,

          The meaning of peace keeping is not only to protect civilian but also is to keep the two warring parties away not to attack each other, UN seem to be reluctant for sure.They are not fulfilling their mandate roles.

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    • 1 January 2019 22:33, by jubaone

      Precisely. IGAD/AU shouldn´t expect any other bodies to fund R-ARCSS. Further, it is incomprehensible how the jienge regime dished out U$16m for parliamentarians and still pledged some $1.4 billions as payback fees to Bashir for SS seceding from Sudan. SS is literally paying the jellaba for killing our people during 21 yrs war. That is the level of jienge insanity. And R-ARCISS?

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      • 2 January 2019 08:34, by Eastern


        I really don’t know what AU does with its peacekeeping roles....The mission in Somalia is funded by the Americans and the EU. The loudmouths in Africa like Museveni only send in foot soldiers they trained at home to be sustained with these funds. Where are the so-called leading economies of the continents BEFORE THE BEGIN TALKING ABOUT NEO COLONIALISM....?!

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    • 2 January 2019 06:10, by Midit Mitot

      UN Mission must be wrong,

      The meaning of peace keeping is not only to protect civilian but also is to keep the two warring parties away not to attack each other, UN seem to be reluctant for sure.They are not fulfilling their mandate roles.

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  • 1 January 2019 23:13, by nakhim


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  • 2 January 2019 01:35, by Kush Natives

    What’s wrong with the date, first of all, to begin with? The date is already disengaged me to comment on the article.

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