IGAD Communique: Mandates of Regional Force To Be Deployed In South Sudan

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August 06, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——  As South Sudan conflict is deemed to be a threat to regional stability and economic growth, the East African Chiefs of Defense Staffs are doubling efforts to step foot in South Sudan to restore peace and security.

On July 29th, 2016 the East African Chiefs of Defense Staffs held a meeting on South Sudan conflict and came up with resolutions that are now adopted by the IGAD heads of states and governments.

During the IGAD Plus Heads of States meeting on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the bloc unanimously endorsed the deployment of “Juba Security Force” with the following mandates:

  1. Protection of civilians including the IDPs
  2. Protection of key installations.
  3. Cantonment of belligerent(hostile) forces outside Juba
  4. Secure and Protect Juba International Airport jointly with South Sudan authorities.
  5. Disarming any actors (armed groups) targeting civilians, peacekeepers and their premises/assets and humanitarian actors.
  6. Control the influx of IDPs into Juba to minimize incidents of confrontations among the ethnic groups.
  7. The use of UNMISS police to enhance the South Sudan Joint Integrated Police
  8. Determine the level of security details and weapons to be assigned  to key personalities and government dignitaries including senior military officers.

Although South Sudan has endorsed and accepted the communique, politicians in Juba are still studying the details of these resolutions.

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The summit directs the East African Chiefs of Defense Staffs to travel to Juba to do more assessment and expedite the deployment of the troops.

The East African Chiefs of Defense Staffs will invite the Chief of General Staffs for SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO to mediate the return to implementation of Chapter Two of the ARCISS with objectives of unification and integration of the forces.

The Force will be deployed under the UNMISS with a special force commander who will report directly to UNMISS overall commander to be based in Juba.

Other details, including the number of forces to be deployed, is left for further and urgent discussion with the United Nations towards reaching a speedy deployment of the forces.

IGAD Plus calls on the United Nations Security Council to urgently renew the mission of UNMISS with a revised mandate that includes the regional force deployment with mandates as outlined.

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