U.S. Proposes U.N. Approve 4,000-strong Force For South Sudan’s Juba

By Michelle Nichols, UNITED NATIONS

 

USarmy_marine_sergeant_David_Ash_explains_combat_marksmanship_tactics_to_soldier_Uganda_army_001August 8, 2016(Nyamilepedia)  — The United States proposed on Sunday that the United Nations Security Council authorize a 4,000-strong force to ensure peace in South Sudan’s capital Juba and threaten to impose an arms embargo if the transitional government does not cooperate.

It circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member council, seen by Reuters, that would approve a regional protection force “to use all necessary means, including undertaking robust and active steps and engaging in direct operations where necessary,” to secure Juba and protect the airport and other key facilities.

The protection force would be part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, which has been on the ground since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011. The protection force chief would report to the UNMISS commander.

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The council will vote on whether to impose an arms embargo if U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports within a month of adoption of the draft resolution that South Sudan’s transitional government is obstructing deployment of the protection force.

Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters erupted in Juba for several days last month between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar, raising fears of a return to full-scale civil war in the world’s newest nation.

Hundreds of people were killed and the United Nations said government soldiers and security forces executed civilians and gang-raped women and girls during and after the outbreak of fighting. South Sudan rejected the accusations.

East African bloc IGAD said on Friday that South Sudan had agreed to the deployment of a regional force, which has been a key demand of Machar, who left Juba in the wake of the violence. Kiir has since appointed a new vice president.

The draft resolution “urges member states in the region to expedite contributions of rapidly deployable troops to ensure the full deployment of the Regional Protection Force as soon as possible.”

The draft text would extend the mandate for UNMISS until Dec. 15. The Security Council needs to adopt the draft by Friday, when the current UNMISS mandate expires.

South Sudan descended into civil war after Kiir first dismissed Machar as his deputy. They signed a peace deal in August 2015, but implementation was slow.

The Security Council has threatened for some 18 months to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan. The United States has overcome an initial reluctance, while Russia and China, who have been opposed to an arms embargo on the oil producing country, have signaled they now are willing to consider it.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bill Trott)

~ Reuters.

7 comments

  • Well done save those people were suffering indeed.

  • GatNor

    I am wondering when the exact date for invasion of South Sudan is set for.

  • Diss morele

    The only way to end the suffering in south Sudan.

  • Welcomes Big Brothers UN, TROIKA, IGAD & AU. NO TIME WASTE!!
    Thanks God.
    Dear Peace lovers, take this advice:
    ” When earthly moves, God in heavenly moves too.”
    God save SS.

  • May be South Sudan will be a center for political confusion especially US & African nations where the propoese their own ideas & approve but US & another partners need to be clear that protection forces & SPLA plus unmiss are capable for the security if there is no any other business . Stop fueling war again.

  • Sorry Mr king Kong , u quote wrong concept in yr mind US troops will not fight for yr Freedom but for invasion which would affect both of us if it is not a matter absent mind. By the way u coveted that our country could be over take by US but is impossible , so no hope for u.

  • If God with All SS whom are suffering now in all corners inside RoSS, who will be against venulnrable civilians.
    I, knew you matiop makol dut, you will never ever stand the heat of war if you don’t hire updf mercenaries to help you to stay in Juba. Peace will prevail & peace lovers’ will build SS, without yr filthy kiir, malong and m7. Tell me where did you win the war in the history of Sudan & SS. Intervention forces will alleviate SS masses suffering from your Gogrial’s chief cannibalism & his mobsters of JCE. All SS will not forgive them due to their criminal-run-amog in RoSS. God save SS.

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