South Sudan

South Sudan: Gen Deng Warns UN on Fresh Military Deployment

SPLA forces on the battle field (Photo: Gale Julius Dada/ChimpReports)

South Sudan’s vice-president has cautioned the United Nations General Assembly on the need to careful assess plans to deploy its 4, approved 000 more peacekeepers in the war-torn country.

“My Government position is that we have to engage more with the UN on the details pertaining to the implementation, sickness ” Gen Taban Deng Gai told the Assembly’s annual general debate.

He was referring to August’s Security Council resolution for an additional 4, pharmacy 000-strong regional protection force within the already 12,000-strong UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

“This is in order to avoid derailing national healing and reconciliation. External intervention often affects negatively internal reconciliation,” he warned, stressing that the tasks of the force can be advanced through “collaboration and cooperation” with the country’s Transitional Government of National Unity.

“At the moment, I can report to you with confidence that the situation in our country is stable, peaceful and that my government is functioning and life is returning back to normal,” he added.

But he warned that the effect of the conflict, coupled with the low global oil prices has put the economy under unprecedented fiscal stress, creating hardship for the general public.

UNMISS was set up in 2011 after South Sudan broke away from Sudan majorly to protect civilians when war broke out in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of then Vice-President Riek Machar.

In a fresh outbreak of violence in July around Juba, the capital, after a truce broke down, UN compounds and UNMISS-managed civilian protection sites were attacked.

A UN investigation accused security forces of killings and rapes, looting and destruction of property.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien reported after a visit in August that the humanitarian situation had deteriorated significantly, including in once relatively stable areas.

Since December 2013, over two million people have fled their homes. Some 1.6 million are displaced within South Sudan and more than 900,000 people have fled to neighboring countries.

Vice-President Gai also reported that in an “important milestone” South Sudan and Sudan, which had seen violent clashes on their border, were now moving quickly to normalizing their relations.

“There shall be no more harbouring of negative forces from both countries, Sudan and South Sudan,” he said.


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