South Sudan

More UN Forces Won’t end Fighting in South Sudan-Official

Rev. Joseph Ayok Anei

By Muhammad Lule Kirwana

The Undersecretary in South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ambassador Rev. Joseph Ayok Anei has said that his government in principle, pilule welcomes the deployment of United Nations Protection Force in to the Country, so long as all the outstanding logistical and administrative concerns are cleared.

In a statement Anei said if the ‘where and how’ the force will be engaged are addressed, his country will welcome the force with open hands.

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He however said that increasing the force will not automatically result into better security and end of hostilities.

“With reference to the engagement of UN peace keeping forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda before the Genocide of 1994, and Somalia, increase of the force will not change the political situation on the ground,” Anei said.

He added that what the world should focus on is a South African Model of bringing a nation together after long and bitter internal divide in a ‘Rainbow’ Coalition Government Model, concurrent with having Truth and Reconciliation in a process that is encouraged and supported by the International Community.

“UNMISS and the international peace lovers are urged to support these indigenous efforts and models in that the young country, South Sudan is trying to embrace.  There are also numerous ways of averting man-made disasters in this nation in spending valuable time in politicizing and polarizing positive moves of the government to bring development to its rural communities,” Anei says.

He added that the  Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), is doing its best to bring about peace and much needed development in South Sudan, at a time when what he refers to as ‘spoilers’  are undoing what they  are trying to achieve.

“Therefore, the International Community is once again urged to cooperate, rather than always file cases against the elected government leaders in the country. I do not deny that fighting has taken place and people truly have died, property has been taken, even rape took place by criminal elements, especially during those critical four days when fighting was going on in July 2016.  But as the government brought the fighting to quick end, case by case of criminal activities have been dealt with in accordance to the laws of the land,” Anei said adding that civilians have been given back items, which were taken by criminals, at the SPLA General Headquarters, at the end of August 2016, and some SPLA officers have been arrested and are being Court Martialed for any crimes committed.

South Sudan descended back to chaos after forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar clashed in Juba in July forcing Machar to flee the country first to Congo where he was airlifted by the UN force in Congo but later relocated to Khartoum Sudan where over the weekend he declared a new resistance to President Kiir’s government.


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