Regional protection force quits Juba, camps in Yei

South Sudan agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated force in Juba

The United Nations-authorised regional protection force has moved out of the Juba International Airport and returned to its base on Yei road, a spokesman for the presidency said.

South Sudan government said recently that the regional protection force had attempted to control the Juba airport without any agreement.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Radio Tamazuj Friday that the RPF had already moved to its designated base at Jebel area since 22 August.

He said the government of South Sudan has resumed its cooperation and coordination with the United Nations after the redeployment of the RPF.

Ateny denied reports that President Kiir had ordered the army not to cooperate with the regional protection force.

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The UN chief in South Sudan, David Shearer, said recently that the regional protection force was not deployed to control the main airport and key installations, but to protect civilians in the capital.

The 4,000 regional protection force was authorized by the UN Security Council to secure Juba after cashes resumed in July last year.

Observer urges coalition government to cooperate

A South Sudanese observer has urged the coalition government in the capital Juba to cooperate with the United Nations-authorized regional protection force.

A row broke out recently between South Sudan government and the United Nations, the government said the mandate giving the Regional Protection Forces (RPF) control of its airport was a breach of national sovereignty.

The first batch of RPF forces from Rwanda arrived in Juba earlier this month.

In August 2016, the UN Security Council had authorized the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to protect key installations in Juba after fighting resumed in July 2016.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj in an interview on Wednesday, Dr. James Okuk, a renowned political analyst and political science lecturer at the University of Juba said the recent row between the government and the United Nations was due to lack of clarity.

He further said the UN Security Council has not clarified how the regional protection force will be operating In Juba.

The political analyst has urged the UN mission in South Sudan and the unity government to work together.

Okuk pointed out that lack of cooperation could lead to further tensions in the country, adding that any discussion about South Sudan’s sovereignty now is meaningless.

He stressed that the government of South Sudan cannot modify the UN Security Council resolution. “If Juba needs to adjust the resolution, it will require diplomatic efforts with New York,” he said.

Source: Radio Tamazuj



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