External Intervention Could Affect South Sudan Reconciliation –Deng

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South Sudan is recovering from almost three years of internal conflict which has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and forced some 2.6 million to flee their homes.

Reconciliation between former foes in South Sudan could be negatively affected by external intervention, the First Vice President of the African country has said at the United Nations in New York.

Taban Deng was addressing world leaders in the annual debate of the UN General Assembly. He observed that the South Sudan government has to engage more with the UN on the proposed deployment of a regional protection force to aid with security in the capital, Juba.

This, he says, is to avoid delaying national healing and reconciliation.

"This is in order to avoid derailing national healing and reconciliation. External intervention often affects negatively internal reconciliation," he said, 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.

South Sudan is recovering from almost three years of internal conflict which has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and forced some 2.6 million to flee their homes.  Over 1 million of these sought refuge in neighboring countries which include among others, Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

The conflict was caused by fighting between forces loyal to the former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir.

In August, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution which approves a 4,000-strong regional protection force to aid with security in the capital, Juba. That would bring the number of peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, to around 17,000.
 
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The humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains precarious. 

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.

Taban Deng 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.

According to the UN, over five million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2016.