Zindo Manasseh, a senior aide of former First Vice President Riek Machar says that while they welcome the decision by the South Sudan Government to accept the 4000 peace keepers, they equally expect to be consulted by the UN Security Council as stakeholders in the agreement for peace.
Zindo Manasseh, a senior aide of former First Vice President Riek Machar says that while they welcome the decision by the South Sudan government to accept the 4000 peace keepers, they equally expect to be consulted by the UN Security Council as stakeholders in the agreement for peace.
His comments come just a day after the South Sudan government consented to the deployment of the Security Council-mandated Regional Protection Force to Juba, where, over one and a half million people are displaced and over 700,000 have fled across borders as refugees.
South Sudan had initially held back on agreeing to the force saying it was a violation of sovereignty. But Martin Elia Lomuro, the Cabinet Affairs Minister in the Transitional Government of National Unity said they are now willing to work in a fresh spirit of cooperation to advance the interests of the South Sudanese people.
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It is hoped that the 4,000 troops will provide the stability to allow some people to return home.
But Zindo Manasseh says that the decision was single sided and did not put into consideration, the views and interests of the diverse forces in South Sudan. He adds that consulting all parties to the conflict is of paramount importance to the citizens of South Sudan because many of them still fault Salva Kiir for violating the peace agreement.
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The latest wave of fighting broke out in Juba on July 7 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former first Vice President Riek Machar.
Ambassador Samantha Power, one of the UN officials who have just concluded a mission to Juba is optimistic that the displaced people are more likely to go home once a regional protection force mandated is deployed. She adds that the conflict has ushered a huge surge in sexual violence against women.
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