10th December 2019
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Kiir rejects intervention force

Author : Daniel Danis | Published: 3 years ago

President Salva Kiir says he rejects any deployment of regional or international troops into South Sudan.

On Monday, an extraordinary meeting of the IGAD Council of deliberated on whether to send an intervention force to South Sudan.

The Foreign Affairs ministers recommended the establishment of an intervention brigade of UNMISS, and the increase of troops from the region to Juba.

However, President Salva Kiir says there are enough foreign troops already in the country working as peacekeepers in the UN Mission in South Sudan.

“On the intervention force from anywhere…No. There are over 12,000 foreign troops here in South Sudan, what do you need more forces for, what will they come and do?,” he said.

“UNMISS has many foreign troops. So we will not accept even a single soldier, we will not accept that,” he said, referring to the UN mission in the country.

Some members of the UN Security Council had suggested this week that regional troops need to be deployed in order to act as a buffer between the forces of the SPLA and SPLA-IO and also provide security to civilians.

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