4,000 strong regional force to be deployed in Juba 

Washington – A strong force of up to 4,000 is proposed to be deployed in Juba both as an intervention and protection force.

The United States has proposed the UN Security Council to approve a force of up to 4,000 to be deployed in Juba following the recent IGAD meeting outcome which allows deployment of the forces.

The forces will operate inside Juba city but will be reporting to UNMISS force commander.

The government initially objected to this move with president Kirr saying”we will never allow even a single soldier” to South Sudan.

Other government officials including the Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, propose in contrary that the current UN force be reduced as the government is able to protect civilians and maintain its national security.

The modalities of their operations will be worked out between UNMISS, South Sudan authorities and the troop contributing countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

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