The gov’t of President Kiir, FVP Taban Deng and VP James Wani has accepted the deployment of the 4,000 regional protection force, as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan. The announcement was made in a joint communique read out by the Cabinet affairs Minister, Martin Elia Lomuro, and US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, at the end of a meeting between President Salva Kiir and the UN Security council delegation.
Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power and Minister Martin Elia Lomoro at a Joint Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Meeting with the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity
Juba, South Sudan
September 3, 2016
MINISTER LOMORO: Ladies and gentlemen of the press. Thank you for being with us this very important day. We have just concluded a meeting between the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity and a delegation from the United Nations Security Council, led by Her Excellency Samantha Power, who’s a friend of South Sudan. We had a very, very good discussion. Very wide-ranging discussions.
We briefed the United Nations Security Council on the current political situation in the Republic of South Sudan. We gave them an overview of progress in the implementation of the agreement. We also outlined the chronology of the events that took place between the 7th and the 11th, and raised some concerns with regards to issues of relevance to this particular visit.
We heard from the members of the Security Council from various countries – very useful comments about the implementation of the agreement and the need for us to move expeditiously so that they can see us moving. The need for us to create partnership with UNMISS and that the protection force that is being proposed is there to help us rather than to come and invade the Republic of South Sudan. And based on our own actions and how we plan it together with UNMISS, that force could be helpful to us in improving our security situation and giving more life to the people of the Republic of South Sudan.