By Jok Mayom
JUBA, 26 November 2016 [Gurtong]-Hon. Peter Bashir Bandy, the National Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said all the discussions that ensued between UNMISS and the technical working groups resulted with the full acceptance and immediate deployment of the forces in order to address security challenges facing the country.
“…..And we also want to take this opportunity also on behalf of the government to thank UNMISS and the UN for that matter, our region and international partners for their commitment and support and we hope that this decision by the government will really usher new street of cooperation so that we will be able to address the issue of security, the issue of peace and full implementation of the agreement” he said.
“I want to say that to the people of South Sudan that your government has decided in the best interest of peace and we are looking forward to really enhance our interaction and cooperation with the UN” said the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
UNMISS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG), Moustapha Soumaré said “With regards to Regional Protection Force (RPF) the government is recommending now that everything be put in place so that the RPF can be deployed as soon as possible.”
“It is also clear now that the government has taken strong decision on all issue related to the relation with UNMISS and in particular also the freedom of movement of UNMISS so that we can work together with the government in a coordinated way to implement all what is necessary to implement the resolution” said Moustapha.
Meanwhile, The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said it welcomes the decision taken on Friday by the Council of Ministers of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) on the issue of the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolution 2304 (2016).
Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, the National Minister for Cabinet Affairs communicated this decision to JMEC, UNMISS, regional and international partners stating that “all outstanding issues” related to the deployment had been resolved with the United Nations and that deployment of the RPF will commence with immediate effect.
The decision to move forward with immediate deployment of the RPF is critical to providing a secure and safe environment in Juba and creating an enabling environment for the implementation of the peace agreement.