Troops arrive in South Sudan to enforce security

March 29, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Peter Louis

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) welcomed the arrival in Juba, South Sudan’s capital city, of thirty-nine SPLM/A (In Opposition) troops.

These forces are the first of the 1,370 SPLM/A (IO) troops required to return to the capital, in accordance with the JMEC plan for transitional security arrangements agreed on 23 February.

Speaking at the JMEC meeting on 24 March, the Chairperson, Festus Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana, observed: “The obstacles that have impeded the return of the 1,370 SPLA (IO) troops to Juba have been overcome. I echo what the Parties have themselves said: there are no remaining difficulties in the return of the First Vice President-designate and the formation of the new Transitional Government of National Unity.”

A series of flights by United Nations and charter aircraft will transport the remaining troops in the coming days. Multiple rotations of aircraft are planned until the movement is complete.

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter Louis

Peter Louis works as a freelance Videographer and Journalist in the Republic of South Sudan. He previously worked for Ebony TV, South Sudan Radio and South Sudan TV, Wau.

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