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South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest
WaPo ^ | July 20 at 12:55 PM | Jason Patinkin | AP

Posted on 07/20/2016 10:08:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The African Union this week called for a “regional protection force” to bolster a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the East African country and separate warring parties. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported reinforcing the mission.

The spokesman for South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar, now first vice president, says Machar has also called for a “third force” to secure the capital, Juba, after President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed his house during the fighting that raised fears of a return to civil war.

The spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said Machar fled Juba and will not return, despite Kiir’s invitation, until such an outside force is in place.

Hundreds marched Wednesday denouncing the intervention of foreign troops.

“If the international community continues to bring in all their alleged military in South Sudan, we will fight them whether they come by air or by road,” protest organizer Ajongo Ajongo said. “We will be malicious. South Sudan will become even worse place than Afghanistan. Let the peace come from us. Don’t impose things on us. It will be regrettable.”

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said that “any deployment of a foreign force that is not authorized by the political leadership is going to be resisted.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 201606; bankimoon; foreigntroops; kiir; machar; riekmachar; salvakiir; southsudan; sudan; troops; un

1 posted on 07/20/2016 10:08:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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I really felt sorry for the SOuth Sudanese when they were being persecuted by the Arabs in the north. But now it seems that that was NOTHING compared to what the south sudanese do to themselves.

2 posted on 07/20/2016 10:17:04 AM PDT by Cronos (Obama's dislike of Assad is not based on his brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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