The SPLM-IO faction led by former vice president Riek Machar has welcomed the UN Security Council resolution to deploy 4,000 regional troops in South Sudan’s capital, a senior opposition official said.
James Gatdet Dak, Riek Machar’s spokesman, told Radio Tamazuj that the UN decision was in line with their demand to send a regional force to provide security in Juba after clashes erupted between the two warring parties last month.
The opposition official pointed out that the regional protection force will provide a safe atmosphere for South Sudan leaders to implement last August’s peace accord.
South Sudan’s government has decided to refer the UN Security Council resolution for the deployment of a strong regional protection force in the country to the cabinet and parliament for deliberation, according to the government’s spokesman.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Michael Makuei Lueth, Information Minister, announced that the consultative meeting resolved to refer the UN document to the cabinet and then to the parliament for further discussions.
“After lengthy deliberation on the document, it is clear that this document has some pros and cons” said Makuei.
“And as such, it is decided that this process should be taken to the executive and then to the parliament so that it becomes a public and a clear stand and position taken by the whole government “he added.
Makuei pointed out that the expanded consultative meeting was attended by ministers, deputy ministers, presidential advisers, chairpersons of commissions, and speakers of the two houses, as well as heads of the parliamentary committees.