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South Sudan spokesman Michael Makuei

South Sudan Government Rejects UN Proposal To Send More Peacekeepers

JUBA – South Sudan on Wednesday rejected a U.S. proposal for the U.N. Security Council to send 4,000 additional troops / peacekeepers to the East African country to restore calm,[9] saying it “seriously undermines” its sovereignty and threatens a return to colonialism.[4]

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Government spokesman Michael Makuei said the proposal gives the U.N. the ability to govern.[1] The proposal also calls for a vote on an arms embargo on South Sudan if U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports within a month that authorities have blocked the regional force.[9]

The Security Council could vote Friday on the proposal,[7] which comes after a former U.S. special envoy suggested last month that the U.N. and African Union temporarily administer the country after fighting broke out once again.[8]

Seriously, we dont need other peacekeepers

South Sudan’s pushback comes as U.N. officials say the government has begun a crackdown that includes seizing dozens of passports of U.N. workers and imposing restrictions on travel and delivery of food aid.[3]

Deadly fighting in the capital, Juba,[5] last month raised fears of a renewed civil war after an August 2015 peace deal and worsened a humanitarian crisis.

Rebel leader and former first vice president Riek Machar fled during the fighting and says he will return only when regional peacekeepers secure the capital.[9] An East African political body, IGAD, last week said South Sudan had agreed to a regional force, but Makuei on Wednesday disagreed and said the government had not been consulted.[12]

Under the U.S. proposal,[8] the regional force would report to the U.N. force that numbers more than 12,000 peacekeepers but has been criticized for not acting to protect civilians.[10] The regional force would protect the airport and promote “safe and free movement” in and out of the capital.

“If South Sudan is turned into a U.N. protectorate, then this is not the end of the game but the beginning,” the government spokesman,[7] Makuei, said. “It will begin with South Sudan, but it will end up with all of us being turned into new colonies.”

The U.S. ambassador to South Sudan, Molly Phee,[1] said the U.S. proposal is “entirely in line with what IGAD requested, and South Sudan is a member of IGAD.”

South Sudan’s government has seized at least 86 passports of U.N.[1] workers and imposed other restrictions that are a “clear violation” of the U.N.’s operating agreement with the government, a spokeswoman for the U.N. mission, Yasmina Bouziane, told The Associated Press. South Sudan’s foreign minister, Deng Alor, has called it a temporary safety measure.[6]

The U.N. also has said the government has forbid it from traveling south of the capital.

In addition,[2] its World Food Program has had its flight clearances revoked for all food drops coming from neighboring Ethiopia, said a spokesman, George Fominyen. The U.N. has warned that millions in the country will face food shortage in the coming months.[10]

Source: Miami herald

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