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Somalia to deploy peacekeeping troops to South Sudan

By The East African , South Sudan
Somali PM Hassan Ali Khaire greets soldiers graduated from UAE training courses in Mogadishu [File Photo]

ADDIS ABABA - The Regional bloc IGAD has mandated Somalia and Djibouti to deploy troops to South Sudan to safeguard the security and the implementation of the peace agreement.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in a statement to the media on Monday afternoon, said Somalia and Djibouti have been endorsed by the regional bloc to be among the South Sudan peace guarantors.

The endorsement was made during the Igad Extra-Ordinary Summit held in Addis Ababa on September 12.

It's mandate

“IGAD shall request the UN Security Council to review its mandate on the deployment of the regional protection force to South Sudan and allow Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, and Somalia as guarantors, to contribute forces to enhance the protection and security,” the Igad statement reads.

“The Summit resolves that Igad shall engage the UN Security Council to ensure that the Regional Protection Force (RPF) is fully deployed to execute its mandate in accordance with the UNSC Resolutions 2304/16 and 2406/18.”

The statement added that the outcome of the Summit further mandated the Igad chiefs of staff to assess the operational needs and elaborate the tasks of the RPF in light of the current situation in South Sudan, as a basis for a securing endorsement from the African Union Peace Security Council and the UNSC.

Fragile states

It further stated that the regional bloc was committed to stand in solidarity with the people of South Sudan and their leaders in their endeavor to attain peace, stability, and economic progress.

Additionally, IGAD called upon the government and the opposition groups in the war-torn country to prioritize the implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access.

Somalia is one of the most fragile states in the region and tops the list of security worst-hit countries on the continent. Its security has been mostly guaranteed by the African Union peacekeepers deployed by Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi.