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UN NOT FOR Regime Change-Taban Deng Gai

By Nichola Dominic Mandil

The First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has assured the people of South Sudan that the presence of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is not for regime change.

The First Vice President made this statement in New York after his meeting with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sideline of the 72nd General Assembly of the world body.

Gai’s meeting with Guterres was to discuss ways of how to end the conflict and bring lasting peace to South Sudan.

In a statement to the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) Television in New York on Monday night, Gai said, the UN Boss assured him that the presence of UNMISS and the Regional Protection Force (RPF) in the country was meant to help the government achieve peace and development.

“The main area of our discussion was that we must have total peace this year in our country the Republic of South Sudan so that our people can return to their homes, so that refugees return to their villages,” Gai said.

He disclosed that in his meeting with the Secretary-General, they discussed how the Government should cooperate with UN agencies especially, “UNMISS.”

“The UN Secretary-General said that their intention was to help the Government to have peace in the country, that they have no ‘ill-intention’ whatsoever and have no agenda of regime change,” Gai disclosed.

He said Guterres appealed to the government to cooperate fully with all the UN agencies, UNMISS and the RPF. He revealed that the UN Secretary-General pledged support to help any government activity that could help the people resettle in their villages, and the governments achieve peace.

Gai also said the people of South Sudan had been given another chance by the universal family of nations (the United Nations) to make peace  in the country, adding that most governments from; United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, India, China had all renewed their pledges to come back to South Sudan and help rebuild the country.

The First Vice President added that for all these to happen and for lasting peace to be achieved, the people must denounce what he called “any voices of violence” and any voices that “encourage the existence of parallel armies.”

He also said the rampant insecurity in the country was in his own words due to the presence of parallel armies.

“The lack of security that we are witnessing in the country is because there are so many “C-and-Cs” (Commanders-In-Chiefs) in the country. We must have one Commander-In-Chief, who is the President of the Republic and we must have one army,” Mr. Gai asserted.

He said the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) is going to ensure that all the forces must be cantoned so that they are left over to the general headquarters of the army (SPLA) for the Commander of Defense Forces (CDF) to organise the forces.

The First Vice President added that there was urgent need for the cantonment of forces for them to be trained and disciplined to enable the country to have one ‘disciplined national army’. “We cannot have many parallel armies, this cannot be allowed,” Mr. Gai cautioned.

Mr. Gai concluded his statement by saying that 2017 will be the year of peace in the country.

The First Vice President led a high-level ministerial delegation to New York to represent the country at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, which concluded on Friday 22nd September, 2017.

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