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JUBA - 6 Sep 2016

South Sudan says no neighboring countries in regional force

South Sudan's government has rejected the deployment of regional troops from neighboring countries, according to a spokesperson for President Salva Kiir. 

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, Ateny Wek Ateny said the government agreed to the deployment of 4000 regional troops in South Sudan if important issues can be agreed on. It came after the United Nations Security Council visited South Sudan.

He said the Security Council accepted the request, claiming that neighboring countries have interests in South Sudan and are not neutral. Ateny described it as a diplomatic victory for the government.

Meanwhile, SPLM-IO spokesperson Manawa Peter Gatkuoth has welcomed the visit of the delegation of the UN Security Council and the consent of the government to the deployment of regional troops in South Sudan.