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Intervention Force Holds Hope for South Sudan – Activists

The Executive Director of the South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy Biel Boutros Biel says that many South Sudan nationals are counting on the deployment of an intervention force to control forces loyal to the two leaders, President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

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The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) has welcomed a proposal for an intervention force deployed in Juba saying it is the only hope for the population in the volatile country.

The advocacy group Executive Director Biel Boutros Biel, says that many South Sudan nationals are now counting on the deployment of an intervention force to control forces loyal to the two leaders, President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

Biel was speaking during a dialogue on alternatives for fostering inclusive state and peace building and sustainable peace in South Sudan. The dialogue, held at Makerere University last evening, was organized by University Forum on Governance and Konrad Adenuer Stiftung.

He says an intervention force would establish a neutral ground and encourage the resumption of the implementation of a peace treaty signed earlier.

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He also emphasized that the intervention force should be independent and not from any of the countries with interests in South Sudan.

Lueth Marial, a student at Makerere University states that although many people wish for peace, the warring parties have continued to make the situation alarming by resisting implementing the peace agreement.

He says that many South Sudan nationals still live in fear that another war might explode if the young nation is not helped by the world.

Thomas Tayebwa, the Member of Parliament for Ruhindi North who also sits on the committee of Uganda-South Sudan traders, says that South Sudan nationals should be empowered to hold their leaders accountable. He says that as it stands, not many south Sudanese know the extent of the violations or their rights and not so many of them have been empowered to take their stand.

He says it is not good to exclude the people who fought to liberate south Sudan in negotiations. He says the deployment may interfere with sovereignty of South Sudan.

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Fighting broke out on July 7, between forces loyal to Salva Kiir and his First vice president Riek Machar, leading to the displacement of 1.6 million people. The UN security recently approved the deployment of an additional 4000 UN peace keeping force that would use any means necessary to keep peace in the capital.

Although South Sudan Government had warned that the deployment would be termed as an invasion into South Sudan, it later agreed on the deployment.