SOUTH SUDAN / RPF ARRIVAL

08-Aug-2017 00:02:41
First 120 soldiers of the Rwandan battalion of what will eventually be a 4000 troops-strong Regional Protection Force (RPF) have arrived in Juba, South Sudan. The RPF is deployed in order to bolster the capacity of the UN Mission in South Sudan to deter violence and protect civilians. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / RPF ARRIVAL
TRT: 02:41
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 8 AUGUST 2017JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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8 AUGUST 2017, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Pan right, armored vehicles of the Regional Protection Force from Rwanda
2. Various shots, troops working on vehicles
3. Wide shot, Shearer and RPF commanders looking at vehicles
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“A Nepalese High-Readiness company is already in place, and over 100 Bangladeshi engineers have arrived into the Mission area as well. The arrival of these contingents as well as the Rwandan Company of peacekeepers marks the beginning of the phased deployment of the RPF that will eventually number up to 4000 troops. The remaining Rwandan peacekeepers who are part of the main battalion will be arriving in the next few weeks – the paperwork is being processed by the South Sudan Government – and the arrival of Ethiopian troops is imminent.”
5. Various shots, Shearer looking at equipment
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“UNMISS is always and consistently assessing its priorities; having additional troops means we can carry out more tasks related to our mandate – to protect civilians and support the building of a durable peace. For example, it will enable us to put more patrols along insecure roads where there have been attacks on civilian convoys – such as on the Juba-Nimule and Juba-Bor road.”
7. Wide shot, Shearer inspecting vehicles of the RPF
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“The RPF troops I am sure you know - will be based in Juba and will operate if necessary, in the surrounding areas…as per the mandate authorized by the UN Security Council. It will carry out its functions in cooperation with the government as also expressed by the Security Council resolution.”

FILE - JANUARY 2017, KAJO-KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN

9. Tracking shot, troops on a road Patrol in Kajo-Keji
10. Tracking shot, peacekeeper with helmet atop an APC
11. Tracking shot, convoy on a road patrol
STORYLINE
The arrival of a UN regional force in South Sudan will enable the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS to free up additional peacekeepers to mount more “patrols along insecure roads,” the head of the Mission, David Shearer has said.

Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan was speaking in Juba following the arrival, over the weekend, of the first 120 soldiers of the Rwandan battalion of the Regional Protection Force (RPF).

The UN Security Council mandated a 4000-strong RPF to bolster the Mission’s capacity to deter violence and protect civilians in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

The 15-member Council authorized the force in the wake of the violence in Juba in July 2016.

Shearer said the arrival of these contingents “marks the beginning of the phased deployment of the RPF” in Juba.

According to Shearer, some 600 additional Rwandan peacekeepers will arrive in next few weeks.

The RPF troops will be based in Juba and will operate if necessary, in surrounding areas.

A number of attacks have taken place along those routes; in the latest five people were reportedly killed last week when a convoy was attacked by armed men near Moli village, a known trouble-spot on the Juba-Nimule road.

Expressing his condolences, Shearer said that “all our peacekeepers strive to be robust, nimble and proactive in our response,” though “fighting persists and insecurity for civilians remains a real challenge. “

The RPF is not a separate UN peacekeeping force and it will come under the command of the UNMISS Force Commander, Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda who will report to the Mission head, David Shearer.
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