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South Sudan approves over $6 million to support military deployment in DRC

South Sudan’s cabinet approved on Friday approved $6, 689, 500  to support military deployment under the East African Standby Force in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

 “If you know very well in the last East African community conference it was decided that members of East African community should deploy forces in Congo, and we were given a battalion and our battalion was 750 and they are now undergoing training,” Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information and Broadcasting told Journalists after the weekly cabinet meeting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan on Friday.

In June 2022, East African Community heads of state during the third EAC heads of state conclave on Inter-Congolese dialogue, chaired by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that a regional force be immediately deployed to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The regional force will be deployed particularly in the North and South Kivu areas of the DRC as well as in Ituri province, which are in urgent need of peace and stability.

The EAC Heads of State also adopted the concept of operation, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), Rules of Engagement (ROE) and other legal and technical regulations to facilitate the operationalization of the regional force and its various operational arms.

The Heads of State instructed that the regional force should work in cooperation with the military and administrative forces of the DRC and also cooperate in the implementation of the disarmament and demobilization process.

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