Yakani hails withdrawal of SSPDF from DRC

Yakani hails withdrawal of SSPDF from DRC

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) welcomed the withdrawal of SSPDF from the Eastern African Peacekeeping Mission in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement obtained by The City Review, the Executive Director for the CEPO, Edmund Yakani, said the withdrawal of SSPDF is a positive response from the government of South Sudan owing to the deadline given by Kinshasa that passed on Friday.

“We are aware that the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is complex in the sense that some member states of the East African Community already have double standards of engagement of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where they have independent engagement with the conflicting parties in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” he said.  

He appreciated the parliament for calling back the SSPDF peacekeepers and urged the government to consider parliamentary procedures when contributing any forces or security to any peacekeeping mission.

“I hope that this could have undergone a parliamentary approval procedure where we ensured that we approved parliament for our forces to contribute to any peacekeeping mission,” he said, adding that the parliament has taken a bold decision to call for the withdrawal.

Last year, South Sudan sent 750 troops to join East African forces in bringing peace to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The troops were stationed in Goma to restore normalcy after the Congolese troops engaged the M23 rebel group.

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