South Sudan has rejected a proposal by the United States for the UN Security Council to send 4,000 additional troops to the country, claiming it “seriously undermines” its sovereignty.
Michael Makuei, a government spokesman, said on Wednesday that the proposal that could be voted on Friday by the Security Council was giving the UN the ability to govern.
“If South Sudan is turned into a UN protectorate, then this is not the end of the game but the beginning,” Makuei said.
“It will begin with South Sudan, but it will end up with all of us being turned into new colonies.”
Under the US proposal, the force would be part of a 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, which has been on the ground since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, will on Monday next week address a transitional parliament of the new government formed per the August 2015 peace agreement with his former first deputy, Riek Machar, the new speaker and his office announced on Thursday.
The upcoming parliamentary address, according to presidential officials and parliament, will be an opportunity for the president and his two deputies to unveil plans about how they could collaboratively work and move ahead together with the implementation of the peace agreement and whether or not they will stick to key provisions in the deal, specifically those related to the security and governance matters.