ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Defence Forces have confirmed that the government of Addis Ababa is amassing forces of 2000 soldiers supported by 4 fighter jets and over 35 tanks are set to be deployed in the war torn South Sudan as early as March next year to provide security and maintain stability around Juba, Paloch Oilfields (Upper Nile State) and Bentiu (Unity State).
Major General Yohannes Woldegiorgis Tesfay, one of the expected generals to be deployed to the war-ravaged South Sudan has told The Upper Nile Times that the forces will act alone and not as part of the Ethiopian troops already deployed there as part of the UNMISS forces.
“No no. This contingent of forces will be deployed as part of IGAD to maintain security in most volatile areas of South Sudan. its not a part of UN forces. We are requested by IGAD to contribute forces just like the other countries in the region. So the government and the army are looking about deploying this forces by March.” – Maj Gen Yohannes said.