Ethiopia’s Juba deployment alters regional dynamics
Saturday July 5 2014
Ethiopian soldiers in Barentu, Eritrea in this photo taken in 2000. Ninety have been deployed in South Sudan. Photo/FILE
Experts still see the deployment as a potential game changer as it places Ethiopia squarely at the centre of efforts to return peace to South Sudan.
Kenya and Rwanda are supposed to contribute troops for the mission but are yet to do so. The so-called Troika countries — the US, Norway and UK — who had promised to finance the force are yet to commit funding to the mission.
Ethiopia needs to play a neutral force and not be seen to side with Dr Machar, since Uganda has declared support for President Kiir and its troops are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army.