Boosting police facilities at Rajaf Police Training centre near Juba Photos: UNMISS/Isaac Billy
Boosting police facilities at Rajaf Police Training centre near Juba Photos: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

China has provided food assistance to South Sudan’s police force as part of Beijing’s efforts to support the peace process in the east African country.

The Chinese embassy in Juba said Saturday that it handed over food donations to the Ministry of Interior of South Sudan for the Joint Integrated Police (JIP) training.

The embassy said China is the first country to provide in-kind support for the police training program, which is part of a September 2018 peace deal aimed at ending more than five years of civil war in the world’s youngest nation.

The embassy did not reveal the type and quantity of food assistance it delivered to the Rajaf Police Academy, in the capital Juba on Friday.

“A well trained and disciplined national police force is critical for maintaining peace and stability in Juba and the nation at large,” the embassy said.

“In face of increased security challenges, it is vital to forge closer partnership and positive interaction between the police force and the local community, so as to reinforce public security and reduce people’s fear of violence,” it said.

“The police force is the public and the public is the police force,” said the embassy.

South Sudan descended into conflict in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir sacked his former deputy Riek Machar leading to fighting between soldiers loyal to both leaders.

The conflict killed tens of thousands and displaced millions both internally and externally.

A peace deal signed in 2015 collapsed after the outbreak of renewed violence in July 2016 forcing Machar to flee the capital.

Under the 2018 peace deal, Machar will take up one of the four vice presidency positions in the transitional government expected to be formed by Nov. 12. Enditem

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