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December 28, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s ambassador to Russia, Chol Deng Alak, on Friday sent condolences to families of the four Russian crew members of a UN helicopter accidentally shot down in Jonglei state by the South Sudan army (SPLA) on 21 December.

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Russian members of the UN Mission in South Sudan (RIA)

Reiterating the claim previously made by the SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer, Alak told Voice of Russia (VoR) that “there was no prior information from the UN about this plane being in the area.”

The SPLA initially denied responsibility for the attack on what the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described as a “clearly marked” helicopter.

Describing the incident as a “tragic accident,” Alak assured Russia of South Sudan’s continued friendship.

Ki-moon and the UN Security Council condemned the incident, demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) helicopter was allegedly carrying out a reconnaissance mission in the region where the SPLA have been in conflict with rebel forces loyal to ex-candidate to represent Gumuruk boma [district] of Jonglei’s Pibor county, David Yau Yau.

The Russian foreign ministry also urged the Government of South Sudan to investigate the incident, punish those responsible, and to take steps to prevent similar tragedies.

The remains of the four Russians reportedly arrived in Moscow on Thursday, nearly a week after the incident. On Monday, UNMISS officials in Juba organised a service in memory of the deceased.

Russia, early this week, said it would demand South Sudan to pay compensation for the families of the four pilots killed by the SPLA.

(ST)

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  • 29 December 2012 06:50, by George Bol

    The South regret the helicopter was for UN,but Russia need to know that Sudan paint their helicopter to resemble Un for their ill intention. SPLA has to shot it down because their was no report from the UN that their mission is in the area.Worst thing is that this helicopter was operating the rebel held position, why UN work there?

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    • 29 December 2012 07:05, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      The support of Russian with nyagat Riek Machar Pout Nyuon to the rebel is well documented by the people of south Sudan, the Riek pout Nyuon is running undercover government but we are monitor him days and night,
      If Riek pout Nyuon has not satisfy with conpircy, than we will decided what to do with him,
      Death to nyagaeen everywhere. I’m back,

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      • 29 December 2012 10:30, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

        This incident has nothing to do with our Vice President Riak Machar. Let us stop our South Sudanese money from going to Russia.
        How many South Sudanese have been killed by Russian weapons sold to Khartoum successive govts?
        NO COMPENSATION. UN WILL COMPENSATE THEM.
        USE our pounds in education and disability services.
        It is ok to send to pass our condolences to thier families.

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      • 29 December 2012 19:41, by nuer food lovers

        hee dinka bor nominated corruption.re u still a live,i thought u were flowed to panyigor along with Abraham Isahaia.for burial?plse u will soon flow,if u re not serious,u should stop calling Riek Machar Nyigaat,he is strong ally to cowboy mr kiir kuethpiny Nyol.bro ,be inform.

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  • 29 December 2012 08:40, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Dear Dinka dominated SPLA/M please try to correct ur comment any time any days u used the word nyageet, do u really know the meaning of the word nyagaat? It came from which country? and it originated from which language?
    If you don’t have agood Language come to us, we will give u some words from trusth Language that God created it clearly neither Amharic included nor English was added.

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  • 29 December 2012 09:01, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Hey peaple of S.Sudan did u heard it one day that Naath Nuer turn the back from Jiang at one day war during civil war?.I don’t think that, neither a hour nor minete.
    why the Gazzels/thiel preying for war alway?
    please just prey for peace in our country ya-slavers.
    the case for Russia crew killed or UN Helicopter it will lead u father/Salva to ICC becouse SPLA mean it to Killed the seal of UN is

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    • 29 December 2012 10:54, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

      This incident has nothing to do with our Vice President Riak Machar. Let us stop our South Sudanese money from going to Russia.
      How many South Sudanese have been killed by Russian weapons sold to Khartoum successive govts?
      NO COMPENSATION. UN WILL COMPENSATE THEM.
      USE our pounds in education and disability services.
      It is ok to send to pass our condolences to thier families.

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  • 29 December 2012 10:58, by Aarai Baka

    Hundred of thousand of Southern Sudanese have been killed by russian fighter jets n russian never sent any condolence to they family victims, were are head ROSS government?? Stop being pussy. No need of sending condolence to those russian pilots, their intend was to kills civilians in Jonglei.

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  • 30 December 2012 08:30, by pacoto

    commence is not for abuse,but words that could bring positive change,avoid it and learn how to be civilized the c’try is not for dinka and nuer.shooting a UN plane is a failure of the SPLA leadership.hw can u shot a clearly marked plane.this is sort of conservativeness.

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