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UNSC condemns killing of peacekeepers, civilians in S. Sudan

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April 9, 2012 (JUBA/BOR) – Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have condemned in the “strongest” terms the 9 April attack by unidentified armed persons on a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) convoy in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

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At least five Indian peacekeepers, two UNMISS staff and five civilians were reportedly killed Tuesday near Gumuruk settlement in Jonglei’s Pibor County. Some UN staff, the mission said, remained unaccounted for.

The Security Council, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers and the UNMISS staff killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of India.

Members of the UNSC urged South Sudan government to “swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,” further reiterated their full support for UNMISS and the troop contributing countries, but called on all parties in new nation to cooperate with the mission.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General equally condemned in the killing of the peacekeepers, UNMISS staff and civilians, and urged the Government of South Sudan to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

According to Ki-moon, killing of peacekeepers is a “war crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court”.

“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the Governments of India and South Sudan and to the families of the peacekeepers, staff members and contractors killed in the attack,” the statement reads in part.

Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, said the "attack will not deter UNMISS and its peacekeepers from working to protect vulnerable communities in South Sudan", adding that her mission “is determined to continue its work in supporting authorities ensure peace.”

The mission, a day before the attack, warned of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Jonglei, the country’s largest.

Dlamini Zuma, the African Union Chairperson also strongly condemned the "criminal" and "cowardly" attack, extending the regional body’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, their respective countries, UNMISS and the UN secretariat.

"The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU’s deep appreciation of the outstanding work being done by UNMISS. She encourages the mission to persevere in its efforts, despite the very challenging environment in which it is operating," partly reads the statement it issued on Wednesday.

Gumuruk is located in Jonglei state’s volatile Pibor area, where rebels have been fighting the government on and off since 2010 when David Yauyau lost his bid to become a member of the state’s parliament, representing the Gumuruk constituency.

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The area has also been blighted by cattle raids between the Murle tribe of Pibor County and other ethnic groups in Jonglei state.

The poor security situation means that UNMISS peacekeepers frequently patrol the area as part of their Chapter VII mandate from the UN Security Council - granted shortly after the country’s secession from Sudan in July 2011 - to protect South Sudanese civilians.

UNMISS’s patrols also aim to protect the many humanitarian aid convoys that operate in Jonglei to provide assistance those affected by the fighting between the rebels and the South Sudanese army (SPLA), which has been carrying out a disarmament campaign in the area for over a year.

The SPLA’s spokesperson, Philip Aguer, said on Tuesday that the military was not responsible for the attack, stressing the army knows very well that the UN mission is in the country with a mandate that provides support to the government.

Aguer did not, however, provide any figures of those involved in the incident, saying his office was still waiting for details from the scene of the attack.

"Our forces in Jonglei have managed to restore the situation. It is now under control. It is duty of the government to bring peace so that the country enjoys stability and will put to an end these criminal activities. The SPLA is capable of handling it", he told reporters in Juba, Tuesday.

In December last year the SPLA shot down an UNMISS helicopter in Pibor mistaking it for a Sudanese army aircraft, killing its four Russian crew members. South Sudan alleges that Khartoum is backing Yauyau’s rebellion by supplying him with weapons and ammunition, an allegation denied by the north.

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  • 10 April 2013 10:17, by LL Reuben

    The "peacekeepers" were killed probably by their frineds in business, the Yir Yir gangs who are destablizing Jonglei and South Sudan. Now you want the government of South Sudan to do something about it and later term it as an abuse of civilians by SPLA. Democracy is an evil deed and complete failure!

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    • 10 April 2013 10:45, by Wunditda

      The Government in Juba must find out the person responsible for the killing of UN Peacekeepers, UNMISS staff and civilians. If Kiir don’t do this, he has to be held responsible for all these deaths and face the justice at ICC. Random killing must stop or he (Kiir) resigns if he can’t quill insecurity in the country.

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    • 10 April 2013 11:44, by ngadodo

      I strongly condemned coward act by those tribalism army, what they’re did was because of last time shot down UN alicopohor in Likungole but nothings done to them, that why repeated un speak able Act.This government of South Sudan and it military, they’re not happy about present of UN in South Sudan, they’re want to do things un notice by outside world like before when still in bush, They’re

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      • 10 April 2013 11:46, by ngadodo

        committed a lot of atrocities especially to Murle community. So right now they’re committing offences to Murle Civilians as we speaks, their killing civilians in Nanarm River, because fall to fights David Yauyau, Ashamed on you South Sudan Government.

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  • 10 April 2013 10:19, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Who knows, it might be the Murle Militia who killed those peacekeepers. Why not staying in Juba instead of Gumuruk which is the danger zone?

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  • 10 April 2013 10:25, by steven

    This is a tragic incident, security and safety have to be improved.

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  • 10 April 2013 10:28, by wang

    Why UN crying so loud? I thought it were Guns vs Guns, and those poor Indian must have to protect themselves, other UN staffs and Murle civilians as their main duty at the South. The main prioritising for SPLA at the Pibor are to clear David YY and his supporters…..

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    • 10 April 2013 10:54, by Wunditda

      @ wang,
      These Peacekeepers are very unprotective. Ok, if they don’t protect themselves, how can they protect civilians from any violence threat? You remember, all the UNMISS soldiers always carry their guns. Why did they fail to kill even one person? Were they tied down and sprayed with bullets?

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      • 10 April 2013 11:09, by wang

        Wunditda
        All these so called peacekeepers forces operating at many different part of the world have obligations to protecting their territories (compounds) and the more vulnerable population in those areas. If they fail to protect those Murle civilians then, they should head back to their sub-continent...

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      • 10 April 2013 11:09, by Gabriel Ajak

        MRSS MARDITDA
        SORRY U ARE FROM AGAAR WHEREBY THERE IS NO LAW GUIDING PEOPLE AND THE WORLD IS SO CIVILIZE NOT THE SAME AS U,THOSE PEACEKEEPERS WERE TIED DOWN BY LAW.
        AND THEY WERE AMBUSHED BY THE WAY U CAN NOT BLAME THEM.

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  • 10 April 2013 10:29, by ForAll

    Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) must be open minded and treat young government of SS and the SS rebels with all respect.
    Change will not be in one day.
    Only God can do CHANGE in a moment.
    UNSC must increase their help to Southern Sudan and do every thing to unite them

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  • 10 April 2013 10:54, by Gabriel Ajak

    My condolence to the Indian government and to the families of the victims.
    may God almighty rest their soul in peace.

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  • 10 April 2013 11:00, by master

    hahaa
    this is jungle
    any attempt to help these creatures will go in vain
    no avial at all
    we suffered long time from animals behavours
    let Amarica and Israel secure them

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    • 10 April 2013 11:38, by EES Kingmaker

      Master,
      No wonder the way you think is too animalistic. Who brought the current confusion in Jonglei State and the whole South Sudan? Is it not Sudanese animals who live in Khartoum (NCP criminal leaders), who speak like God (falsely emulating Allah), that have three buttocks (Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile, Darfur, have no legs( no deep-rooted culture ) have two diseases: fitniasis (sedition

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      • 10 April 2013 11:41, by EES Kingmaker

        and giramaniasis (greed for power and wealth)? This is a fitting description of all Sudanese leaders. Do you have contrary view so that we continue debating you dogs of Middle East?

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        • 10 April 2013 11:52, by master

          Kingmaker monkey
          who make the current mess in SK and BN
          you want to harm us and we keep silent
          if you dont forget the mentaly of child you will never go forward

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      • 10 April 2013 20:47, by Oppressor

        EES Kingmaker u are Funniest u don’t know what u r talking about ...

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  • 10 April 2013 11:13, by hamil

    My condolence to those who lost their lives. But this is berberism that is why most of them are ignoring their lands of origin and they want to restle the greater Equatoria from the Equatorians. We are humble and loving that is why God blessed us with this beautiful land. But if you are cruel, hostile, arrogant and proud for nothing you will be placed in a land of cruelty and hostility.

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  • 10 April 2013 11:42, by Foxtail

    kids as young as eleven(11) years carried out the attack according to our guys who managed to escape. actually they had captured one of the guys but released him later after he pleaded with them. they are murle militias who persued these guys a day early. they were ambushed just after leaving Gumuruk at 8:00am. some of them were shot while in cars especially the contractors who parished too.

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    • 10 April 2013 12:23, by ngadodo

      Foxtail, it was not like that, Army who was ran from KongKong River, they’re one who carried out Attack to UN CONVEY , because their asked UN to Travel with them to Bor by UN convey, but un said to them No your Military and you have your own transport, that why ran indirectly and made ambush not 10minute walk away from Gummoruk as 5 minute walk when UN travelled by open fire to them, That w

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      • 10 April 2013 12:26, by ngadodo

        next page , That was story about incident.

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        • 10 April 2013 13:33, by Nuer Empire

          Tiny Murle have killed the UN keepers.

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      • 10 April 2013 13:44, by Foxtail

        I’m an insidermr;NGADO. that is your own part of story otherwise I spoke to one of those ambushed here in Juba. Spla has no kids in the army.

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        • 10 April 2013 20:26, by ngadodo

          Foxtail, could you bring that kids you talk about?

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  • 10 April 2013 11:50, by ForAll

    Abraham Lincoln did a good job in USA but it took him long time and patience. Mao Zedong did great job to unite and develop China.
    UNSC must use Organization Change and Technology Transfer to help SS to restore Safety and Security. Culture Change is not easy and it takes time.

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  • 10 April 2013 12:03, by Tutbol

    When it comes to anything concerning S Sudan then every piece of shit in the world including the south african whore mrs Zuma would also want to speak with authority. What is she to s sudan? Even the UNSC criminal members still think S Sudan would be their another Eastern Congo where they loot in the name of UN peace keeping! Their activities are being clearly monitored in Jonglei state.

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  • 10 April 2013 12:57, by ForAll

    "Gaddafi sodomized, then beaten & shot dead."
    I am NOT from his supporters while I have different ideology but I respect FAIRNESS.
    He was an African who supported Africans
    Where are the HRW and UNSC as SODOMIZATION is forbidden by law???
    UNSC are members after DOUBLE STANDARDS and no real interest for Africa.
    SS citizens must unite and forget about outsiders

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  • 10 April 2013 13:35, by 4Justice

    The Luciferian globalists have opened another death factory in Central African Republic, children are dying there at an alarming rate.

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  • 10 April 2013 13:40, by Zeki

    UN also has a problem itself, is not just to said condemn condemn while you have guns. why this fife Indians dies without shot out the bullet, what kind of mandate you have for personal defense?
    plse adjust your mandate to allow self defense, how can you respect direct combatant.

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  • 10 April 2013 14:05, by ForAll

    I am very pleased and proud with the positive comments of my African Brothers who professionally criticized the arrogance of the UNSC.

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    • 10 April 2013 16:26, by Tutbol

      This Ki-Moon stooge is a joke. His bosses the UK & the USA are arming terrorists in Syria to kill their own people; when the US continues to kill Afghan babies nearly every week, but this fool from the land of Gangham style continues to keep quiet to refer the UK & the US to ICC for war crimes against humanity. This is not only about UNSC’s double standard, but bullying of highest order...

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      • 10 April 2013 16:44, by Tutbol

        ...., stupidity & being out of with the current world realities. Some of these UNSC members notably the European ones & the US, still think they can bully anyone as they so wish but people across the world are starting to realize that they are evils after all. What morality do guys like this Ki-Moon fellow wears when he sees terror being meted by the countries like the UK & US?

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  • 10 April 2013 17:56, by Nyanchol Ajak

    Well, the story goes as follows. The oil is back up pumping again we need to follow on the tricks up our sleeves to halt it again. This time there is no North-South conflict. How can we stop it then! How about an attack on UN forces! Then the UNSC will have more control on Jongeli as its a trouble area. Just like what we did to the money in Kiir’s Office. Cries Satan, bad govt not fit to rule.

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  • 11 April 2013 02:02, by Panthou

    Sorry U.N! No body will investigate that incident. Because U.N is sponsoring homeless Yau yau. I don’t want Juba government to investigate this nonsense. They’re the ones who always giving us ( South Sudan) a hard time all this time around. If U.N start regretting, then let them pack their bags packs and leave the country period. Enough is enough! We’re feed up with so called U.N peace keepers.

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    • 11 April 2013 07:54, by Ajongtar

      I totaly agree with you!!!
      You know in the last 2 months the SPLA have given a military order warning the Humaniterian NGOs to stop going there with out thier clearance.
      Now the question is, did the UN seek for clearance b4 proceeding to GUMURUK???????
      R.I.P UN Indian battalion to UNMISS.

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