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December 23, 2013 (Addis Ababa) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said the killings in Bor, capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state amount to “war “crimes”.

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Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission (Reuters)

Bor was taken by forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar on Thursday. The town has witnessed the worst violence since fighting broke out last week between rival factions within South Sudan army (SPLA).

Thousands of people fled the town after it fell into rebel hands with the United Nations warning of potential humanitarian crisis. Forces loyal to president Salva Kiir are reported to be planning an assault to retake the town.

The continental body, in a statement issued Saturday, said its chairperson was ‘‘extremely saddened by the killing of innocent civilians and the United Nations peace keepers in Bor, Jonglie State of South Sudan.’’

The statement said Zuma considers the attack "war crimes".

‘‘She [Zuma] condemns these killings as war crimes, and extends AU’s heartfelt condolences to their families and the government of India, as well as the UN secretariats.’’

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed last week when rebels from the Nuer ethic group, the second largest in South Sudan after the Dinka, attacked the UN base the remote Akobo county.

The UN humanitarian chief in South Sudan Toby Lanzer told AFP that he is particularly worried about Jonglei state.

Lanzer had just returned from a trip to Jonglei’s main city of Bor, where he said "a battle... looms" after various reports of groups mobilising.

The UN is "fortifying the camp in Bor, making sure there is no repeat of Akobo.... But, as in Akobo, if there are few peacekeepers inside and 2,000 (fighters) outside, there’s little we can do."

Lanzer said he was also concerned about the security situation in South Sudan’s two oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile and, increasingly, Lakes state

The South Sudan government said that about 500 people have been killed since violence broke out on Sunday of last week.

World leaders, the UN, AU and foreign ministers from the East African have asked for the warring parties in the conflict to seek for a political solution.

President Kiir has said he is willing to talk peace with Machar. Machar has also expressed willingness to talk to Kiir, but on condition that he releases detainees arrested in connection with the alleged coup attempt.

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  • 23 December 2013 02:43, by Nyachebe

    Shame to chair person of the commission of Africa Union, Dr. Nkosazana by forgetting to mention the truth that it was Kiir’s regime and his Dinka Bar el Gazel gangs which indeed carried out the massacre in Juba against Nuer tribe in which 1800 Nuer civilians were slaughtered and butchered like sacrifice lambs. World thinks Nuer are flies to be killed without questions and now concentrating in

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    • 23 December 2013 02:44, by Nyachebe

      Bor. If the world community fails to bring president Kiir to justice, the heavenly God will definitely arrest Kiir in the hell.

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      • 23 December 2013 03:48, by jijury

        WHAT IS THIS Bitch talking about? Nuer civilians were killed in Juba by Kiir’s presidential guards WHY this BITCH THE SO CALLED AU BOSS DIDN’T CONDAMN THE INCIDENT?

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  • 23 December 2013 04:06, by SPLA

    Is this UN woman down playing the killing in Juba by Kiir guards?

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    • 23 December 2013 05:04, by Wicdail

      My dear people,
      This is an indisputable conspiracy by international community. They deliberately turned blind eyes to Juba massacre which was carried out by Kirr militia against Nuers. World leaders would regret one day if they are supporting Ugandan Killer and his duty Saliva Kirr. How come they don’t see the cause of these death and suffering as results of Kirr’s undemocratic tendency.

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      • 23 December 2013 05:12, by Wicdail

        I don’t know how many of us are aware of "ARMAGEDDON or HARMAGEDON" in the Bible? This grate war is looming in South Sudan if Kirr and his supporters does not listening.

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  • 23 December 2013 04:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The gennocide in Bor currently made by Machar loyalist is not a war crime for Nyendeng, Majak Agot and the rests they thought those who are killed are chicken not human being.
    UPDATE:
    Nyendeng herself came to president yesterday to apology but president received her softly, the visiting is consisting with dialogue between rebel including her and the president Kiir.

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    • 23 December 2013 06:04, by Bentiu son

      Gogrial thieves,don’t panic yet,I know you guys, whenever, you recieve a news that Nuer ci ben,than u urinate ten times before mighty Nuer warriors reaching your ends. We have reached the gear of No u-turn at all.When,we reach Juba,no stone will be left unturned.Gogrial militias almost feels the heat n u will cry for generations to come for upcoming 2013 mass killings. Just celebrating now

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      • 23 December 2013 11:46, by Majongdit

        This is not a war these rebels can win. You call yourselves Nuer, we call you rebels because we want a united country. My question to you is: Riek was VP for 8 years, he was not patient to wait and win elections as a President if he thinks he is popular, do you think Riek is the only Nuer Leader? Can you not be leaders in your own right?

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  • 23 December 2013 07:22, by Maper

    Stop your usual lies that Nyandeng and Majak Agoot people are not being targeted in Bor. In fact the first victims who got knifed, not accidentally hit by stray bullets, after being dragged out of their house were from Twic East County (Nyandeng & Majak’s home). Anyway, the presence of Bor elements among rebels does not guarantee the safety of Bor civilians in the hand of power-hungry murderers.

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    • 23 December 2013 07:30, by Maper

      This is what happened in 1991. Some members of our community supported Riek. Did their support stop the massacre in Bor? We have had enough evidences that our politicians support our killers for their own personal gains. Those politicians are in the process of being disowned in the community.

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  • 23 December 2013 07:25, by Jalaby

    I told you 100 of times that Bor is damn city, every time Bor gets the hell and people just die for vain, do you think it’s just a coincident? why Bor in particular?
    Bor has become a damn city since Kerubino Kuanyin Bol was rebelled in 1983 from Bor city and many innocent people lost their lives for vain!

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    • 23 December 2013 07:35, by Jalaby

      Those innocent people who lost their lives for nothing, now their souls are coming back as a damn and revenging, Jonglei in general are the home of devil and Satan now, it’s full of ghosts now, I recently advised people to leave that damn area ASAP and should leave everything behind, you know my prediction always turns to be right, read what I said to people before:

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      • 23 December 2013 07:40, by Jalaby

        "Jonglei is damn area and becomes invalid for human being to live in"-"just move out and evacuate the whole Jonglei area"
        "I hope to find a wise ear that can listen to my advice and helps those poor people and moves them out of this damn otherwise the killing,conflict,war,theft, disease will continue for good and people will suffer a lot!!

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        • 23 December 2013 07:48, by Jalaby

          I said that before a month ago and if people listened to my advice then they would have saved their lives and stayed out of this hell with their kids and families but unfortunately no one listened to me and I believe they paid a high price now!!
          Read the details that I said about the damn in Jonglei before:
          http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article48877

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  • 23 December 2013 08:10, by blesssing

    Nyadeng, Majak and other bor politicians loyal to Riak Machar should feel the consequences of thier plan in Bor. Why didn’t they started the rebellion in bahr el ghazal if they were unhappy with the origin of president kiir? Riak will finished Bor silently while confused Bor politicians are messing around with him?

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  • 23 December 2013 08:14, by Maper

    Jalaby,
    Your advice had nothing worth in it. For your information, it’s the people who cause all the problems that they face in Jonglei. With no people = no problems, is this a solution? Bashiir’s style of providing solutions by attempting to exterminate people of Darfur, Blue Nile, Abyei, and South Kordofan will not work in Jonglei.

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  • 23 December 2013 13:58, by Mapuor

    Riek Macar is indeed a war criminal,thousands of Dinkas were killed recently in Juba,Bor,Akobo,Nasir,Maiwut,Maban,Bentiu and Leer under his direct orders.The other provocateurs who are behind bars along with senior whore Nyandeng must also be held accountable otherwise junior officers will act promptly and decisively to get rid of them.

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    • 23 December 2013 14:04, by Mapuor

      This thug called Riek is a self proclaimed PhD holder, in mechanical engineering he is suffering from paranoid personality disorder and must be caught and dealt with before things worsen.He has all along been inciting tribal hatred which culminated to current tribal killings.Nuers qualify for the second position given tribal weights,he was given the position and instead of serving the masses

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      • 23 December 2013 14:09, by Mapuor

        he preached and encouraged corruption that resulted to dura saga,he again tried to depose the president and when he failed he resorted to mobilizing Nuers and attack presidential guards.ICC should indict him in seven days to stop further killings between Nuers and Dinkas.

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  • 23 December 2013 17:37, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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