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UN chief decries S. Sudan’s ethnic violence, killings

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December 24, 2013 (JUBA) – The United Nations secretary general has expressed concerns over reports of ethnically targeted violence, including extra-judicial killings and mass graves in South Sudan.

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President Salva Kiir speak to the media in Juba (File/AFP)

Addressing the Security Council on the crisis in the country, Ban Ki Moon reiterated calls for maximum restraint from all communities involved, as the violence enters its second week.

“There is no military solution to this conflict. This is a political crisis which requires a peaceful, political solution,” he said.

Over 500 people, official said, have been killed after clashes occurred in the South Sudan capital, Juba with tens of thousands displaced seeking protection at UN bases in the country.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir largely blamed his former deputy Riek Machar of instigating the violence, but the latter claimed it was a ploy by the leadership to oppress those opposed to the regime.

The UN chief, however, said they were closely working with regional leaders and parties on the ground to establish basis for negotiations.

“At the same time, I am determined to ensure that UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] has the means to carry out its central task of protecting civilians”, Ban Ki Moon said in a statement.

He further welcomed the UNSC resolution, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and opening of dialogue; demanding that all parties cooperate fully with UNMISS; and authorising the temporary strengthening of protection capacities with additional troops, police and logistical assets from other UN missions.

Ki Moon, in the statement, also lauded UN peacekeepers for their role in protecting civilians, provision of humanitarian assistance and human rights monitoring, despite the difficult circumstances.

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed and three UNIMISS personnel injured when anti-governmental forces attacked a UN base in Bor.

“Attacks on civilians and the UN peacekeepers must cease immediately”, he further stressed.

The UN, its secretary general said, would investigate reports of these incidents and of grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity, saying those responsible will be personally accountable.

“They should know the world is watching”, he stressed.

The Security Council on Tuesday unanimously voted for an increase of its peacekeepers in South Sudan from 7,000 to 12,500 troops, including 1,323 police in order to protect civilians in the country.

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  • 25 December 2013 10:41, by Tutbol

    UN chief with his secret UN government he wants to experiment in South Sudan should go and experiment it else where. South Sudanese do not want his his UN government bull-crap. Where in the world do you arm yourself and then pretend to be a mediator? The UN is just as bad as Riek MACHAR.

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    • 25 December 2013 10:48, by Tutbol

      Let him send them in to come and occupy South Sudan if he is gone out of his head. We even want to expel the UNIMISS mercenaries currently in the country let alone, welcoming another UNIMISS mercenaries to come cause more troubles in our country.

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      • 25 December 2013 13:16, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!

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    • 25 December 2013 11:49, by Tong dut

      It si normal both tribe to kill each others.

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  • 25 December 2013 10:44, by Dengdittueny

    Riek is a man who smears blood on somebody cloth. He did it intentionally to spoil Kiir leadership. what kind leadership and democracy that he is fighting about, shame on Riek the opportunistic leader. I actually prove from Riek that PhD means permanent head damage and therefore his head is not rational. South Sudan will be stable when Riek perish.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:17, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
      !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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  • 25 December 2013 12:49, by bolingo

    Kirr ordered his Melitia mainly comprising of warap boys to kill innocent nuers from Juba.
    Kirr must face justice for what he did in Juba and let this not be pointed on the political prisoners who has no blood of innocent non dinkas in Juba.
    It’s very clear on the eyes of the international community that kirr massacred non dinkas in Juba.
    God bless our leader Dr.riak Machar teny.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:18, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
      !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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  • 25 December 2013 12:50, by bolingo

    Kirr ordered his Melitia mainly comprising of warap boys to kill innocent nuers from Juba.
    Kirr must face justice for what he did in Juba and let this not be pointed on the political prisoners who has no blood of innocent non dinkas in Juba.
    It’s very clear on the eyes of the international community that kirr massacred non dinkas in Juba.
    God bless our leader Dr.riak Machar teny.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:18, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
      !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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      • 25 December 2013 19:14, by bolingo

        @ Darkangel
        HE. Dr riak Machar teny will be the president of s.sudan.
        we don’t want an illiterate human being called kirr as president.

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  • 25 December 2013 17:00, by Mohammed Ali 2

    ((At the same time, I am determined to ensure that UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] has the means to carry out its central task of protecting civilians”, Ban Ki Moon said in a statement.Isn’t that funny!When did you do such a thing?You didn’t do it for the Murle when they were slaughtered by the neuer,You are not doing it now in Juba when neuer were killed under the nose of Helda!neither in Bor.

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  • 26 December 2013 03:19, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MOHAMMED ALI 2,
    UN MISSION IS SUDAN WEREN’T ABLE TO PROTECT INNOCENTS DARFURIANS NEITHER NOR ARE THEY NOW ABLE TO PREVENT GENOCIDE TAKING PLACE AS WE COMMUNICATE IN S.KORDUFAN & BLUE NILE. HOWEVER, THOSE UN TROOPS CAN GATHER ALL EVIDENTS AS THEY ALREADY GRANTEED THE ARREST OF CRIMINAL BASHIR AND SOON HIS YOUNGER BROTHER IN CRIME SALVA KIIR WILL JOINED HIM.

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