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UN boss calls S. Sudan’s Kiir over political crisis


December 30, 2013 (JUBA) - The Secretary-General on Tuesday welcomed South Sudan president Salva Kiir’s commitment to cessation of hostilities and his readiness to engage opposition leaders in peaceful dialogue.

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

Ki Moon, in a phone conversation with Kiir, reportedly encouraged the latter to consider early release of the country’s political prisoners.

“The Secretary-General reiterated the full support of the United Nations for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation process and called for the full cooperation of all parties in finding a peaceful solution to the current crisis,” the spokesperson for the Secretary General said in a statement.

The UN chief further underscored the need to hold accountable those responsible for attacks on civilians, as both leaders also discussed plans to urgently strengthen the mission in accordance with Security Council resolution 2132 of 24 December.

Meanwhile, the UN mission South Sudan expressed grave concern about mounting evidence of gross violations of international human rights law that have occurred in South Sudan during the past 15 days.

According to the mission, extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers occurred in various parts of the country, as evidenced by the discovery of large numbers of bodies in Juba, as well as in Bor and Malakal, the capitals of Jonglei and Upper Nile states respectively.

It reportedly also observed massive displacement and arbitrary detentions of civilians.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed against innocent civilians of different communities by elements from both sides during the crisis. There is no excuse for these terrible acts of violence," said Hilde Johnson, the head of its South Sudan mission.

"All perpetrators must be held accountable", she added.

The mission further stressed that the crisis in the country should be viewed as a political struggle, rather than an ethnic conflict, warning elements in the country who might seek to exploit the ongoing violence to pursue their own ethnically driven agendas.

"It is deeply disturbing that this now seems to have happened", it said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Johnson also welcomed the decision of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council at the Heads of State level, to establish a Commission under the continental body to investigate the human rights violations and other abuses committed.

She said recommendations from the commission would ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all South Sudanese communities.


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  • 1 January 09:14, by Marco Bul

    This war is "unwinable".Dialogue and ceasefire are helpful.

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    • 1 January 12:18, by Mr Point

      Marco Bul is absolutely right.
      The only outcome must be some form of power sharing. Kiir can not concentrate all power in one person as head of state, head of army and head of party. He needs to accept more democracy.
      It was the pretext of the fake coup and the genocidal use of Dootku Beny militia that took us back to 1991. For this Kiir is accountable.

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  • 1 January 12:31, by realperson

    Mr.have no power.
    Tell us the party of Riak Machar after that u can talk for power sharing.

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    • 1 January 14:18, by Bentiu son

      Dear comrades,IGAD body had been diluted by Yoweri Museveni’s speech.How comes IGADD members till now didn’t condemn Museveni speech so far for us to see their neutrality.Museveni sent his troops n warplanes to bombed Dr Machar’s forces while IGADD kept silent.What a conspiracy n regional lobbying against Nuer tribes? No cessation of hostilities,or power share with Kiir anymore no reconciliation

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  • 1 January 14:16, by Mapuor

    Those under detention are not political prisoners,they coup makers who should be held accountable for provoking the death of thousand innocent civilians.No release come what may.UN benefited alot from the current crises by getting alot of money out of the crises.So to reward the perpetrators they insist on their release.What a world.One man’s disaster is anothers opportunity.

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  • 1 January 15:33, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Innocent pple are dying for no obvious reason.They are not involved in this reckless power strugle.The situation remains very tense as Peter Gadet forces reached Mangla & Magary, while Kiir is calling for African military support. Fighting should stop from spreading by any means as already Juba pple started to flee as the news of Gadet forces are advancing towards Juba,

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    • 1 January 15:58, by South South

      Mohammed Ali2,
      Please find another place and tell your lies to people who do not know fake Arabs in Sudan. Mohammed himself killed million of people in name of what ? Allah. What innocent people you are talking about. you killed 2 million innocents from South Sudan with your gay uncles in Khartoum. You can lie as you want, but lair is a lair.

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  • 1 January 16:32, by Dengdittueny

    Bentiu son, thanks so for your comment, there would not be power sharing with Nyigats who laugh when innocent people are slaughtered. Shame on antagonise community. I believe you have been cursed by God and one time your land will be destroyed by God.

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    • 1 January 17:21, by Tutbol

      UN would much be better with out the UK/ Arabs.

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      • 1 January 20:29, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Dr. Defector Riek believes that killing the largest tribe to become the President of South Sudan of many tribes would make him become a flag bearer. No way. Do the math again Dr. Defector. The track record of your violence since 1991-2013/2014 would never impose you on the dreamed Nuer State, leave alone South Sudan. South Sudan knows who and who to vote for, not a coup addict.

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        • 1 January 20:30, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Dr. Defector Riek believes that killing the largest tribe to become the President of South Sudan of many tribes would make him become a flag bearer. No way. Do the math again Dr. Defector. The track record of your violence since 1991-2013/2014 would never impose you on the dreamed Nuer State, leave alone South Sudan. South Sudan knows who and who to vote for, not a coup addict.

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          • 1 January 21:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

            South Sudan does not belong to Nuer & Dinka alone. It belongs to all South Sudanese regardless of being the majority/minority. One tribe can never impose Dr. Defector Riek on us. The current Presiden was never imposed on by his tribe to be the flag bearer but track record which Dr. Defector/Traitor Riek didn’t and will never have one besides orchestrating massive destruction, killings and looting

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            • 1 January 21:40, by Adodi Jotuwa

              ...displacement of innocent souls. Lou-Nuer will regret tomorrow at the end of the day. Track record of Dr. Defector/Traitor Riek tells us that he can never launch sustained attacks on one tribe, leave alone the whole of South Sudan. If you want peace and developemnt, not based on tribal but South Sudanese backings, leave Dr. Traitor Riek alone with his quest for Presidency.

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              • 1 January 21:41, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Bor is not Juba, Pibor, Kapoeta, Torit or Yambio. Bor is gonna be retaken sooner than later. Believe me or not. Never lie to the whole world that your destructive forces are advancing toward Juba while in reality, you are in control of Bentiu town only, not the whole of Unity State. Likewise, only part of Bor Town is under your control. Why do you rush to lie to the media, please?

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                • 1 January 21:42, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Can lies boost morale of Lou-Nuer who proved to be armed professional looters? Bullets of your destructive forces didn’t kill Dinka Bor only, didn’t destroy properties of Dinka Bor only,and didn’t loot houses and shops of Dinka Bor only but of South Sudanese and foreigners alike. Do your forces believe that they have nothing to lose at the end of the day? WIll they never wake up to their senses?

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                  • 1 January 21:43, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Did bullets of your destructive forces avoid the relatives and properties belongning to the detainedd gisgruntled ex-ministers and the head of your delegation Rebecca Nyandeng who have connived in the failed coup attempt of December 15th, 2013? What is the exit strategy from the tribal backings, hoping to impose you as the President of RSS on South Sudanese?

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                    • 1 January 22:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Is South Sudan easy to be ruled on the basis of one tribal or South Sudanese backings? If all the 63 tribes of South Sudan back presidential candidates through the barrel of a gun, how many Presidents will South Sudan have, one or 63? Will guns or ballots, based on one’s track record, get you elected to become the President of the RSS?

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                      • 1 January 22:29, by kumkan

                        Dinka friends,
                        This is the reward of what most of you have been preaching about all year long.You must face the consequences of what Salva Kir and his adviser has brought to this country. Look around now and see if Nuer and Dinka Bzl would ever come together again. Absolutely not! Our country is currently divided more than ever all because of the hatred you have towards one man. Dr. Riek Machar i

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                        • 1 January 22:31, by kumkan

                          is the most feared man by all Dinka and that is why Salvador and his Dinka supporters came up with the unfounded treason thinking that Southerner would fall for it. None of us were born on the night of Dec 16-18 nor would the international community buy what you are trying to fed them.
                          The killing of the innocent Nuer civilians on the streets of Juba angered every Nuer around the globe. You haven’

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                          • 1 January 22:32, by kumkan

                            You haven’t seen any thing yet we will make sure that Dinka there will be no peace between us. People like bor are our neighbor we live in the same geographical area they understand us better than any other Dinka. But, wait you will see us in Juba and we will settle our difference for good.

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                          • 2 January 13:04, by Deng Tut

                            The current minister of foreign affairs has said that those who committed the genocide has been arrested which is not true, he just denied, the really people who committed the genocide against the humanity "killing nuer" in juba were president Kiir, marial chiunong, salva mathank, Paul maloung Awanl, Abraham mauen Peter, and koul Mayang juuk, this men must face the ICC, committing the crimes.

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