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UN condemns S. Sudan army attempts to forcefully enter compound

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December 19, 2014 (NEW YORK) – UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has condemned an attempt by the South Sudanese army (SPLA) to force their way into a UN compound in Jonglei capital Bor, currently providing protection to some 9,000 civilians in the area.

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SPLA soldiers stand at the airport in Bor January 19, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeaunu)

The SPLA retook the town which is located at 200 kilometres north of Juba from rebel troops loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar on Saturday morning after fierce fighting involving the Ugandan military.

In a statement released on behalf of the secretary-general on Sunday and extended to Sudan Tribune, Ban said he is particularly disturbed over threats made to UN staff after they refused to allow armed soldiers to enter the site after they tried to accompany civilians inside.

“The secretary-general condemns the threats made against UN personnel and demands that all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of UNMISS protection sites”, the statement said.

Ban said the latest incident was one of a “growing number of violations” of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), signed with the South Sudanese government on the rights and privileges of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to implement its mandate for the protection of civilians.

Ban said he was also concerned that the situation on the ground was becoming increasingly dangerous for UN staff working in South Sudan.

Thousands of civilians have been killed, brutally abused and left homeless in just over a month of conflict in South Sudan.

The secretary-general has urged warring parties to end the “devastating” conflict, in which “thousands of civilians have been killed, brutally abused and left homeless”.

He also called on military leaders do more to ensure that fighters under their command protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law.

In a separate incident last Wednesday, a civilian seeking shelter at a UNMISS base in Upper Nile state capital Malakal was killed by stray bullets after gunfire entered the site.

Dozens of civilians and a UN military officer sustained gunshot wounds in the incident which occurred amid heavy fighting between government forces and the SPLA for control of the strategic town.

Fighting erupted in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 15 December after clashes between rival members of the presidential guards, spreading to other parts of the country soon after.

In an earlier statement, Ban also condemned the use of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of relief supplies food by both government and anti-government forces.

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  • 20 January 08:25, by michael coma

    UN is behind destablization of South Sudan.Dr.Riek is in UN’s compound in Bor.No more renewal of UN’s contract again if it got expired.People were brutally murdered in Bor’s Hospital and no help was offered to them by UN.

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    • 20 January 08:46, by Thongdit

      I did agree with the UN chief, but the interest of the UN in the conflict in SS is bias especially they failed to condemned the rebels, like the killing of staff at UN compound in Akobo and the use of all organizations vehicles which have been taken by rebels. This war has claimed the life of our people especially the poor who are mobilized by politician. I should says that those politicians who-

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      • 20 January 08:56, by Thongdit

        took us to the war should have been given guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murdered. I pitied those youths who have died in this senseless war, they should always judge what they are fighting for and what will they gain after.I Know Nuers have good unity compare to other ethnicity in south Sudan, but they should be-

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        • 20 January 09:06, by Thongdit

          careful when they are planing a war, into which history can’t be allowed to repeated itself, it is the same community who suffered most during SPLA/SPLM splits in 1990s. We all know this episode started in Juba. I would like to a pealed to international communities to investigate and indited those who are behave killing and destruction of the property. Those who are suspect to be taken to ICC are:

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          • 20 January 09:13, by Thongdit

            Mr. Salva Kiir, Mr Riek Machar, Mr. Marial Chanuor, Mr Peter Gadet, CDR, James Koang and the spiritual leader Mr. Dak Kueth. the above mentioned lists are those who fueled the violent and they should be indited, because these are the same charges against Bashar of Sudan, therefore no doubt that human rights violation has been committed aganist war crimes.

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          • 20 January 09:19, by Thongdit

            Mr. Salva Kiir, Mr Riek Machar, Mr. Marial Chanuor, Mr Peter Gadet, CDR, James Koang and the spiritual leader Mr. Dak Kueth. the above mentioned lists are those who fueled the violent and they should be indited, because these are the same charges against Bashar of Sudan, therefore no doubt that human rights violation has been committed aganist war crimes.

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    • 20 January 08:47, by Sir King

      Stupid Michael Coma,
      Do you really understand the mandate of UN in this world? I see you thinking like your dull President, Kiir Mayardit who failed the country and stand always accusing UN of being behind his leaders. What a poor brain people of South Sudan. I am a Dinka but I hate being created to be under the leadership of such useless guys?
      You are spoiling the name of Dinka (muonyjang)shame

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      • 20 January 08:51, by Sir King

        - Be thinking please before you release some words. what is really wrong with you people? What are you going to stop ethnic dimensional comment and they are really useless comment.
        Both of you Nuer and Dinka are all useless in your comments. And you should be wise and comment on unitary purpose in this country. Do you want to spoil this country because of DINKA AND NUER NAMES?
        Safe on you all!

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      • 20 January 10:51, by wen yar

        You got it right bro,
        Am also a Dinka who think the way you do.
        i can see some people know how to wright and read without reasoning
        How can UN on this earth support side?

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        • 20 January 13:40, by michael coma

          Sir King and Wen e ting Col Yar.You are enemies within as said in the song of Panchol Deng Ajang.Your hicker UNMISS have hand in South Sudan conflict.I can’t blame you all as your news sources base in kitchen.

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  • 20 January 08:28, by bolingo

    The so called makui lueth harassed the UN peace keepers guarding the entrance at Bor and tried to force him self in.
    makei is always known of throwing words any how and his behaviors to the unimiss peace keepers at the gate clearly shows his incompetence and being a liar hence such people like makui lueth are the real engineers of this crisis.

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  • 20 January 08:39, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Makui can go back to Bor now, UN will not refuse for him to get in there this time. Give him call, and ask him to go if he wants. Bor is recaptured by Dr. Riek Machar’s forces. check with your sources on the ground.

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