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South Sudan’s Kiir criticises UN over camp access dispute

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January 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit launched a rare criticism against United Nations on Monday, asking for clarifications from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the status on UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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UNMISS personnel erect barbed wire fencing around Tomping camp, where some 15,000 IDPs are sheltered by the United Nations, in Juba January 7, 2014 (Photo Reuters/James Akena)

"I think the UN want to be the government of the South [Sudan] and they felt short of naming the chief of the UNMISS as the co-president of the Republic of South Sudan,” said Kiir.

"And if that is the position of Ban Ki-Moon, they should make it clear that the UN wants to takeover South Sudan,” Kiir added.

Relations between UNMISS and South Sudan government have deteriorated after fighting broke out in Juba last month between parts of the army, triggering armed rebellions in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

According to the latest statistics released by the the UN OCHA on Monday the conflict internally displaced 494,000 people, including 67,400 civilians who sought protection in nine UNMISS protection sites across the country. Also 86,100 South Sudanese refugees have reached neighbouring countries.

The UN’s camp in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, hosts 10,000 people and was the scene of a dispute between the government and the UN on Sunday when South Sudan’s information minister was refused entry the compound because of his two armed bodyguards.

The heated quarrel ensued was recorded and broadcast on South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Sunday evening. Minister Michael Makuei Lueth’s body guards are reported to have threatened the UN staff who refused them access to the camp. However they eventually withdrew allowing them to enter.

On Monday, the UN Secretary released a statement condemning the forced entry by government officials. Ban said he was 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", he said in a statement.

The spokesman for South Sudan’s army, Philip Aguer said on Monday that the UN should come out to explain why the minister was not allowed into the camp.

"What was inside that UNMISS [compound] which they don’t want the minister of incumbent government to see," Aguer told Sudan Tribune by phone.

UNMISS says that the minister was not allowed into the camp as they are imposing a no-weapons policy in the camps.

The UNMISS on 16 January announced a number of new measures aiming to improve security at its protection of civilians sites in the troubled country. The mission also deployed more police and military personnel recently arrived, as the UN Security Council redoubled its authorised force last December.

In a news conference, President Kiir also rejected the rebels’ demand that Ugandan troops withdraw from the country as a condition for signing a ceasefire.

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  • 21 January 07:37, by Raanchol

    Mr. President.
    It is gud that u have known 2de that Hilde Johnson and her two husbands, Riek and Ban Ki-moon are doing a mounting coup, we have told you several times even with demonstrations in almost all parts of SS to issue a decree firing her out of SS as Bashir did to Jan Pronk in Khartoum, plz take quick action, we don’t need her here in SS, or even close down the damn UNMISS they r talking

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  • 21 January 07:40, by Raanchol

    Ya manh agueec called Tut Tut or tut-amok,
    mind ur words as we’ve already defeated ur anuses in the battle fields of UN, Bentiu and Bor, everything is at our hands now, leave alone ur vulture or a damn Dr.Dog, we will slaughter him soon, mark my words and wiat for action to see ya muofin inta

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    • 21 January 08:11, by Tut Tut

      Miss Inferior: Should it not been your husband Museveni, by now you would have been deceased or a slave in our country.Off course you have all the rotten hearts beyond humanity as signified by your senseless massacred against Nuer civilians in Juba. But be reminded that East Africa regional politics is shifting against Museveni.That he might leave you orphans sooner. Kiir and Museveni In ICC.

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  • 21 January 08:24, by Gatluak

    This how UN does when u are in active person who only know to say the word "YES". UN will take ur ass to ICC. Idiot President.

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  • 21 January 08:31, by michael coma

    Brig.Lony who took refuge at UN compoud a long Yei-Juba road has blammed Riek for decieving them that he had help from western countries to supplied them with guns,ammunitions and uniforms.He said,Machar is poor in malitary plans.Machar has wasted time in Bor for no reason and forgot to makes more connection to generals underground as he was busying eating a lone.

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    • 21 January 08:39, by michael coma

      Many Nuers generals have took refuge in UN compounds for protection.Imagine majority of white army removed their uniforms and abandoned fighting when they saw SPLA army coming.Riek has been wounded on right arm and he is now under treatment that’s why you can’t hear him on air again.

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  • 21 January 19:01, by dinkagloble

    Succes of Government of SS in having good relationship with UN rest on doing away with key UN personal working in SS including Hilde Johnson, head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan. Over 85% of their report is anti government. Look at Sudan government they enjoy good relationship with UN because they know how to dealt with pleople like Hilde Johnson and their likes.

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  • 21 January 19:52, by hellonearth

    This is how these hopeless Dinka are looking at the whole situation, 1. its a failed Coup de tar, 2. Kiir is an elected president, 3. 1991 massacre, and 4. whatever happened in Juba on the 15th Dec and the dead Nuer mean nothing. nothing about people who died. what kind of a Nation is this. Dinka Kingdom of course, it will fall soon. believe!!!!!!

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  • 22 January 05:28, by marie

    If president Kiir does not want UN in SS, let him just chase them out and we will see what would unfold in the country. Half of the population is dependent on rations of UN. It would not only be famine killing people but disease etc. Good luck mr president with your decision.

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