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S. Sudan demands apology from UN over Bor camp access dispute

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January 22, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government is demanding the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to apologise in written form after it refused to allow the minister of information to enter its compound in Jonglei state capital Bor during a visit on Sunday.

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People seeking shelter at the UNMISS compound in Jonglei capital Bor wait in line as UN military police conduct security checks (Photo courtesy of UNMISS)

Minister Michael Makuei Lueth was heading a visiting delegation of top South Sudanese officials to gain information on the situation in Bor, which was recently recaptured from rebel forces by the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

The dispute reportedly occurred when the minister was refused entry to the UN compound, which is currently providing protection to some 10,000 people have been displaced by recent fighting, because he was accompanied by two armed bodyguards.

During a press briefing in national parliament following the incident, Lueth told journalists that “UNMISS must forward a written apology or face further action against Bor compound manager and the UN secretary-general’s special representative in South Sudan [Hilde Johnson]”.

Lueth’s body guards are reported to have threatened UN staff after they were refused access to the camp, although they eventually withdrew, allowing the group to enter.

UNMISS claims it was simply upholding its no-weapons policy inside the camps.

The incident was captured on camera and broadcast on South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Sunday evening.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon released a statement from New York on Monday condemning the attempted forced entry by government officials. Ban said he was particularly disturbed over threats made to UN staff by armed soldiers.

Relations between UNMISS and South Sudan government have continued to deteriorate in light of the recent incident, with president Salva Kiir accusing the agency of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.

Thousands of political and civil society representatives took to the streets in Juba on Tuesday, accusing Johnson of bias and demanding she be replaced.

The army intelligence chief in Bor claims a number of soldiers dressed in military attire and believed to be rebel fighters were seen at the main gates of the UN compound over the weekend before running inside for safety.

The army chief has demanded that any guns surrendered by rebel fighters must be turned over to the government.

According to the latest UN estimates, almost 500,000 people have been displaced in the fighting which broke out in Juba on 15 December, including 67,400 civilians who are currently sheltering in nine UNMISS protection sites across the country.

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  • 23 January 2014 10:03, by Gabriel KK

    Hilde Johnson is bias. she must Go now before it is late.

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    • 23 January 2014 10:17, by Amantiel Kem

      None of the government officials including Barnaba Marial understands no-weapon policy of UN. shame on you all. why does the government talk a lot when it has no capacity to defend the country?. Museveni will soon has his country affairs. talk according to capacities u have my dear

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      • 23 January 2014 10:23, by omoni jr.

        I really regret to be born in this jungle called south sudan,and regret to share this jungle with animals like Dinka-Nuer who like to fight and killed themselves like butterflies. we Equatorians have to focus and rethink for others alternatives, totally independent for Equatoria.

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        • 23 January 2014 12:01, by Native Boy

          Omoni
          Don’t chanel your own political properganda in the name of equatoria.
          Equatorians are far a way from sudan tribune’s dirty vulger languages which is ongoing.
          For normally when u want to commend please be a patriotic citizen that speaks sense but not fueling problems. Why can’t u write as an interlectual?

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          • 23 January 2014 15:04, by Mi diit

            Makuei Lueth will soon run to the UNMISS compound in Juba for protection from the democratic forces and appreciate the importance of no-weapons policy if Gen Peter Gatdet will try to enter UNMISS to bring out Makuei Lueth. Primitive people like him learn through experience...

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    • 23 January 2014 10:19, by omoni jr.

      The reason why UN did not allow this thug called Micheal makuei to entered the compound is because they dont trust DINKA particularly,they just tried to go there in order to finished their second phase for long planned genocide committed in juba.

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      • 23 January 2014 10:44, by Wicdail

        Let Kirr and his thugs not play with fire.

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    • 23 January 2014 12:05, by Tong dut

      Ugandan women and their kids are still in bor for money,what a hell they are looking for, Their force are killing southerns, we shall pay it back in this south sudan.

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    • 23 January 2014 12:12, by Sir King

      That is foolish thinking! How can the UN apologise to stupid government due to the fact that they were (government soldiers) not allowed in to kill the innocent civilians. UN will never accept such stupid act. And if Kiir’s government persist on this stupid act, then better for UN and International community to declare South Sudan a UN protectorate like Kossovo five yrs ago.

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      • 23 January 2014 12:16, by Sir King

        - And kick him out of power so that the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan are given chance to choose their leader of desire. Kiir is bigger than People of South Sudan.
        Look! He is saying Rebels are hiding in UN compound; So, does he want to kill the rebels in UN compound. Kiir has committed unwanted attrocities really. That is how his troops kill civilians.

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        • 23 January 2014 14:15, by Jewish Ally

          I am naive always i like to give comment that united my people of South Sudan, and like reading good comments from patriotic citizen, but their are people who like fuel conflict and give lies to this site: the good example is Sir King and Omoni
          why don’t we preach peace, unity and love among the people of RSS, how much does it cost you to talk about reconciliation

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