Home | News    Thursday 23 January 2014

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

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

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.

JPEG - 27.3 kb
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.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 23 January 10:03, by Gabriel KK

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

    repondre message

    • 23 January 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

      repondre message

      • 23 January 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.

        repondre message

        • 23 January 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?

          repondre message

          • 23 January 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...

            repondre message

    • 23 January 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.

      repondre message

      • 23 January 10:44, by Wicdail

        Let Kirr and his thugs not play with fire.

        repondre message

    • 23 January 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.

      repondre message

    • 23 January 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.

      repondre message

      • 23 January 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.

        repondre message

        • 23 January 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

          repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The theory of African president and prime minister, working together 2014-11-22 05:32:12 By Steve Paterno November 21, 2014 - Africa is notoriously known for political instability, stemming in most cases, over power struggle among the ruling elites. Often times, the best and quick (...)

The UNAMID internal report on mass rape in Tabit. 2014-11-21 06:09:21 What UNAMID really said about their investigation of mass sexual assaults on Tabit: The internal report on what investigators found By Eric Reeves November 20, 2014 - On November 12, 2014 (...)

Bullying Darfur 2014-11-13 18:13:39 By Namaa Al-Mahdi November 13, 2014 - “We broke their backs in Abu Karshola, I doubt they have recovered since,” said a prominent Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) member about their counter attack on (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan Democracy First Group condemns wave of arbitrary arrests in Sudan 2014-09-25 05:17:35 Sudan Democracy First Group 25 September 2014 - In a desperate attempt to prevent a series of events commemorating the victims of the September 2013 protests, Sudan’s notorious National (...)

HRW calls on UN rights body to press Sudan to investigate murder of peaceful protesters 2014-09-24 21:24:09 Human Rights Watch One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths (Geneva, September 23, 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should call on Sudan to account immediately for the death (...)

Hundreds walk for peace in South Sudan 2014-09-23 08:30:16 National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) PRESS RELEASE Juba, 21 September 2014 - Hundreds of people took to the streets of the South Sudan capital Jubato ‘Walk for Peace’and demand (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.