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S. Sudan president holds meeting with UNMISS chief to settle differences

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January 24, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has met with the head of the United Nations mission in the country for the first time since accusing the agency of interfering in the new nation’s internal affairs.

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UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson has met with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in the capital, Juba, after her agency was accused of overstepping its role (FILE)

In a stinging rebuke earlier this week, Kiir accused the world body of seeking to run a parallel government alongside his administration.

Relations were further strained after the minister of information was refused entry to the UN compound in Jonglei state capital Bor during an official visit on Sunday, reportedly because he was accompanied by two armed bodyguards.

The incident was captured on camera and broadcast on South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Sunday evening, with the South Sudanese government demanding a written apology from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon released a statement from New York on Monday condemning the attempted forced entry by government officials, saying UN staff had been threatened by armed soldiers.

The incident in Bor sparked protests in the capital, Juba, with thousands of political and civil society representatives taking to the streets on Tuesday, accusing UNMISS head Hilde Johnson of bias and demanding she be replaced.

However, in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday, South Sudanese foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the government continued to work in partnership with UNMISS.

“The demonstration by the citizens should be considered as part of the democratic expression about anything they wanted to draw the attention of all the stakeholders. It was not an attack on the United Nations. The government remains committed to provide protection to staff of the United Nations Mission is South Sudan”, he said.

Marial said the meeting between the president and Johnson had focused on ways to “amicably” resolve issues between the two sides, so as to avoid further misunderstandings.

UNMISS bases across the country are currently sheltering some 73,000 civilians, who have been forced to flee their homes after violence erupted in Juba on 15 December before spreading to other regions.

In New York the UN Security Council (UNSC) issued a statement reiterating its "unwavering support for UNMISS" and underlining its vital mission on behalf of the international community to protect civilians in South Sudan.

UNSC members further expressed their appreciation for UNMISS personnel, "who put their own lives at risk daily pursuing this mandate, and for the 67 troop- and police-contributing countries whose forces continue to perform admirably under difficult circumstances", emphasised the statement.

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  • 25 January 05:54, by Mi diit

    Incompetent Kiir is a primitive president who will not appreciate the positive role played by UNMISS, protecting his own citizens. Kiir wants to kill his own citizens. He hates UNMISS for documenting his Nuer massacres in Juba and for information on UPDF movements, that protect his own palace, residence, etc. Shame on you sell-out Kiir. Go to your husband Museveni in Kamapala. You are a coward!!!

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    • 25 January 05:59, by Mi diit

      His uncivilized leadership tried to storm into UNMISS compound in Bor with weapons to drag out from the UNMISS Nuer civilians to kill. Can you see how this government is led by mentally primitive people like Michael Makuei Lueth. Thanks God that they will be gone soon and relieve we the South Sudanese from such a curse...

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      • 25 January 06:03, by Mi diit

        Primitive power-hungry Dinka chief Salva Kiir brought six helicopter gunships from his gay husband Yoweri Museveni to kill the Nuer, one tribe. This has not happened even during the war with Arabs of Sudan. They never deployed six helicopter gunships at ago to bomb SPLA forces during a single battle. But it happened with a primitive tribal chief who knows nothing about tomorrow...

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        • 25 January 07:00, by Majongdit

          Mi Diit,(James Gatdet Dak)
          We liberated you with our blood. We brought you the independence tha you seek to spoil simply because there is one left handed guy who loves fcking white women was prophesied by Ngundeng to be the President of South Sudan. Riek with his opume has nothing to deliver to this country. Soon, the UN will know that South Sudan is better under Kiir’s leadership than anything ot

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        • 25 January 12:50, by barbayo

          In UNMISS compounds are all Malitias accepted those are outside
          Hill Johnson wife of primative Macher fighting government of Republic South Sudan

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      • 25 January 06:58, by michael coma

        Mi diit
        You will die in US and burried there as you might come and poison our fertile land of South Sudan.Croaking of frog can not prevent cow from drinking.I think you have lost salary that Riek used to paid you just to criticising govt.Kiir and Makuei will not go as you wish.Riek has died politically.

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        • 25 January 07:55, by Tut Tut

          Coma, I have a question for you. Has Museveni wife, your tribal president Kiir normal or is she experiencing radical insanity? Did I used the word "she"? Oh Museveni will love this since he made it public all Dinka fall under SHE. One more thing, did miss kiir pronounced the term internal affairs? Then what about her beloved Museveni intervention in S.Sudan? Is than not funny and insincere?

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    • 25 January 06:00, by omoni jr.

      Hilde Johnson should not get worry too much about liars like kiir, salva kiir no longer the somebody we can respect,he is uncivilized insect that deserved nothing but humilation and embarassement. president Obama called him a liar,and he didnt say shit,

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      • 25 January 06:07, by Mi diit

        Omoni jr,
        This primitive Kiir has become disgusting to world leaders. I watched the Aljazeera news the other day about his accusations against the UN. The UN in New York simply reacted by saying "Salva Kiir has been saying many things in the last few days." Do you see how the UN ignores and disgusts him? He and his tribal thugs are a big shame to South Sudan.

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      • 25 January 06:17, by Chol A.

        To all nyagat sons n daughter whoever against Kiir n his tribes will no place in South Sudan. If you guys talk of people kill in Juba what about Dinka civilian you killed in unity state, Malakal n bor is that not genocide? Nuer respect no body in SS but you either listen to Kiir’s rule or stay as refugees outside the Ross because we sick of your trouble all the time. Why
        opposed Ross way forwar

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    • 25 January 06:30, by Tutbol

      "unwavering support for UNMISS" and underlining its vital mission on behalf of the international community to protect civilians in South Sudan"
      The citizens of S Sudan that this evil institution claims to protect are the same ones who want it go. The UNIMISS will have rough time this time in S Sudan....

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      • 25 January 06:36, by Tutbol

        The govt of S Sudan, should ban the AFP, BBC, VOA & Al Jazerra.
        MSF, Oxfam-UK, USAID & several other creepy criminals in Europe & the US.

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        • 25 January 14:05, by Observer

          Tutbol
          What happened- the UN wouldn’t give you a job- that is why you are so bitter about them?
          You don’t seem to realize that the NGO;s you mention are the ones that are doing what the government should be doing and without them the people would suffer even more

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          • 26 January 03:57, by Tutbol

            Observer,
            Even that UN has all the jobs on earth; i wouldn’t touch their jobs.

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      • 25 January 06:54, by choldit

        Tutbol
        At least the UNSC words rings the bell on ur ear. For many blind Dinkas it didn’t becoze they are blinded by tribalistic motived hatred to Nuer n therefore see anybody that stop them for massacring Nuer in Bor, Malakal n Bentiu in the way they did it in Juba as an enemy. UNMISS is a life saving INTL body that doesn’t know taking sides. U want its service leave ur weapon out. It is as simple

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        • 26 January 04:15, by Tutbol

          Choldit,
          Who says the Dinkas hate the Nuers. The Dinkas respect every human on earth who respect them, let alone hating their own Nuers *Nyantoc cousins* for your information, my mum is from Nuer ’Gaweer’.
          But i don’t subscribe to my uncles tantrums, Riek Machar killed my little sister & my grandma in 1991 with my uncles---

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          • 26 January 04:55, by Tutbol

            and several cousins & elders later on died of hunger because they lost their cattle & crops. And yet again, my ’Gaweer’ uncles have been used in 2013-2014, my 4 cousins in Bor & yet again Riek Machar still wants to be a leader of the peoples he often unleash his forces at will as he wishes.

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    • 25 January 12:57, by barbayo

      this time will not be like 1991,no Arab you go to, Nuer are holding high positions ,what is wrong ? Nuer been rebel in their blood,because they are gentles

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  • 25 January 05:54, by Tong dut

    President Salva Kiir is not trusted by UN AND American, no need to help him or south Sudan.

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    • 25 January 05:58, by Tong dut

      If Kiir is killing south Sudanese with Ugandan forces just to stay in power, why to kill Sudans.
      Who will vote for you?
      Soon we shall see, either you will wine or not.

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  • 25 January 05:58, by akid malual

    Now the game is over, who are people still in UNMISS compound? and what the are waiting for?

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  • 25 January 06:03, by Chol A.

    This bitch has to go otherwise UNMISS must leave Southern Sudan since it has hide agendas against this nation.

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  • 25 January 06:46, by Positive Thinker

    It people like you Chol who have no respect
    are a curse to this country. If you love Mr. President please respect his guests including Unmiss boss Madam Hilder Johnson. You are so ignorant and a fool.

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    • 25 January 07:02, by Chol A.

      @negative thinker, I know this lady she is fuck by Dr R splinter, if not why she shelter rebel when bor is seize? Why UNMISS report negative agains Ross government? Why are they deny mass killing of innocent Dinka in unity state, Bor n Malakal while what happen in juba was top of issue! There are thousand of Nuer in four state leaving with Dinka neither of them were not touch, why?

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  • 25 January 07:08, by marie

    You people who are shouting for UNMISS to leave are just ignorant and naive people. If the all the UN bodies, including is to abandon South Sudan, half of the population would starve to death within three months, leave alone those who have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. They would not help people in SS or refugee camps,period.

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    • 26 January 03:54, by Tutbol

      There is a different between *humanitarian organizations* and an armed UN occupying forces. get an education on the politics of UN mam.

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  • 25 January 08:17, by Positive Thinker

    @Chol A please respect yourself if you want to be respected. I am not negative Thinker am Postive Thinker. I hate lies and negative emotions.
    South Sudan belong to all of us. Let us learn to respect one Nother and our Guests. South Sudan is not an island please.

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  • 25 January 13:10, by barbayo

    In all over the world last primitive tribe is Nuer ,they have lack of plan,lack responsibility , lack of analysis ,lack of thinking for future,they are looter,

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  • 25 January 20:36, by Marco Bul

    What was killing the civilians that forced the gov’t to invite UNMISS before this current crisis?? I mean,from 2011-2013

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