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UN secretary-general slams use of cluster bombs in S. Sudan


February 12, 2014 (NEW YORK) - The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, has condemned the use of cluster bombs during fighting in South Sudan, remnants of which were found last week in Jonglei state.

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Cluster bombs scatter over a large area and can kill or maim unsuspecting civilians long after the conflict has ended

In a statement issued from New York On Wednesday, Ban said the discovery was made by a team from the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), on a road from the capital, Juba, to Bor in Jonglei.

No further details were provided on how many bombs were located or their origins.

Cluster bombs eject smaller explosive bomblets over a large area, but many fail to detonate at the time. The bombs are costly to locate and remove and can kill or maim unsuspecting civilians long after the conflict has ended.

The 200km corridor leading from Juba to Bor experienced heavy fighting between government and rebel forces, with Bor changing hands several times at the height of the crisis.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported earlier this month that one of its teams had observed many unexploded ordinances in Unity state’s Mayom county, and that local authorities had requested support from UNMAS in clearing roads.

The secretary-general has expressed deep concern over reports of ongoing fighting and skirmishes in parts of Unity and Upper Nile states.

He called on both sides to honour the terms of a ceasefire agreement signed on 23 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa and to fully cooperate with mediators from East African bloc - the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is facilitating negotiations.


Meanwhile, the secretary-general has welcomed the resumption of peace talks on Tuesday in Addis Ababa between the South Sudanese government and rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Ban also reiterated the importance of national political dialogue, with the participation of all South Sudanese political and civil society representatives, including political detainees from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

“The secretary-general also calls on all parties to respect the lifesaving work and ensure unhindered freedom of movement of the UN Mission in South Sudan and of all humanitarian workers”, the statement said.

Violence first erupted in Juba on 15 December following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards.

The conflict quickly spread across the country as government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir battled pro-Machar rebels for control of strategic areas.

Both sides have accused each of violating the terms of the ceasefire deal signed last month and there are fears the situation could escalate into a regional conflict.


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  • 13 February 2014 05:26, by omoni jr.

    salva kiir husband M7 must be held accountable for using cluster bombs against civilians of south sudan. I have been saying that,ugandan army do not a shit to our people,they can use anything they want as long kiir and m7 still sharing the same bed.

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    • 13 February 2014 06:08, by Malakal county Simon

      What goes around, comes around..... Lol unwanted president and his allied Urine M7, are in big trouble!!!! Using cluster bomb in any war, its its well banned illegal weapons to used in any where in the world....

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      • 13 February 2014 06:33, by Mi diit

        Mrs. Akiir Mayardit and her husband Museveni are so scary of the Nuer and can use every weapon including nuclear bomb against the Nuer if they find it. They are mad dogs who do not care about international ban on use of such weapons. Look, Museveni used six helicopter gunships to attack the Nuer in a single battle, something even north Sudan did not do in a single battle with the SPLA.

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        • 13 February 2014 06:45, by chol

          Idiots Mi Diit you deserve cluster bomb.

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        • 13 February 2014 07:19, by Whortti Bor Manza

          Bro. Mit Dit, you are absolutely right. What is left for Dr. Riek is to mobilize South Sudanese from all sorts of life: WBGS, WES, CES and EES. We tested these thugs in 1985 in Wau. They are never brave fighters. Cold blood murder and violence are their norms. Why have they depended on the UPDF, JEM, SPLM-N and Congolese mercenaries if SPLA is so powerful? They should answer this simple question.

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          • 14 February 2014 03:03, by Dinkawarrior

            Whortti or Bheermacatiok!
            Listen: you praise Mr. Mitot who just murdered your people lesse three months ago and you turned against Dinka. You will for your own eyes. Dinka is now United against the internal and external enemiese. Mark my word, there will be nothing call Nyigat anymore in South Sudan. Shame on you. Dinka brought you out from darkness and you turned against him.

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      • 13 February 2014 17:41, by moto


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    • 13 February 2014 08:34, by Johndumo14

      The USA demanded the withdrawal of Ugandn troops from S.sudan!!
      Why can`t USA demanded the withdrawal of France troops from CAR(central African Republic)???
      What is the differrence betweent Uganda troops and France troops? Are Ugandan troops have no interests in South Sudan.
      Only the colonial troops have interests in CAR(central African Republic)???

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    • 13 February 2014 08:42, by Johndumo14

      The france troops must witdraw from African soil,mean while UGANDAN TROOPS HAS GOT THE RIGHT GO ANY WHERE IN AFRICAN CONTINENT!!

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    • 13 February 2014 08:56, by Johndumo14

      Washington must tell france to withdraw from African`s land.
      Not Uganda troops!!
      These countries have many things in common,Uganda and s.sudan
      In their border almost tribes from both countries speaks same dilects,infact is one country ,is only the thieves (British and france) who divided them in colonial times.

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  • 13 February 2014 06:06, by Joseph Canada

    Even the Northerners themselves didn’t use the cloister bombs during the war but Kiir have the guts to give the Ugandan Government the right to use the cloister bombs on the South Sudanese people for the safety of his tribe!. This is a clear message to the World that this president doesn’t care about other tribes but the Dinka in South Sudan. The man must go! These ROSS case need the World body

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    • 13 February 2014 06:20, by Chol A.

      Well, enemy is an enemy n no matters what weapon should you used went you fight to defeat your foe! If cluster bomb are use it ok because it a fight and you don’t have to chose that we need to use this to fight with it! What stupid words to says yah Nyigaten? It will be use thousand of time if SS has it to defeat you common preside in us.

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    • 13 February 2014 08:23, by mathem jech amer

      joseph canada
      You are bullshit. Don’t about other tribes but NUERS.there are no tribes fighting the government except Nuers. The government is not Dinka government, president is Dinka but vice and other ministers are various tribes, pls die alone, don’t die with other tribes.

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  • 13 February 2014 06:06, by Joseph Canada

    Even the Northerners themselves didn’t use the cloister bombs during the war but Kiir have the guts to give the Ugandan Government the right to use the cloister bombs on the South Sudanese people for the safety of his tribe!. This is a clear message to the World that this president doesn’t care about other tribes but the Dinka in South Sudan. The man must go! These ROSS case need the World body

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    • 13 February 2014 06:33, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      These cluster bombs were given to white army by unmiss. spla had never had the time to plant mines let alone clusters.

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    • 13 February 2014 06:37, by michael coma

      Cluster bombs are good for white army as they are termites.Not even cluster bombs but we have to use biochemical weapons against them.

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    • 13 February 2014 06:41, by chol

      Ngundeng predicted that clusters bomb would be used against Nuers in this war,So you get what you deserve and there are more to comes.

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      • 13 February 2014 07:06, by Malakal county Simon

        The HARD FACT is that Nuer tribe can beat Dinka the coward tribe in South Sudan, with their eyes closed..... And that is the HARD FACT that’s any one cannot disputes!!!! Lol cluster bombs????

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      • 13 February 2014 08:54, by michael coma

        Ngundeng predicted that Riek Machar will die under tree in Jonglei state.He predicted that Nuers will committed suide against govt and white army are the ones who will kill Riek Machar.

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    • 13 February 2014 07:07, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      The condemnation aims @your so called white army under the command of prophet of doom your evil king, the civilians murderer, traitor Riek Massacrer, he was the one ordering the application of CLUSTER BOMBS in order to blocks the Mighty Army SPLA from recapturing our strategic towns from the hands of visionless blood suckers who ’re used to the killing of innocent civilians.

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      • 13 February 2014 07:36, by chol

        Idiots Nuers don’t cry that was Ngundeng prophecy coming TRUE,So deal with it fools.specially Mi Diit Who was beating drum of war way before December 15,so now you get it and I don’t means internet war.we will use any kinds of weapons we can get to kill the terrorist Nuers.

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  • 13 February 2014 09:22, by Gat-khir

    That (using cluster bombs)will not solve your problem. We want you to use biochemical weapon Mrs. Nyankiir Mayardit and your husband M7. Yet, this is not a cure. you must go and lead your Gogrial thieves. You massacre Nuer in Juba and you can’t walk away with it. Enough is enough.

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    • 13 February 2014 11:05, by Mohammed Ali 2

      South Sudan does not manufacture cluster bombs or any bomb.Bani-Ki-Moon should have enough courage to slam those who gave the bombs to SS , those who manufacture it!

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