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March 1, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government has admitted recalling ambassadors from key countries, but denied its decision was due to their failure to convince the host countries that there was an attempt to overthrow President Salva Kiir’s administration in mid-December last year.

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South Sudan minister of foreign affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin speaking to reporters on Monday Feb. 24, 2014 in Juba (ST)

The country’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Benjamin Marial told Sudan Tribune that the heads of mission in Washington, Moscow, Addis Ababa and Brussels were recalled as part of a normal diplomatic reshuffle.

"The recall of the heads of mission from these countries is the normal routine in foreign affairs. They were recalled before for a briefing and they have been called for a general transfer within the ministry,” Marial said on Saturday.

"Some of them will go to new places. Others will come to the headquarters. It is a transfer within the ministry, which is the first transfer to occur in the ministry of foreign affairs," he added.

After his official visit to London in early February, the foreign minister claimed that he had convinced the international community of the government’s narrative that last year’s alleged failed coup attempt by former vice-president Riek Machar sparked off the conflict.

Marial did not, however, mention any specific countries that seemed convinced with South Sudan government’s version of events that occurred. Members of the United States administration said there is not enough evidence to prove the was a coup attempt on the night of 15 December.

The fighting between members of the presidential guard came after weeks of tension within South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), especially after Machar and others openly criticised President Kiir’s leadership, and further accused the latter of becoming increasingly dictatorial since South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

Machar, who denies instigating the uprising, said he now controls the soldiers who largely defected in the capital, Juba as well as the states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile. The ex-vice president now leads an armed rebellion against the government.

Talks to end the violence, which has killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced almost 900,000 people, have stalled over Machar’s demands that political detainees be released and that the Ugandan army withdraw and stop fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

(ST)

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  • 2 March 07:34, by Wicdail

    I can advise those diplomats for their safety, not to come back to SS and wast times with this useless regime led by a damp president who create this mess and have no ability to control its outcomes. Better for them to join the rebellion let by democratic minded leaders for better SS.

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    • 2 March 07:40, by Mi diit

      A sign of mistrust and diplomatic collapse in the poor administration of Mrs. Akiir Museveni.

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    • 2 March 08:02, by Chol Mading

      This is not a solution to our diplomatic shortcomings, it should start with Marial himself. We can’t afford lies and lies that run out of his mouth....he’s a total failure and corrupt individual. Marial if you are honest enough you should step down first and then recall those ambassadors. It’s you who failed to brief them in the first place...shame on you and Kiir himself.

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      • 2 March 08:11, by michael coma

        US is South Sudan enemy now so there is no need for putting another ambassadar there.Lets us leave Obama relationship alone and open new capters that will play role of SPLM.

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        • 2 March 14:30, by Tiger

          Michael Coma.
          I know most of us are frustrated with some of our allies because they have turned their blind side to our government and sided with the rebels while they themselves don’t even know who is Riek Machar,beside that our politicians within Juba should leave Obama party alone and turn a quick U-turn within American government and be more friendly with republican,without republicans (con)

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          • 2 March 14:36, by Tiger

            Without Republican Party,S.Sudan would be still today in Sudan,but thank God President George W.Bush helped South Sudanese to attained our freedom.

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        • 3 March 08:49, by Letigolight

          Michael,
          Your anti American feeling does not tally with our history, you could be an Alqaeda in Khartoum!
          I know South Sudan gov was under pressure to recall its ambassador from the US becasue the Obama Administration rejected their lies! Kiir is really struggling, can he stand America, you are finished, we need interim government, step down!!!!!!!

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    • 2 March 10:49, by Mayom County Boy

      CQ it does n,t matter either US is intervene or not. Please let us be caution on that.

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    • 2 March 17:12, by swassy

      SOME DOCTORS SHOULD CHECK THE EYES OF THIS FM

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  • 2 March 08:24, by Tata

    Calliing Washington and Addis diplomats for breifing is waste of time. Rebels are sturbon due to Obama’s option to remove Kiir in favor of Machar, who will grant America unconditional exclusive contract to explore S.Sudan’s oil reserves.
    Mr President, GOD doesn’t reside in Washington that you have to obdietly follow its dictations. God is everywhere, in N Korea, China, Russia and even in Iran

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  • 3 March 08:50, by Ajongtar

    Well done Job Marial, first of all, the former FM Nial Deng has failed the South Sudan Foreign policy, now you are there I believe that things will be fine.
    There is a need for you to stream the countrys foreign policy in place.
    Bravooooooooo Marial you are a man of Vission.

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