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March 12, 2014 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has accused authorities in the new nation of restricting its movements, saying it contravenes the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed by both parties.

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UNMISS troops from India patrol the UNMISS compound in Juba, South Sudan (UN MISSION/AP)

The mission, in a statement issued Wednesday, said it had become difficult to implement its mandate that dangerous a working environment existed for its staff in the country.

“The mission calls on all parties to respect the work of the UN and the inviolability of UN assets and premises,” partly reads the statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had exacerbated the already difficult living conditions, citing a situation in which heavy rains damaged several tents sheltering thousands of refugees at its camp in Juba, last week.

“Aid agencies responded with measures to improve drainage and shelters in the site, and will assist people to move to plots in the UN House base later this week,” Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the Secretary General told a briefing in New York.

All efforts were reportedly underway by its South Sudan mission to find ways of improving the present conditions, by trying to extend current sites and constructing new ones.

“The displaced communities and the aid agencies supporting them expect to face similar challenges in several sites once the rainy season starts in earnest in April,” he further said.

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  • 13 March 09:32, by Mi diit

    Kiir’s reckless government wants to sabotage and fight against UN’s system for sure in the country. They are taking very wrong steps against the world body. Kiir should learn from other governments who took wrong fights against the UN. Officials in Juba have become mad dogs for sure. They are taking a wrong move and will soon reap what they are sowing.

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    • 13 March 10:05, by Ayom Ayom

      I think the government of South Sudan is fair on handling UNMISS mandate, go to Khartoum and Darfur region areas where UN operate in Sudan, UN Personnel are dying everyday of attack by unknown gun men. in Khartoum or darfur, any activity or movement for UN has require a joint security escort, UN forces cannot move without the presence of government security forces.

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    • 13 March 10:21, by Projector

      Mi Diit!! What is World Body? Is South Sudan not part of World Body? UN is playing dirty game on South Sudanese, restriction is not even enough, just eliminate them from our country and we solve our own problems. UN is the one fueling this tribal War.No room for them to operate freely, supervise them closely whether they complain or not.South Sudan belongs to South Sudanese not Dinka or Nuer idiot

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      • 13 March 10:25, by Projector

        Cont..Who are fighting without clear motives. We shall get our good friends to share national problem with without any condition attached. "Out UNMISS Peace in RSS" PERIOD

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        • 13 March 13:36, by John mamer

          well done the so called UNMISS IS A CURSE to people of south sudan, Dr Riaak-machar is a traitor of south sudanese people and will never be president of this land whether through bullet or ballot.

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    • 13 March 14:32, by Mapuor

      UNMISS mandate has expired,leave us alone.

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    • 13 March 17:53, by Gabriel Ajak

      If UN not helping South Sudan they better leave the country.

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    • 13 March 22:05, by agondong

      Hi bro , stop blaming the government if u could be the president of this country what will do in a situation where UN giving weapons to rebel inciting people to kill themselves . Thinks critically and people may like u .

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    • 14 March 22:16, by Johndumo14

      The brake out of this rebellion on the 15 Dec.2013 is because there is no balance in the military,we have more 65 tribes in South sudan,mafority of the army are from Dimka and Nuer.
      TO ABOID ANOTHER WAR IN THE FURTURE,THERE MUST BE A BALANCE IN THE ARMY,ALL TRIBES MUST BE REPRESENTED IN ALL SECTOR OF COMMAND.THE ARMY MUST PROMOTE NATIONLISM NOT TRIBOLISM!!!!

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  • 13 March 17:35, by Aguj-raan

    Besides restricting their movements, There should be joint movements SPLA & UN toe to toe until when their contract expire, after that RSS shouldn’t renew that contract, The UN can just leave SS peacefully, also SS intelligence needs to start using surveillance technology like Taping phones, monitoring emails, using Drones in conflict areas, they can get help from China to implement this system.

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  • 14 March 06:41, by Positive Thinker

    My question to any body who is advocating withdrawal of UNMISS from the Country will help to bring to an end the crises created by visionless leadership? I am coming to believe that South Sudanese are people who cannot learn from anything. Which one should we avoid clasping nation or government? If the government clasped and the nation remain another government will come. But when nation clasped

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  • 14 March 06:47, by Positive Thinker

    Cont... That is the end of a Story. We should begin to think as nationalists, nationalists do not thinks of their own tribes, but of their nation. Kiir was a national leader before he turns dictatorship, now he is just mere tribal leader. No body respect him any more, but of course people fear him because he can kill any one who does not fear him. So he is a terrorist by all standard.

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