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March 19, 2014 (JUBA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping department has accused the government of South Sudan of "negative campaign" towards the world body and urged the Security Council to intervene to discipline those responsible in the new country.

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The UN chief of peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous (Photo: AFP/Federic J. Brown)

Herve Ladsous, in a briefing to the Security Council in New York on Tuesday said the government of South Sudan has resorted to harassment against peacekeepers, UN personnel, restriction of activities by the world food programme as well as organizing demonstrations against the leadership of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

"There has been a negative campaign against UNIMISS and its leadership in South Sudan which seems systematic and organized," he told the Security Council.

The latest stern warning against the new state indicates how relations between the world body and its new member have turned sour.

The top security chief accused Salva Kiir’s government of inciting dislike of the United Nations personnel using the 5 March seizure of land transport of weapons belonging to the UN contingent as a reason for the negative campaign, adding that the government also failed to cooperate in this regard.

"We offered to the government to conduct a joint investigation, to prove our good faith and provide full transparency. Unfortunately, the offer was declined," Ladsous further charged.

He also told the UN Security Council that Salva Kiir’s government has failed to release the four remaining political detainees of the ruling party, a demand by the opposition group led by Riek Machar, in accordance with the 23 January agreement signed in Addis Ababa by the two parties.

However, South Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Francis Deng, responded, saying president Salva Kiir "was very grateful for the role played by the UN in the country," adding that the country “has nothing to gain" but would "lose everything by alienating the UN."

He blamed on "trauma" the recent negative attitude against UNMISS in South Sudan, but promised that the situation will be corrected.

"It is to the trauma, frustrations, pain and anger caused by the devastating violence that broke out on December 15, 2013, that much of the negative public outcry against UNMISS should be attributed,” he pleaded.

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  • 19 March 2014 13:56, by Mi diit

    Ahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...

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    • 19 March 2014 15:46, by Ayom Ayom

      As long as exchange of accusation still continues, the poor man will die

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    • 19 March 2014 15:56, by Ayom Ayom

      It’s look like government may not want rebels to hold big Town for long such as Malakal, Nassir, Ulang, Maiwut, etc

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    • 19 March 2014 18:41, by Gen.Quack

      Midit is UN a parallel government in south sudan or nuer is part os US, US is far distance away from south sudan, in which south sudan is not a part of it , but the felt short of naming south sudan a us state, there fore the proxy being played by us had been known seen and then there fore we as the people of south suada we can accept what riak is doing, foolishness can,t be preaches but a personal

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      • 19 March 2014 20:12, by Mr Point

        The UN is now providing food and security to over 75,000 civilians in South Sudan.
        Kiir’s government is paying mercenaries to kill civilians in South Sudan.
        It does not make sense. Was this why the civil war was fought for 22 years?

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    • 20 March 2014 05:42, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Riek has,forgotten and underestimate the power of SPLA the gov.troops.
      Now the SPLA must follow them up to Nassir,Akobo and pibor ,these Counties must be brougt under gov.control ,so the civilians in these counties can start farming and children can go to school.
      Conguratulations TO SPLA ,Teach Dt Riek and his village White army a lesseon they will not forget!!

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    • 20 March 2014 06:16, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Do not worry about what come out of this confused gay man mouth, South Sudan will not kowtow to their foolish utterances what so ever.

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    • 20 March 2014 09:03, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar spokesman says,our forces have withdrawn from Malakal for tactical reasons. We will however retakethe town soon.You talk like stupid person,come even if you come 100 times,you are the loser after all nuer children are to suffer,no food ,no education,This is not the first time SPLA are at war with only Nuer rebels,they did in 1991 and they will do it Again even if you join Bashir.

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  • 19 March 2014 15:10, by Niggorota

    Critical and progressive thinking is always the key to solving any problem. But the way Makuia and Ateny are running the show will lead us to no where.

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  • 19 March 2014 15:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Herve Ladsoue, came to Riek Machar before he contact country leadership. He was already briefed by the rebels leader Riek Machar, that’s why he leased poor message to mad body known as UNSC, the useless organization.

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  • 19 March 2014 18:09, by American Missile.

    Herve Ladous has been pay 3 millions USD to support Rebels and he was pay through Hilde Johnson who came into South Sudan for being a SPY rather than UNMISS Representatives.
    People of South Sudan and God will not allow us to be destroyed by the idiots ones. Shame on you and May God curse you.

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    • 20 March 2014 19:22, by Sir King

      I have been telling foolish people including thickminded President Salva Kiir to campaigning against world body but they don’t want to stop. Alcohol is always telling him to send his cattle keepers of Warrap to demonstrating against UN. Foolish indeed!

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      • 20 March 2014 19:34, by Sir King

        Salva Kiir has spoiled beyond repair. But as a guy from poor family with poor brain, he fails to realize his poor and foolish motives against this nation. Does Salva Kiir think that the World Body, UN is stupid like him. I blame being borne in South Sudan to rule such a useless leader who does not think outside the box.

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  • 19 March 2014 21:04, by Zeki

    Dear All
    Not about all UN Agencies, disputed is UNIMISS. The UNIMISS mandate work went there is war and if there is no war no UNIMISSA. The other UN agencies having no any mandatory like, UNWFP, UNFAO, UNHCR, UNICEF AND etc, the UN that has problem is UNIMISS, but the others are ok.
    Herve is not reliable, why mention about the release of political detainees and this is beyond is mandate shame on h

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    • 20 March 2014 19:43, by Sir King

      Zeki, you write foolishly and sheepishy like your stupid leader Kiir. And I know you are from Warrap state.

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  • 19 March 2014 21:23, by Jubawe

    Tutbol
    i don’t know what kind of bully you talking about, if you lost mind like Kirr better run after food for your family and let Kirr Governemt resign 2let development reach your village or jungle.
    1- UN is feeding your orphan family in village
    2- US brough CPA for you not gun brought CPA
    3- EU donate fund for Orphan people Village
    4- Kirr looting Public fund
    5- Ugandan stealing SSudan resourc

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  • 20 March 2014 05:00, by hellonearth

    Now the big dog has barked. Some of the people who have been making noise in juba will start shitting on them selves when they start being sanctioned. I love this. Death to Salva Kiir and his likes.

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  • 20 March 2014 07:49, by Agutthon

    The UN brings food and landmines to the displaced thanks to the UN.

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    • 20 March 2014 08:37, by Frak Cho

      Where UN body is, suffering becomes a routine of live. The rebels used UNMISS armoured tanks against government soldiers in Bor town but UNMISS was naive on this. This time seizure of weapons in Rumbek and UNMISS can’t condemn their act but blaming the government.

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