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UN completes investigations into weapons seizure in S. Sudan


March 21, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations announced Friday that its team had completed investigations into an incident in which South Sudanese security officials in Lake state seized trucks loaded with weapons destined for Unity state.

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Weapons seized by Lakes state secutiry officials from UN trucks in Rumbek, March 5, 2014 (social media photos)

"We have an update from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the work of the High Level Investigation Team that had been immediately sent to South Sudan to establish the facts concerning the incident on 5 March 2014,” said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesperson for the secretary general.

“The team has been on the ground for a week and has met Government officials, including at Rumbek [Lakes state capital]. It has also had extensive meetings with UNMISS staff and staff of other UN Missions from whence the cargo was shipped,” he added.

The UN team reportedly received constant cooperation from South Sudan government throughout its investigation mission.

“The team has now completed its work and is in the process of compiling its report, which will address why cargo containing weapons and ammunition belonging to and for the use of the Ghanaian Battalion was inadequately labelled and transported from Juba to Bentiu by road, contrary to agreed protocol with the Government of South Sudan,” Haq said Friday.

Its preliminary analysis and conclusions, he added, have been discussed with the Government of South Sudan and will be submitted to UN senior officials in New York.

“A series of measures, which will be communicated to the government of South Sudan, will be put in place to avoid any repetition of this error,” he stressed.

Relations between the Juba and the world body worsened in recent months after President Salva Kiir accused the latter of over-stepping its mandate and acting like a “parallel government”.

The dispute, however, deepened when 11 UN trucks were intercepted by South Sudanese authorities in Lakes state carrying a weapons cargo, triggering protests in the capital, Juba.

The UN maintained the weapons and ammunition belong to the newly arrived Ghanaian peacekeeping contingent, and had been inadvertently transported by road rather than by air after a labelling “error”.

But this has not stopped mounting criticism of the mission by South Sudanese on social media, with Hilde Johnson, the mission’s Norwegian head, being singled out.

The Ghanaian UN force commander has firmly denied claims the weapons shipment had been intended to supply rebel troops opposed to the central government.


The Norwegian government, last week, expressed strong disappointment with South Sudan government over its “unreasonable and groundless accusations” that the UN mission in the country was aiding a rebellion that began almost three months ago.

Norway became the first foreign country to comment on the row between South Sudan and the UN mission, which has over 8,000 peacekeepers in the young nation.


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  • 22 March 2014 08:47, by Mi diit

    Mrs Akiir’s government exaggerates a minor error to provoke quarrel with the UN. They hate UN reports on massacres, etc. But can this sick government afford to fight the world body? They are insane!

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    • 22 March 2014 09:01, by Toney Toney Matot

      Mrs Mi Diit Riek Machar ( Mrs James Gatdet Dak,
      you praised UN so Much because of their support to you. what do you mean by minor error on labeling? the evils behind the rebellion are spotted and their being in South Sudan was an agreement between UN and the government. bear in mind that they are not occupation force, we can kick them out any time.

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      • 22 March 2014 16:29, by padiit gaga

        we need to let our primitive president know the meaning of UN ,he does not know the meaning of UN, he wants to be enemy of world body he will be gone in the dust. he excused UN for nothing because he afraid with Rebel, UN carried his weapons to protect civilians does Kirr think UN should protect them with empty hands. those who elected this uneducated person killed us he will lead us to pit.

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    • 22 March 2014 09:27, by Projector

      Mi Diit!! Do you really know what exaggeration is? You said you are opposed to unlawful things and is wrong labeling/Waybill of cargo is being realistic to a country you operate in? I don’t thing your Donkey Master Machar will even accept this if he was in power and he likes democracy and good governance as he pretends to be fighting for. So the fact remains, no exaggeration.

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      • 22 March 2014 10:53, by Robot

        It is all nonsense, how can you mess the labeling while originally
        The bill of lading is the one used upto Mombasa, and
        To the two borders, indeed it was an ill motive,
        I personally welcomes the IGAD forces because they
        Shall b neutral much compared to UN, as I always said
        Rwandan genocide was planned in 2 years n executed in 100 days
        In the present of UN!!.

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        • 22 March 2014 10:58, by Robot

          If we don’t reason well on this, then
          Something horrible is awaiting this nation,
          The government should deal with this
          Thoroughly and puts it to rest, I hate this,
          We appreciate Norway minus Hilde but they
          Should understand there is a legitimate
          Government to be put in picture and has the right
          To scrutinize whatever procurement processes
          Of the UN.

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          • 23 March 2014 08:01, by Majongdit

            You made my day. Thank you .

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    • 22 March 2014 13:23, by Nhialahong’s Son

      MR. Mingdit,
      Your reasoning is always negative and this attitudes have been seen for long and is killing innocent civilians instead of your asshole. Kindly join the fight than writing on the web talking bullshits. Get out of that hide and join the no meaning fighters called White Army who does not reason future happenings.

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      • 22 March 2014 17:14, by Paul

        UN investigating its own mistake? Ridiculous! UN must b joking with not only the institutional IQ of South Sudan government but also with that of South Sudanese’s. Well, if that is what "His Excellency" Bany General Salva Kiir allowed then, all b sure everything will be okay. UN is too honest to cover its own ass if indeed UN investigation finds UN actually meant to ship the weapons to the rebel

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  • 22 March 2014 13:09, by Axiox

    So the U.N. is unable to read now? How does 11 trucks get filled with weapons and then labeled food? Who were the people that loaded these trucks and who signed off on the shipments? Last why were there land mines being shipped as well with the weapons?

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  • 23 March 2014 01:29, by Mel mosa

    The government of South Sudan always reluctant to pay attention to UN behaviors in South Sudan since problem of Sudan and South Sudan. It is now clear UN supporting rebels which means, UN behind the coop attempt. Therefore, UN is responsible for more than 10,000 dead in South Sudan.

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  • 23 March 2014 01:54, by Mel mosa

    I argue the government of S Sudan to list all evidences the UN made to support S Sudan rebels including evidences the UN support Sudan to kill people in S Sudan. These evidences must be read in UN head Quarter and must be air to the media for ever nation to know how UN kill South Sudanese. But I don’t think the government Can do that. The government of South S must terminated Head of UN in S Sudan

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