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Western diplomats condemn South Sudan’s attack against UN mission

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March 29, 2014 (JUBA) – Diplomats from different western nations have reiterated their support for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), condemning its government and opposition forces for threatening UN personnel in the country.

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The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Hilde Johnson (Photo: Getty Images)

“We strongly condemn the continued obstruction of UNMISS operations by Government and opposition forces and any threats to UNMISS personnel", partly reads their 28 March statement.

"We call on all parties to publicly denounce any actions against the mission, SRSG Johnson, and any UNMISS personnel”, the statement by envoys from the US, UK, Norway, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada missions, and European Union delegation in the country added.

Last week, the head of UN peacekeeping department South Sudan government of engaging in "negative campaign" towards the world body and urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to intervene to discipline those responsible in the new nation.

Herve Ladsous, in a briefing to the Security Council in New York on 18 March, said South Sudan government had resorted to harassment against peacekeepers, UN personnel, restriction of activities by the World Food Programme (WFP) as well as organising demonstrations against the leadership of the UN mission in the country.

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

The envoys also condemned the ongoing violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the Government of South Sudan, including restriction of movement, harassment, detention of personnel and seizure of UN properties and supplies.

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

The western diplomats described as “unacceptable” all threats and attacks on UN personnel and facilities, saying it may constitute violations of international law.

“We condemn the violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law that have resulted in the loss of lives, and internal displacements as well as refugees along the borders in neighbouring nations”, their statement noted.

“We express concern at the dire humanitarian situation and urge all parties to expedite as a matter of urgency the free, safe and unhindered access of humanitarian organizations for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to populations in need", it added.

UNMISS troops are currently operating under a Chapter 7 mandate, which allows the use of force to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of UN personnel and assets. Over 70,000 displaced people have taken refuge into the UN camps within the world’s newest nation.

The world body estimates that some 3.7 million South Sudanese are now "severely food insecure," while more than a million have been displaced by the violence. Estimates indicate that over 10,000 people have been killed in the country’s violence.

Meanwhile, the various envoys urged all parties in the South Sudanese conflict to engage constructively in the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD)-led negotiations.

“We are deeply concerned by ongoing violations by all parties of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and urge all parties to the conflict to immediately comply with that Agreement, and cooperate with the IGAD monitoring and verification efforts."

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  • 30 March 08:04, by Jalaby

    I don’t believe Sudan needs to participate since S Sudan is invited, Kiir and Bashir are brothers and Mr. Kiir will represent both countries LOL LOL!
    This is just a bullshit gathering with null outcome, and as usual, Africans will just receive promising and rosy dreams from white people!

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    • 30 March 08:17, by Mi diit

      Yes this is the kind of language the dumb Juba regime wants to hear.

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      • 30 March 08:20, by Mi diit

        “We condemn the ongoing violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the Government of South Sudan, including restriction of movement, harassment, and detention of personnel, and seizure of UN property and supplies”, the diplomats stressed.

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        • 30 March 08:27, by Mi diit

          That corrupt regime in Juba led by incompetent Kiir and his mentor Museveni will lose every diplomatic front in the whole world.

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    • 30 March 08:46, by Tong dut

      Let us not spoil our name in this web site, Any creature can make a mistake, no need to put it as a bleamed.

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  • 30 March 09:16, by Akol Liai Mager

    Simple questions: When will Hilde Johnson and her bosses in Europe tell South Sudanese people what her UNMISS’ weapons seized in Rumbek were for? Especially, can they tell us what they were doing in South Sudan with landmines, air defence missiles such as Sam7? Since when UNMISS needs air defence system since Khartoum’s NIF regime used it Antonov bombers to bomb civilian targets inside S. Sudan?

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    • 30 March 09:28, by Akol Liai Mager

      United Nations (UN), its militant wing, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and European Unions have black history against South Sudanese starting with their long time support to Khartoum’s Racist and Terrorist Regimes. UN gave its resources including transport cargo planes to NIF to use them against SPLM/A then and South Sudan government now. Time will come when UN will just be UN in SS.

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  • 30 March 09:25, by wang

    Genocide regime are losing everything. Without those above countries’ support, South Sudan is nothing

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    • 30 March 15:48, by Mapuor

      Nyagaats have been killing innocent South Sudanese from 1983 to date.Looting,raping,maiming and displacing innocent civilians is the version of democracy that they always fight for.Their PhD’s are only obtained for self aggrandizement and not for the benefit of their communities.How else could you describe a mechanical engineer who only engaged in igniting tribal wars upon his graduation.

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      • 30 March 15:55, by Mapuor

        dear Wang
        Genocide is exactly what you are doing in greater Upper Nile.UNMISS is deeply involved in your rebellion.They transported land mines and all types of portable weapons typical of guerrilla weapons only to be discovered in Rumbek.Is that peace keeping?.You will die in the bush for no one likes your traitor in the South.Bullets days are gone,just come and contest peacefully.

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  • 30 March 09:30, by Chol A.

    Simply UNMISS behave stupidly which does not sound good name of United nation. South Sudan considering UNMISS system as separate nation their nation rather than united it. If you UNMISS do not comply with South Sudan laws than let them leave or change such behaviour otherwise their personals still facing restriction.

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  • 30 March 15:10, by Uncle J

    Western world diplomats are more like vulchers with carcass, they always get their long noses into wrong doing of others. In this case South Sudan have to stand alone in order to resist western intimidation like other African countries that are being targeted by Western to bring them down. South Sudan with Uganda have to teach UNMISS bitch a lesson she will barely forget.

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  • 30 March 18:00, by hellonearth

    Tutbol and Tong Dut.. face the truth if your dinka Government was all good as you say it is then we would not be fighting each other don’t you think so? now enjoy the drums that you were beating. there is more to come. believe me Kiir will die like a Dog. God of South Sudan will make sure of that.

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