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S. Sudan accuses western diplomats of internal interference

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April 3, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese official has accused western diplomats of interfering in the country’s internal matters contrary to the globally-accepted diplomatic practices.

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South Sudan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Bashir Gbandi (thenile)

Bashir Gbandi, the deputy foreign affair minister told reporters on Wednesday that they needed clarification from western envoys regarding last week’s statement they issued condemning what they described as South Sudan government’s “obstruction” of United Nations operations.

“We are astonished to read such a statement which contains condemnations of the government (…) in public media without knowledge of the ministry of foreign affairs,” said Gbandi.

A number of diplomats were also paraded before reporters during the press conference, also attended by Charles Manyang, the foreign affairs undersecretary.

Last week, western diplomats from the U.S, France, Netherlands, UK, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Canada and the European Union (EU), “strongly condemned the continued obstruction of UNMISS operations by government and oppositions forces and threats to personnel.”

Minister Gbandi, however, said the envoys’ statement and channels chosen to disseminate it was “a negative trend in diplomatic relations and a grave violation of diplomatic practice and rules”.

“We [South Sudan] consider this [press statement by western diplomats] as a serious interference in internal affairs of the country,” he remarked.

“A diplomatic mission is required to carry out all its functions in accordance to international law and also in accordance with the laws and regulations of the receiving state,” added the deputy minister, quoting Article 41 (1) of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relation.

He challenged western diplomats to clarify on issues they regarded as an obstruction of the UN operations or violation of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

“We [South Sudan)] therefore need some clarification on issues of condemnation of the government and examples of where the government has been continuing obstruction UNMISS operation, violation of Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),” stressed Gbandi.

The ministry’s undersecretary, during the press briefing, also outlined areas where government has reportedly granted unrestricted access for the UN World Food Programme to deliver foods to displaced person in mostly rebel-controlled areas.

“The areas include Akobo, Lankien, Ayod, Nyal and Ganyiel among others,” said Manyang.

Sven Kuhn Burgsdorff, the head of EU delegation in the country, told reporters at the press briefing that he “appreciates the frankness and honesty of the discussion.”

“We underline of course that it remain a right of diplomatic missions to issue a press statement as we have done in the first,” added the envoy.

South Sudan recently stepped up search for UN vehicles moving throughout the country following last month’s seizure of weapon in their convoys declared as “general goods.”

The UNMISS admitted it was an “error” and instituted an investigation into the matter.

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  • 4 April 09:52, by Wicdail

    You and your primeval boss (Kirr) should trim those stupid goatees; and then come and tell us your stupidity. What sort of internal affairs,you talk about? Which interfering is better? A Museveni and his UDPF who kill the citizens of RSS with cluster bombs and gunships, or Western diplomats who save tens of thousands of innocent lives by providing protection and food as well?

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    • 4 April 12:03, by william

      Your in-laws were been trying everything possible to grant a known triator a chance to south but will take them sometime t implement that plan. There is no where devil can rule human.

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  • 4 April 09:53, by Peter Marko

    Such condemnation comes with no surprise to the vast majority of S. Sudanese, given the secret deals the traitor and backstabber has signed with his Western masters. The traitor has felt the heat in his ass, and the devil western powers are playing every trick in the book of diplomacy deception to save the ass of their #1 agent in the continent of Africa. Shame on the western devil powers.

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  • 4 April 10:42, by Jubawe

    If president Kirr now it,s internal affair why he let Uganda interfere in our internal affair, those kind of leaders shouldn’t be lead this nation, we respect them been fighting for freedom of Southerner but not leader the nation, Doctor can’t be engineer at the same time.

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  • 4 April 17:29, by Knight In Shining Armor

    What is really happening to the leadership in Juba? When your leadership was condemning the international body the UNMISS on your local medias and mobilizing the mass protest on streets of State capitals, what do you expect? You expect these nations to be like Uganda to jump in and support you too. I think something is lucking with the leadership in Juba.

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  • 4 April 17:42, by Knight In Shining Armor

    There is no need to cry Mr. Gbandi, the leadership in Juba has shown to the world how reckless they are and very soon, these very nations will declare that the president has lost legitimacy and must step down; and these is coming very soon Mr. Gbandi. Thus, you be careful in your words. Michael Makuei and others are already on the list of reckless drivers. Where is VP Wani Igga?

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  • 5 April 07:31, by hellonearth

    Gbandi

    How dare you mentioned this as internal issues, when you have Uganda, JEM, SPLA North and M23 in the country killing fellow country men? HOW DARE YOU? DEATH TO KIIR AND HIS LIKES

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  • 5 April 15:38, by Philosopherking

    What a shame, what a shame! These guys are out of touch with the reality that South Sudanese live in on a daily basis. South Sudan needs new leadership, in fact we need a new constitution. They way they are going, these guys can accuse anything from mosquitoes that are cause for their under-performance to the Nile River for taking too much water away from South Sudan.

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    • 6 April 14:20, by Frak Cho

      African leaders like Dr Riek Machar who has advantage of his education as a pointing stick to power can not and will never see that there is no independent for all African countries. The West controls Africa by remote control that’s why the West can’t accept their mistakes. South Sudan was even lucky to hear UN admitting the word ’’mislabelling’’ of container as an ’’error’’.

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