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April 19, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan revealed on Friday that the mandate of the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) will not be renewed in July without approval by its parliament.

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Peacekeepers guard UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei (file photo AFP/Waakhe Simon Wudu)

Responding to questions on the future of UNMISS, foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and his interior counterpart, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, told reporters that the government had submitted a request to the world body demanding that UNMISS’s mandate be reviewed.

"The council of ministers has already formed a committee headed by the minister of justice and others ministers and we have already written to the United Nations so that we can begin to review the [Status of Forces] agreement," said Marial.

"We have our lawyers who are looking at the agreement with the full involvement of the government. They will sit together with the United Nations to see if there are things to be added; things to be changed," he added.

The foreign affairs minister stressed that UNMISS mandate, currently under chapter seven, will "not just be a renewal without being reviewed" for the first time since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.

UNMISS was established from UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) formed in 2005 to monitor the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended over 20 years of civil war between Southern Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government.

Under the CPA, Southern Sudan held a referendum in January 2011, which resulted in South Sudan’s independence on 9 July 2011.

Interior minister Aleu said as a member of parliament in 2011, he had asked why the Status Of Force Agreement (SOFA) that established UNMISS with a strong chapter seven mandate to protect civilians protections was not brought before the parliament.

He added that most people thought UNMISS "was coming to protect the South [Sudanese] from the north [Sudan]." Since its independence, however, South Sudan has mainly witnessed battles with rebel groups and other armed forces.

"Up to now, it has never gone to parliament for rectification [...] but the [South Sudanese] constitution says it must be rectified by the parliament," said Aleu.

"If the representatives of the people say that thank for your protection but go, they will go. If they say will still need them, we will need them," Aleu added.

Relations between UNMISS and Juba government reached all time low early after fighting broke out in December, between soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar those supporting president Salva Kiir’s government, triggering a conflict that has displaced over one million people.

President Kiir in January accused the UNMISS of running a parallel government after his information minister was refused entry into the UNMISS camp in Bor because he was accompanied by armed bodyguards.

President Kiir later withdrew his criticism, saying the UN has always friend of South Sudan.

However, at Friday news conference hosted by minister of information Michael Makuei Lueth and flanked by foreign affair and interior ministers, the ministers criticised what they described as "individuals running the UNMISS but not the UN because we [South Sudan] are a member of the UN."

"We have to separate UN as an institution and whoever is coming to the UN [in South Sudan]. This government will accredit anybody coming to work in the UN. We don’t even where they come from, we don’t know their backgrounds and this is where problem is. But we are learning from our mistakes," minister Aleu said.

"We will accredit everybody including messengers coming to work here [in South Sudan] if we will allow them to continue," he added.

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  • 20 April 07:00, by Wicdail

    What a regime run it by fools? What is the different between protecting the South Sudanese from the perceived enemy [north Sudan] and the current killings in the South itself? If you got nothing to convince the world for the atrocities you committed, why don’t just apologies and dissolve that rotten regime so that an interim leadership take place? Better keeps the first one for a while;

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    • 20 April 07:06, by Wicdail

      Coun; than unknowingly frustrating the world body to take a military action against your ass. Who will really listen to this Stone Age politics? Believe it or not UN will never lease SS before you go first mark my words.

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      • 20 April 08:12, by Joseph Canada

        Wichdel, that’s the highest intelligence of our so called Government. God bless South Sudan

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      • 20 April 08:48, by Chol A.

        Wacidail nyagat and Joseph slave in Canada,Whether believe it or not Nuer militia of Reik made UNMISS to be their hideout. South Sudan will not accept another UNMISS contract because it became more enemy than any other enemies had in the country. UNMISS will not be assign to any African countries with crisis after living South Sudan because your altitud made them monsters behind crisis mark words.

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        • 20 April 09:34, by Mi diit

          When will these political fools in Juba understand that UNMISS will not leave whether they like it or not. Their actions attract even more UN forces to be deployed in the country. This is a genocidal regime that the world body should not trust. The resolution by the UN security council did not seek their invitation or consent first. UNSC imposes itself on countries led by irresponsible leaders.

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          • 20 April 13:11, by Maguangdit

            All Nuer and your supporters on Sudantribune, you all need medical care, you are too mentally sick to understand anything. UN, your husband, will go for sure. If they want you, they will relocate you to a third country unless they change from what they are now. We will soon send home those agents employed in the UN to cause this crisis. Period!

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      • 21 April 05:09, by Bentiu son

        Dear readers,it is obvious now that the government of foolish Dinka Bahr el Ghazal had been hijacked by Dinka Bor South hyenas,mongrels,chronic haters,gossipers,flatterers, cowards,corrupts and tibal mindsets those of Makuei Lueth, Kuol Manyang, Malaak Ayuel,Philip Thon Leek and Philip Aguer Panyang.Yes, drag your fools to hells before we capture you either alive or dead. Makuei Ngooth created mor

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        • 21 April 05:20, by Bentiu son

          enemies to brutal regime of Salva Kiir and his fools Dinkas elders from Bahr El Ghazal like Daniel Awet Akot, Tillar Ring Deng,Salva Mathok Geng,Alew Ayueny Alew, and dictator Malong Awan Anei and Nhial William Deng Nhial.Makuei Lueth created more tensions between Kiir’s government and UNMISS, Nuer v Dinka Bor South,Nuer vs Dinka BEG,Murle v Dinka Bor, Murle v Lou Nuer and so forth.Salva must rem

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      • 21 April 06:48, by ngadodo

        Crazy ROSSG, thinking reviews mandate UN in war tuned Country thinking of UN are they problem to them meanwhile doesn’t protecting ordinate civilian for killing own Country Military forces. which mean that there are invited UN intervention because UN DOESN’T going to leaves venerable to been Killing by incomplete Kiir, government for world watch.

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  • 20 April 08:05, by hamil

    These South Sudanese self proclaimed politicians are becoming too big for their boots. The only thing that will bring them on their knees are the sanctions yet to be imposed by United States. Should this happen many other countries will follow Suite

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  • 20 April 09:06, by Observer

    Without a UN mission in country, the aid money from many countries/donors will stop.
    Without the UN many internationals NGOs will leave and then who will provide food, health, education etc for the S Sudanese, as the S Sudan government is not doing this or capable of doing it?
    Without a UN mission what will happen to S Sudan’s economy?

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  • 20 April 09:25, by hellonearth

    Are These guys really serious? i feel like you are speeding up your own demise. the UNMISS has a clear mandate to do what’s right and for the good of mankind. this is what they are doing that you don’t want Aleu and Makuei. you don’t like people being given justice. you people will for sure go to ICC.

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  • 20 April 09:35, by Son of Ngundeng

    The rat need to catch the cat, but who will beggin to do that first? The same to the poor leadership of (Salva Liel Mii Diit) What i know Kiir will go back where his foot brought him, iether to anywhere else, if the government of this gangsters will not take care, they are going to test it biiter.

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  • 20 April 11:34, by Whortti Bor Manza

    These narco-idiot fools: Makuei Lueth, Aleu Ayini and their stooge Paulino Wanawilla do not understand what is UNMISS misssion and chap.7. The government should answer the simple question: who are those attackers who gunned down innocent women and children in the UN compound in Bor? Shame on you Salva Kiir, the blood of these innocent people will one day haunt you in your grave.

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  • 22 April 16:28, by Padiet Deng Alony

    no more chance for the so callled unmiss.
    Let our Goverment be in alert before they terminated unmiss in these three months may, June and July because unmiss will will lunch in them before they goverment made them their breakfast.

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