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US condemns attack on UN base in Jonglei

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April 19, 2014 (JUBA/NAIROBI) - The United States has strongly condemned the recent attacks by armed groups on civilians sheltered at a United Nations base in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

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Civilians fleeing violence seek refuge at a UN camp in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, in South Sudan (AP)

Heavily armed gunmen, using rocket propelled grenades, reportedly stormed the UN mission compound and opened fire on nearly 5,000 internally displaced persons sheltered at the civilian protection site.

“This brazen, inhuman attack on unarmed civilians resulted in the deaths of at least 20 civilians and the injury of more than 70 others,” said Samantha Power, the US permanent envoy to the world body.

“This latest outrage against the people of South Sudan is an affront to the international community and violates fundamental principles of civilian protection,” she added in a statement.

The US special envoy, however, urged all parties to regard UNMISS sites as inviolable, and should afford protection to citizens sheltering at those locations.

She further said the US government would work with its international partners to establish who was responsible for – or complicit in – this horrific attack and seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“We reaffirm our steadfast support for UNMISS and applaud its personnel who, under tremendously challenging conditions, continue to try to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance across South Sudan,” noted the senior US official.

“We urge those countries that have committed additional forces for UNMISS to work with the United Nations to accelerate their deployment,” she added.

Both parties to the conflict, Samantha stressed, should stick to the terms of the 23 January cessation of hostilities agreement, lay down their weapons, and engage constructively in inclusive political negotiations led by the East African regional bloc (IGAD).

“South Sudan’s leaders must put the safety and wellbeing of their fellow citizens above their own short-sighted political and economic interests, or risk the future of their country, the welfare of their people, and strong international consequences,” the observed.

SPLM-SEVEN CONDEMN ATTACK

Meanwhile, the seven members of South Sudan ruling party who now live in Nairobi, Kenya equally condemned in the strongest terms this killing of innocent civilians on the basis of their ethnicity.

“There is no doubt that this callous attack was instigated by some senior government officials in Juba who hail from Bor County,” partly reads the group’s statement issued this week.

“The killing of civilians is a crime against humanity and a serious breach of international humanitarian law,” adds the statement, which bears the name of its spokesperson, John Luk Jok.

The former detainees also urged the UN to conduct thorough investigation into this horrific attack, in compliance laws with such as the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949, which South Sudan ratified.

“The government is responsible for the collapse of law and order in the country through its negative policies and inability to protect the lives and property of the citizens,” the group said.

The former detainees, in their release, also called upon the UN, African Union and the IGAD regions to speedily intervene in the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in South Sudan where millions of lives are still at risk.

They also welcomed the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry, under the chairmanship of ex-Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, but urged the Commission to speedily start its work given the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the country.

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  • 20 April 09:35, by Malou Manyiel

    John Luk Jok, you also have a hand in the failed rule of law in this country. When you were then a minister of justice, what did you do? You fail to organize elections both in Unity and Lakes states as stipulated in the interim constitution of South Sudan. You were even asked by the parliament but refused to do so. Therefore, when you talked of the failed rule of law, you are also inclusive.

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    • 20 April 10:01, by Mi diit

      This group SPLM-7 is opportunistic who waste time waiting for manna to fall from the skies. Kiir and his group will not listen to verbal threats unless you join the armed resistance to remove him. You will be sidelined in the talks, contribute nothing to remove this brutal dictator. Talking to a deaf man without tough tangible actions is a waste.

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      • 20 April 10:46, by william

        Stupid midit or mitot your ugly mobilization for more people to join nuer useless war had failed and it will remain as nuer rebellion as your usual business. Only your former husband criminal bashir is the only haven for you to run to, still it will not your identity of being food fighters and tribalistic.your west in-laws plus will not and will never going to make triator riak as a president neve

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    • 20 April 11:10, by Tong dut

      Dinkas are problem to themselve, More them 112 killed at warrap state for catlle, was it Nuer?
      Woh gave guns to Dinkas? Now they have put president Kiir into
      Hot water,More killing is caming with tribes non Dinkas if they start it them selves.
      Taking tham food is looking for them to kill you,What a Heall.

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  • 20 April 11:43, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    UN had failed totally when civilians were first massacred in UN compound in Akobo last year UN kept quiet and now they are opening their mouths wide open ati they condemn the act, they were the one giving civilians chance because if people enter and they keep quiet then people take advantage so what happened in Bor is because UN failed to react to Akobo incident where people were killed

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    • 20 April 12:54, by Maguangdit

      Have anyone seen Nuer lunacy and intention of their evil campaigners?. They posted the photos of previous innocent and unarmed Dinka civilians Nuer terrorists summarily executed at the UN Compound in Akobo and portrayed them as Nuer killed in Bor. Criminals, your intention is known daily; nobody will waste time about your damn tribal war. We will not spare dogs or bitches if we accept it your way

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  • 20 April 11:47, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    John Luk Jok you should talk like a lawyer but not like a mere man from Wecdeng,you said the act of killing was a influence from politicians from Juba which mean last year attack in Akobo was planned by you because you are an area of MP of that county

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    • 20 April 12:19, by J P Puok

      my sympathy to our brothers the Bor by being blackmail by the Awan chan dirty game of implementing their hidden agenda of announcing the Nuer massacre in Bor UN in their names in the person of Makuei and Philip. now suppose the white Army enter Bor today what will be fade of Bor IDPS in Awarial and Bor itself?

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  • 20 April 19:31, by Kim Deng

    I’m seeing dead people walking inside UNIMISS camps especially those in Juba and Ngundeng City (Mading Bor). I wonder why they refused to evacuate that CONCENTRANTION CAMP when Gen. Tiger Gatdet’s warriors were in the town for more than 3 weeks. Their next taget is those officials who appear to be from Nuer tribe including John Kong, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, Dr. Gai Yoh, Lt. Gen Gathoth Mai...list.

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    • 21 April 08:06, by Ross

      My Dear
      You are calling those young generations in the Camp as dead bodies, but on the contrary these are those who will take you to heaven alive. What happened in Juba must be reveal by them and believe me if they come out you and all Dinka will be buried alive. So shout your mouth and look for your shelter.

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  • 21 April 08:13, by Ross

    Dear Nuer
    Let us make sure that we sweep out Dinka in South Sudan, because they are not South Sudanese. Any things with link to Dinka should be destroyed. If we don’t reach Warrab and Bhar elgazal States, Dinka will not know that we are as we are.

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