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South Sudan acknowledges resignation of top diplomat

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June 4, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Wednesday admitted receiving an "unofficial" letter from its former ambassador to the United Nations, Francis George Nazario, confirming reports that the latter had resigned.

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Francis Nazario (photo ST)

“I have not spoken to him [Nazario] personally, but yes, he had sent the same letter which has been circulated in the media to the department in which he works”, foreign affairs spokesperson, Mawien Makol, told Sudan Tribune.

He said the diplomat only made an official request two weeks ago, asking to visit his family in Brussels, Belgium, and that he later learnt of his resignation through social media and news websites

“This was an official request which he (Nazario) signed”, Makol said, adding that the ministry had just embarked on the process of contacting the former UN diplomat over allegations that he had resigned in the wake of the mass defection of senior government officials and members of the country’s ruling party (SPLM).

Nazario has since confirmed his resignation to Sudan Tribune and said he had left the country.

In a 2 June letter, Nazario allegedly claimed he was unable to continue associating with the current leadership and government, but pledges to remain loyal to the country and was ready to work with anyone willing to bring peace and national reconciliation.

A united, democratic and prosperous South Sudan should be built, the letter stressed.

"Under the current situation, I find it extremely difficult to continue assuming my responsibility as a nationalist, who has always vowed to support the legitimate aspirations and just cause of the valiant people of South Sudan," it added.

Sudan Tribune could not get an immediate reaction from the ex-diplomat on the authenticity of the said resignation letter, despite several attempts.

If confirmed, however, the departure of this high level diplomat would be the first diplomatic farce for the country in its efforts to establish strong diplomatic relations with other neigbouring countries and the international community.

Nazario, who comes from South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state was one of the diplomats deployed to the country’s office at its permanent mission to UN in New York.

He was, however, recalled by the foreign affairs ministry after he voted in favor of the resolution that supported the right of self-determination of the Palestinians in 2012.

(ST)

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  • 5 June 07:44, by wang

    Tribalism govt is nearly ending….

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  • 5 June 08:00, by Tong dut

    @ Wang, that is the of dinka kingdom in south sudan.

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  • 5 June 08:03, by Jalaby

    Probably this guy didn’t get paid for so long, do you think Juba is able to pay the monthly salaries for their diplomats abroad?
    I believe this guy will soon apply for asylum if not already submitted it.
    I won’t be surprised if all southerns diplomatic in Europe apply for asylum and stay there because there is no country in the south!!

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  • 5 June 08:19, by wang

    Jalaby
    None of Southern Sudanese are getting pay in this country since December last yr….all money have been going to Ugandans and the rests to those of your rebels in North. Obviously, S. Sudan is a part of Uganda as you have seen it from news that always appears in Uganda website before Sudan Tribune….

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  • 5 June 08:32, by J P Puok

    Gadaffi time liked in Kiirler history mass defection and established public resources squandering before the take off God bless south south

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  • 5 June 10:06, by WendeMajok

    The quicker they resign, the better. That is already an employment opportunity to the redundant youth, after all they went there through nomination. They made the government their playing ground. Shame on you all!

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  • 5 June 10:27, by Letigolight

    This Kiir government will soon be left for cattle keepers, crooks and thieves that have no place in South Sudan! - these include, Makuei, Barnaba, Wani, grodon, Koriom and Kiir himself!

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    • 5 June 14:55, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Top government official are resigning, hahaha!!!!! Salva must quit the Country now.

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  • 6 June 01:39, by Philosopherking

    For those who are still working with this murderous, government whose vision and mission is to murder his own citizens and steal public money, I, say it is not too late to be on the right side of history. By resigning from this government, you would have done South Sudan more service than the entire time you have been in government. Kirr and his thieves need to answer for our lost lives and money

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    • 6 June 01:47, by Philosopherking

      Bravo Francis, you have been on the side of the people of South Sudan and the people of South Sudan will be on your side all the way. You are a future leader of this country and do not associate your self with Kirr’s incompetent, nepotistic, kelptocratic, genocidal and failed government. Wani Igga and the rest, the choice is yours....Either you are with Kirr or with the voters; the people.

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