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South Sudan’s Machar welcomes newly appointed UNMISS chief

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July 26, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Former vice-president Riek Machar, who leads a rebel faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement in Opposition has welcomed Ellen Margrethe Loj, the newly appointed head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and pledged to fully cooperate with her.

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The new head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Loj (Photo: UN/Staton Winter)

UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon on Thursday appointed Loj, a Danish envoy, as the new chief for the UN peacekeeping forces in the young war-ravaged country.

Loj will replace Hilde Johnson who is from Norway. Johnson served as top official in charge of the mission from July 2011 to July 2014.

The new envoy previously served as the UN representative to Liberia from 2008-2012. She also served as Denmark ambassador to UN, Israel and the Czech Republic, respectively.

The change of guards comes in the wake of the ongoing seven month old crisis in the three-year old country which has already killed tens of thousands and displaced over 1.3 million people since 15 December.

In its 7,182nd meeting held on 27 May in New York, UN Security Council (UNSC) passed resolution 2155 (2014) and extended its mandate until November 2014, increasing the number of peace keepers from 8,000 to 12,500.

The resolution partly stated that the Council responded to “great alarm and concern regarding the rapidly deteriorating political, security, and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan resulting from the internal Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) political dispute and subsequent violence caused by the country’s political and military leaders”.

The new mandate authorises “UNMISS to use all necessary means” for protection of civilians, monitoring and investigating human rights, creating the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance and supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement which the two warring parties signed on 23 January 2014.

However, there have been repeated violations to the ceasefire with both parties accused of breaching the 23 January truce.

REBELS READY TO COOPERATE

However, Machar said his group would continue to cooperate with the new envoy.

“We welcome her. We will fully cooperate with her in implementing the UNMISS mandate,” Machar told Sudan Tribune on Saturday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

He also commended the “great role” played by the outgoing envoy, saying her relentless efforts saved lives of people who have taken shelter in UNMISS compounds across the country.

Nearly 100,000 people are taking refuge in various UNMISS sites in the country in the aftermath of the 15 December crisis.

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  • 27 July 07:39, by George Bol

    Welcome to New UNIMISS chief Margret to South Sudan. The former Hilde Johnson has been working hard to destroy our new young nation, but the power of almighty revealed her true color when he tried to deliver weapons to rebel in Unity state. Good!

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    • 27 July 14:09, by Wensi

      Another Scandinavian!! Is South Sudan a share of Scandinavian countries. Something is fishy about that selection in the UN corridors in New York. Anyway, UN has become a body which is lobbied by certain nations to have power over certain nations. A Message to Margaret, behave yourself lady, otherwise young South Sudanese can tossed you out again like your predecessor.

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  • 27 July 07:53, by Madina Tonj

    Dear The NEW UNMISS & Representative appointees Mrs. Ellen Margret. We are very Please in welcoming you to our three years Old young nation of the Republic South Sudan. I would like to give you a good advice before beginning to assuming your Office in South Sudan. Please be aware that, the rebellion which caused lives and suffers is in the hand of Hilde Johnson simply, because she had generate it

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  • 27 July 07:54, by Madina Tonj

    Dear The NEW UNMISS & Representative appointees Mrs. Ellen Margret. We are very Please in welcoming you to our three years Old young nation of the Republic South Sudan. I would like to give you a good advice before beginning to assuming your Office in South Sudan. Please be aware that, the rebellion which caused lives and suffers is in the hand of Hilde Johnson simply, because she had generate it

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  • 27 July 07:54, by Madina Tonj

    Dear The NEW UNMISS & Representative appointees Mrs. Ellen Margret. We are very Please in welcoming you to our three years Old young nation of the Republic South Sudan. I would like to give you a good advice before beginning to assuming your Office in South Sudan. Please be aware that, the rebellion which caused lives and suffers is in the hand of Hilde Johnson simply, because she had generate it

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  • 27 July 09:04, by Mel mosa

    Dear Mrs. Margret, welcome to South Sudan. I believe South Sudanese are happy to have you. But I think every South Sudanese living right now in S Sudan, not politicians, are not happy with Hilde Johnson due to her response during Sudan and S Sudan crisis and South Sudan crisis of 12/15/2013. South Sudanese even accuse UN of cause crisis in S Sudan. Please do your best for all people in the country

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    • 27 July 09:29, by LL Reuben

      So Margret is the new commander in chief for Riek’s Rebels?... well that explains why the rebels are thrilled about her arrival to the country. She’ll have handful of things to do, I say good luck to her.

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      • 27 July 12:49, by Akook

        Margrethe, you are welcome but be careful dealing with a failed government that relentlessly engage in shifting their own messes on to UNMISS. They are bunch of failures who know only how to kill but cry loudly when you deligently investigate and act accordingly

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        • 27 July 22:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

          ST why do u think Dr Hopeless expresses his appreciation to the appointment of Ellen Margaret, the Chief UNMISS? Is it bcoz she is a aneighbor to Hilder Johnson and will follow her foot step? Ellen, remember dat Dr Hopeless Riek has no idea where RSS has come from and is heading bcoz he was in Khartoum.

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          • 27 July 22:20, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Remember dat we r going to Addis to have some fun so long as Dr Hopeless believes dat he can use violence to take over de top job in RSS. If Dr Hopeless fails to look at himself in de mirror, he will be able to see it clearly at de end of this year. When did he know about de SPLM/A who liberated him from Khartoum Islamic regime? He was forgiven to survive but not to rule RSS bcoz of his record.

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