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UN accuses South Sudan government of non-cooperation

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June 18, 2015 (NEW YORK) – United Nations (UN) has accused president Salva Kiir’s government in South Sudan of refusing to cooperate with the world body and continuing to harass UN personnel in the young war-ravaged country.

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UN peacekeepers in South Sudan with one of their helicopters (UNMISS)

This came in strong worded statements on report presented to the UN Security Council on Wednesday by Herve Ladsous, head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in South Sudan.

He explained the frustration to the world body, saying president Kiir’s government has been defying repeated requests to cooperate in the task of carrying out the UN mandate in the country where 12,000 peacekeeping troops, police and civilian personnel are involved.

The UN’s peacekeeping chief expressed his frustration with South Sudan’s leaders on Wednesday, explaining that president Kiir and his government have denied repeated requests for the UN mission there to use equipment needed to protect civilians.

“I see a country — and I can be very candid, that country is South Sudan — a country where we felt that we needed to do a better job to protect civilians," he said.

"We needed attack helicopters — request denied. We needed UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones] — request denied by the president to me, personally, three times last year,” he told the Security Council.

He said Juba has continued to harass its personnel in the country in flagrant violation of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which the UN signed with the government.

“Juba did declare some of our senior personnel persona non grata," he said.

"If you look at the fact that yesterday it was announced that from now on UN personnel who are taking pictures will be considered as spies, well, I think this raises a number of concerns.”

Juba recently dismissed from the country Toby Lanzer, the deputy head of mission and the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, accusing him of being outspoken about the economic and humanitarian situation in the country, where 4.6 million people face severe food insecurity and more than 2 million have been displaced from their homes.

Since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013, the UN has been sheltering and protecting more than 100,000 civilians at hastily set up camps inside UN bases across the country.

Ladous said the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was therefore dealing with a government that did not want to talk things out nor cooperate with requests aimed to facilitate the mission.

For the first time, the UN has publicly revealed that president Kiir did not attend a high-level meeting held by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, in New York in September last year despite Kiir’s travel and presence in New York at the time when he left Juba for such meetings in the US.

UN passed a resolution last month calling for sanctions to be imposed on individuals that are seen to be perpetuating the war and suffering of the populations in South Sudan. It has sent a team to South Sudan to designate individuals that should face the expected measures.

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  • 19 June 2015 09:05, by Son of Ngundeng

    Failure government.
    Kiir will die on 6/7/2015. Country will be secured very soon when his death come.

    Son of Ngundeng currently
    in front line Pathay Jonbglei
    ..........Stae...............

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    • 19 June 2015 11:34, by Mi diit

      Damn! So Salva Kiir wasted tickets and accommodation from the South Sudanese money to travel to New York but failed to attend that meeting.

      He was just hanging out in the great city of New York, drinking New Yorky alcohol and forgot about his duty and mission. Shame!

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  • 19 June 2015 09:15, by Maper

    Why does UNMISS need attack helicopters? Who are they going to attack? It’s not right for a peace enforcing/keeping UN force to be more equipped and armed than a country army unless UN is cooking something, thus needs proper preparations.

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    • 19 June 2015 09:42, by Eastern

      Maper,

      Kiir had all that money which could have armed him better but he squandered it on..........

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      • 19 June 2015 11:09, by Mi diit

        Maper,

        It seems you are behind the news. UNMISS has been given chapter 7, which allows it to use force against any body, including SPLA in defense of the civilians being attacked by the SPLA, etc. So it can use the attack helicopters to fight the SPLA too.

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  • 19 June 2015 09:23, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UN, is trying to betray the regime under President Kiir, on behalf of Dr. Riek but the government should not be change by UN system.
    the countries where UN entered are never safe in Africa, look Libya today and during Col. Gadaffi how did you look Libya without UN involved?
    UN is totally havoc body.

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    • 19 June 2015 10:15, by Panda Odhie

      i do not know why UNSC and it employee behave like children, they re against anybody right, thinking they are the right pple who thought better than other ,their decision shouldn’t be deny. what is the use of attacking helicopter.why are they making noise for no reason. nonsense!!!!!

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  • 19 June 2015 11:07, by Kenyang

    South Sudan needs to limit number of NGOs with aim of halting their activities altogther. Eritrea did and that country is still there. It looks like goons in UN find fertile ground for rising self profile by tashing South Sudan gov’t. Would these goons say same in North Korea or somewhere else? There got to be red line.

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  • 19 June 2015 11:16, by Padiet Deng Alony

    UN is going crazy, is it agreed in Status of Forces Agreement(SOFA) that UN will bring attack helicopter, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. This is a soveriegn nation and any attempt from un will be a disasterous.

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  • 19 June 2015 11:38, by Thondet Manyang

    USA Security Council faked UNSC has the plan since 2013. There no point of threatening the gov’nt. God of South Sudan is listening. They confused middle East and they are coming to Africa as the testing ground for purchasing helicopter attact. They are campaigning for arms embargo while bringing heavy artillaries in like mines of 2014.

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  • 19 June 2015 12:05, by Uncle J

    The UN in South Sudan is not free from spying into govt activities. In North Korea’s law aforeigner is not not allowed to take a photo I don’t know why the UN is making it an issue for South Sudan banning UN personal taking photos. To stop spying a government have to take that action.

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    • 19 June 2015 13:06, by Malakal county Simon

      Foolish/primitive president of Juba SPLM/A Faction, is sinking unknowingly...... Cheers to that......

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    • 20 June 2015 18:42, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Remember,what happened in Ivory Coast when president Laurent Mgabo was topple using peace-keepers,this is a different country,thanks God all spiers are manageable and their subversive activies must be contain.No worry!

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