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July 29, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan has abruptly issued new directives instructing immigration officials at entry points to the country not to grant visa and other travel permits to members of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on arrival.

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

The 26 July 2016 letter entitled “Review of UNMISS” travel practices and bearing the signature of Lieutenant General Majak Akec Malok, and was addressed to the undersecretary at the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Joseph Ayok Anei.

“You inform UNMISS that all entries must be communicated to the foreign ministry through note verbal at least 72 hours before arrivals. Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Immigration will no longer grant visas on arrivals without prior notice as has been the practice,” the letter seen by Sudan Tribune reads in part.

The letter claimed the decision was a result of a number of discussions held between the foreign ministry and the United Nations mission in the country since 2015 in accordance with the status of force agreement (SOFA) and the current security situation which requires extra measures and the need to relevant security institutions on the entries into the country.

Thomas Kenneth, deputy spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs, confirmed the authenticity of the letter on Friday and asserted that the United Nations and other international organizations operating in the country need to respect and comply with the directives.

“South Sudan is sovereign nation and so UNMISS and other international organizations operating here should respect and comply with the laws and directives,” said Kenneth.

It is not clear why United Nations personnel are targeted by the alleged directives.

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  • 29 July 2016 22:58, by Mr Point

    Clearly, UNMISS, the United Nations is the only armed group in South Sudan which does not terrorise and victimise civilians.

    Is this why Salva Kiir has blocked them?

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  • 30 July 2016 02:11, by akid malual

    Here is go. South sudan is not a country role by the international community. Need the law of the land to apply to any one in the country including un and citizens

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    • 30 July 2016 06:34, by Khent

      Yeah, let’s all thank the heavens that the organization that sustains us does not rule us. SMH. The UN is by no means perfect but it has tremendously helped the people of South Sudan by greatly reducing the human suffering that the idiots in Juba seem to relish engineering. It might sound harsh but they all deserve to die.

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  • 30 July 2016 07:18, by Eastern

    The violent tribal kleptocrats in Juba never cease to amaze me! The same UN they loath at home in South Sudan is the same they want to lobby for support in New York. Are we not dealing with morons. http://www.eyeradio.org/tgonu-delegation-visit-hqs-york/

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