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S. Sudan army claims UN peacekeepers harbouring rebels in Juba

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September 19, 2016 (JUBA) – A spokesperson for the South Sudanese army (SPLA) has openly accused the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) of “making South Sudan very conducive for rebellion”, an allegation the world body rejects.

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

Lul Ruai Koang claimed armed men emerging from UN-manned Protection of Civilians Sites (POCs) attacked the police and army in Juba last week.

The attack, he added, comes at a time when the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was airlifting rebel fighters fleeing South Sudan.

“They [UN] put the guns in boxes, they have been loading them on a plane and the SPLA-IO fighters are boarding the plane and this is very serious,” Lul told reporters.

“So UNMISS and the UN are making the environment very conducive for a rebellion to flourish, and they have become a party to it,” he added.

But UNMISS dismissed the accusation and “notes with concern recent accusations made by the SPLA of UNMISS of supposedly fostering criminal activity and harbouring armed elements in the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Juba.”

“UNMISS rejects the allegations of impropriety in our operations, and in keeping with the UN mandate on protection of civilians, and the impartial nature of our actions; we would like to report that Thursday afternoon two SPLA soldiers in plain clothes entered POC3, where they were assaulted and held captive overnight,” said the UN.

There are more than 12,000 UNMISS forces in South Sudan operating under chapter seven of the UN to protect civilians. Since conflict out in December 2013, nearly 200,000 people took refuge at the UNMISS bases in Juba, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, Wau and Renk for fear of being targeted by government forces.

The peace agreement signed in August 2015 has not helped to convince the mainly Nuer ethnic civilians, the tribe of SPLM IO leader Riek Machar, that peace has returned to the country. Renewed clashes in July have threatened the agreement.

UNMISS said clashes first occurred at the vicinity of a checkpoint, a posted manned by the police, located north-west of the protection site on Friday, September 9.

“On being informed by the SSNPS that the checkpoint was under attack, UNMISS deployed a Quick Reaction Force to prevent the perpetrators from entering the POC site. The attackers withdrew from the checkpoint and, later in the morning, SPLA forces deployed to secure the area,” the world body further stated.

UNMISS said in both attacks at the government post, there was high cooperation and called on the South Sudanese rival parties to cease further hostilities.

“UNMISS condemns the continuing violence, and calls on all parties to respect the ceasefire agreement, to allow the country to move forward and put personal and political differences aside,” it said.

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  • 20 September 2016 08:17, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Protection of Criminals(POC), unmiss is the part of problem in South Sudan because their site became a safe haven for rebels every where in South Sudan

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    • 20 September 2016 08:39, by choldit

      It is a very naive to see criminals venturing in juba accusing world body of protecting their victims. How could UN hosted rebels with gun on site. Is it not becoz criminals thinks the world think like him or her. Wasn’t it one of SPLA govt LT. Col. Who defected and killed 12 SPLA govt b4 he joined his kinsmen of mandiri which he has prior contact with. Stop running around bush for scapegoating ob

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      • 20 September 2016 15:03, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        There is nothing so bad that UNMISS had not done in RSS. From the genesis of rebellion up to the agreement. The end will justify the means. Our gov’t is not lawfully serious with UNMISS’ irreverent activities that are not inline with their mission!!!!!!!

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  • 20 September 2016 08:58, by Gabriel KK

    Don’t be blindfolded by the word "PEACEKEEPERS" they are in fact, "WAR-KEEPERS". They are getting better dollars then what they had in their Countries of origin. The strategy is simple, restrict their movement and make sure every air craft is thoroughly checked before taking off. The warkeeprs are going no where. Their exit from this Country will be after oil depletion which is a long way from now

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  • 20 September 2016 09:32, by Dengda

    SPLA/M think the world body talk true at few minutes return back to your lies. UNSC is watching closely, their visited will end in vain, wait for Taban to come back after attending annually Un meeting, he will to of plan B, UN is continues to harass or hinder access as the mission was all about. Or on the plane Taban may change to lies In order to please his master.

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  • 20 September 2016 09:52, by Mr Point

    The UN should take a tough line with the Juba gangsters to end the violence against homeless civilians. The failing state has a history of interfering with humanitarian operations. There are unnecessary permits and charges to move essential supplies. There are violent attacks on IDPs and peacekeepers. Why did the SPLA try to infiltrate agents into the Juba PoC. UNMISS saved their lives!

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    • 20 September 2016 12:13, by Frak Cho

      The hard liners lack logic! Read this and analyst, "we would like to report that Thursday afternoon two SPLA soldiers in plain clothes entered POC3, where they were assaulted and held captive overnight,” said the UN. Unless those supporting UN lack brain, they can’t fail to see UN evil.

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