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President Kiir says ready for positive working relations with new UN chief

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January 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir expressed readiness and optimism of forging new working relations with the new Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, saying his administration appreciate and wants to enhance better working relations with the new leadership

“Sometimes situation creates misunderstanding, it creates confusion but with leadership, these challenges can be turned into opportunity to address the issues of concern. I extend you, your Excellency, on behalf of the people of South Sudan and the government the support your office would require so that we all work together in championing universal principles and ideals enshrined in the UN charter”, president Kiir said in a congratulatory message address to the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who assumed office this week.

Kiir said he would like the United Nations and other western countries to look at South Sudan as a member state with equal rights, sovereignty and leadership ready to work with the global community.

He said sanctions and arms embargo would not solve the problem but rather support for peaceful dialogue and nonpartisan engagement of the international community would address the conflict.

“We say sanctions and arms embargo would not contribute to addressing the issues of war, instead they will exacerbate and undermine the process”, he added in a 1st January 2017 message seen by Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The message is his first official reaction to a draft resolution by the United States, backed by Britain and France, seeking to impose arms embargo after it warned of a risk of impending mass atrocities and genocide.

The measure, however, fell short of the nine votes needed for adoption in the 15-member council.

Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Venezuela and three African council members — Angola, Egypt and Senegal, abstained from the voted after they all expressed serious reservations.

Activists and human right groups viewed the rejection of the arms embargo a setback for the United States, which helped South Sudan to gain independence in 2011 but has been unable to steer the country away from a war that erupted two years later.

If the proposal was approved it would have seen rebel leader Riek Machar, Chief of General Staff of the government forces and a key ally of President Kiir, Paul Malong and Information Minister Michael Makuei, put on a sanctions blacklist and subjected to an assets freeze and a global travel ban.

Japan, which has some 350 troops serving in the UN mission in South Sudan, has argued that the measures, if adopted, would antagonize President Kiir’s government and put peacekeepers’ lives at risk.

Opponents of the sanctions point to Kiir’s call earlier this month for a national dialogue process to restore peace, saying that initiative must be given a chance.

However, the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was backing the U.S. push for sanctions on South Sudan, saying an embargo would reduce the capacity of all sides to wage war.

"If we fail to act, South Sudan will be on a trajectory towards mass atrocities," Ban told the Council. The proposal provides for a one-year ban on the “supply, sale or transfer” of “arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment” as well as spares parts.

The world’s youngest nation, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and more than 3.1 million people displaced.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power argued at the time of failing to secure the support of other members that all sides were mobilizing for more fighting and that action was needed to prevent a bloodbath.

"The situation is not getting better, but worse, and we are sitting on our hands," Power told the council on Monday. "Large-scale attacks could start at any moment."

Russian Deputy Ambassador Petr Iliichev expressed different view of the warning and cast doubt over warnings of a risk of genocide, arguing that criminal groups and "undisciplined" troops were responsible for mass violence, and not the government’s policy.

There is growing alarm over the humanitarian crisis in the country as the conflict enters its fourth year.

More than 6 million people — half of South Sudan’s population — are in need of urgent aid and humanitarian organizations expect this number to rise by 20 to 30 percent next year.

Some 1.3 million South Sudanese have fled across borders as refugees, including 383,000 who have fled to Uganda since July, according to UN figures.

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  • 6 January 22:33, by Eastern

    ....and what happened with the former UN chief? Kiir’s a fool!....

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    • 7 January 05:52, by Midit Mitot

      No more confusion to any UN representative to South Sudan since the world knows your weak leadership ayaaaah Mathiang Anyoor president.

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      • 7 January 09:15, by Akuma

        Mitot

        UN New leadership will help to stabilize South Sudan in peaceful manner compare to old regime of Ban Ki-Moon who UNMISS are mean of regime change in South Sudan. All doors for Arm embargo and sanction are being shut down.

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    • 7 January 07:41, by dinkdong

      Just like he thought the U.S. President-Elect will solve South Sudan issues, he thinks the incoming UN Secretary General will go along very well with him. What a fool?! He don’t know they are not dictators. Whatever they govern are govern by the law.

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  • 7 January 01:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Here is a criminal of a highest order trying to beg for good relationship with the universal organisation that protects the rights of international citizens from maltreatment of despotic, undemocratic national leaders. There is no doubt that Kiir knows what they are doing are wrong and there are consquences for that.

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  • 7 January 03:53, by ngadodo

    Criminal always know how to manipulate people mind, what Salva Kiir talk about reaction to newly chef of UN its nonsense he should resign in order to give room to peace if caring for ss.

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  • 7 January 08:57, by Dengda

    South Sudan now is like prostitute who settle for a man who give a lot. We can afford to have two giants clashed on our issue or host third world war in our soil. Russia, China and Korea are yearning for Third world war and they constantly undermining USA, Nato and allied as the world leaders. Russia hunting for support from poor in order to wage war and using Poor country soldier as ground troops

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  • 7 January 09:20, by Fair Man

    Let Kiir first form the Hybride court to try and punish the criminals who masterminded the killings of South South Sudanese from 2013 to date. On the other side, Kiir and Dr. Riek, after being accused by AU report of ordering unwarranted massacres at various frontlines, including Juba, should voluntarily report themselves to International Court, one after another. The courts in Juba can not try al

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