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South Sudan army denies blocking UN access to Pajok

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UNMISS peacekeepers from Rwanda wait to escort members of the visiting U.N. Security Council on Friday, September 2, 2016 (AP/Justin Lynch file Photo)
April 6, 2017 (JUBA) - On Thursday, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) dismissed reports that a team of peacekeepers that had been dispatched by the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were prevented from accessing Pajok by the government forces.

According to the Eri Kaneko, the UN Associate Spokesperson, the peacekeepers were heading to the area to investigate and verify the confrontation between the armed opposition and government soldiers. It has been reported that civilians were trapped and gang raped, while others were targeted and killed.

Speaking at a news briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Kaneko said their colleagues at UNMISS reported that UN peacekeepers were prevented from gaining access to Pajok in Eastern Equatoria by the SPLA.

The UN spokesperson said they had received reports of fighting between the SPLA troops and the opposition in Pajok. They are now trying to follow-up on reports of civilian killing in the area.

"The UN mission’s patrol was stopped at a checkpoint 7km outside Torit and was prevented from proceeding further. The patrol remained at the checkpoint in efforts to negotiate access,” Kaneko told reporters at the briefing in New York.

She continued to add that UNMISS was concerned with the reports and has called on the government to allow the mission access to Pajok with immediate effect, as per their obligation by the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) between the host country and the peacekeeping mission.

The agreement includes the protection of civilians and reporting human right violations.

In a separate statement Lam Paul Gabriel, the opposition spokesperson, said that the government forces attacked Pajok on Monday and burned down houses, raped civilians and help public executions.

Col Santo Domic Chol, the SPLA Deputy Spokesperson denied that their forces had attempted to prevent the UN peacekeepers getting into Pajok.

He claimed that the UN did not need permission from them and should coordinate their operations with the government, as stipulated under SOFA.

“All this is not correct. We do not have such reports from our forces on the ground. We did not block anybody from doing their work. The United Nations mission in South Sudan has a mandate which does not need us to tell them where to go. They have the mandate to go out and verify whatever they have heard, but I must assure you that we did not block them, Col. Chol told reporters on Thursday when asked to comment on the reports of blockage.

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  • 6 April 23:50, by Kush Natives

    SSAF blocked U.N. from going where? The way for U.N. to Geneva is wide open, if SSAF blocked them to Geneva, then they have a right to make noises, because that’s their headquarter. U.N. become a lice in South Sudan with less help, but, more problematic. I don’t know for sure why’s that?

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    • 6 April 23:59, by Kuch

      You are absolutely right Mr. Kuch Natives, this damn UN has becomes such a creepy organization. It long nose here in our country has becomes an utter nuisance indeed. In a war, people die and even civilian are often caught up in cross fires around the world and l don’t how is it going be different here in South Sudan?

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      • 7 April 00:05, by Kuch

        Two week ago, the US dropped a bomb on over 200 Iraqi civilians in Musol, killing them instantly while fighting ISIS terrorists. And damn UN talk about this, but the UN business here in South Sudan is considered different because we considered a US, UK and the UN and the NGOs protectorate. You ar right brother, the UN road to Geneva and New York is wide open and they are free to go.

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        • 7 April 09:01, by Dengda

          @ two kush
          I don’t know why you guys choose the name Kush and yet the name kush stand for new Sudan and peaceful coexistence and propensity. It naive of you to think UN is enemy of South Sudan.

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          • 7 April 11:03, by Kush Natives

            Dengda,
            Yes! We’re in New Sudan. Is the name kuch and Kush still questionable? I don’t believe our names would facilitate or help anything in South Sudanese issues.
            Thanks for asking!

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    • 7 April 01:36, by NDSS

      This same government will ask the UN and international community to fund a fake "national dialogue".

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    • 7 April 03:04, by Lokoli

      Kuch and Kush Natives. Continue to praised the evil government. You should be ashamed of praising army that kill and raped civilian. You do not deserved to call yourself SS. Do you think you will live forever that make you happy at the suffering of innocent people. Your are a curse to the nation.

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      • 7 April 04:28, by Force 1

        Lokoli;

        Your kind are the very same people who think that the government soldiers goes to the villages and murder innocent civilians who had done nothing wrong to the government. If your rebel soldiers are brave enough to attack the government soldiers; then you should be brave enough to not run to civilians and make them as human shield in crossfire.>>>>>

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        • 7 April 04:29, by Force 1

          >>>>>You sound highly irrational when you think that government soldiers go out there and killed innocent civilians! If you don’t want innocent civilians to be caught in crossfire; then don’t attack the soldiers and run to the civilians and hide among them!>>>>>>

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          • 7 April 04:30, by Force 1

            >>>>>If you can’t afford to fight government soldiers one-on-one; then don’t create rebellion; don’t take a big bite that you wouldn’t be able to chew!

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    • 7 April 06:33, by Eastern

      Kus natives,

      There is no SSAF in South Sudan! What we have here is the murderous and tribal gang of villagers under the name SPLA terrorising South Sudanese under the guise of upholding national soveignty. Go and showcase your ignorance elsewhere!!!!

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      • 7 April 08:46, by South South

        Eastern,

        You rebels are struggling to find the truth about what is going on in South Sudan. You can disagree and dislike the current government in South Sudan. It’s your right to do so, but what I am seeing in this forum especially from some Equatorians who were hiding outside South Sudan for 21 years is that they are the smartest and they must rule South Sudan, but wait a minute!!!! you to rule!

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      • 7 April 14:41, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        We are at war with jienge scoundrels and they without mercy will kill Equatorians. Similarly, it MUST be clear, that we must kill them wherever we find them. That simple. We are enemies and there is no sentimentality here. Just mobilize ourselves. This is a clear indication that Equatorians have taken a path on NO return to normalcy. The jienge must go!

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    • 7 April 06:33, by Eastern

      Kus natives,

      There is no SSAF in South Sudan! What we have here is the murderous and tribal gang of villagers under the name SPLA terrorising South Sudanese under the guise of upholding national soveignty. Go and showcase your ignorance elsewhere!!!!

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    • 7 April 07:32, by Modongo Mundra

      hmm!!just know that south sudan is relying entirely on UN and international community you know why, the country is running on smart Colonial system just because it’s not open we aren’t capable of taking good care of our citizens and developing our nation, what do you think UN can do ?? just remember south sudanese belonged to the world and has rights as someone else and the world’s leader will hel

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    • 7 April 11:29, by hamil

      Kush Natives is always the first to respond hahaha let me ask you do have something to do or you are one of those complaining about not getting jobs with the UN? Go out buddy and look for a job or create one instead of wasting time on the keyboard whinging and posting crap.

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  • 7 April 07:02, by Joseph Canada

    The Killing of civilians by the Dinka tribal army is clear and evident. You might deny by the word of mouth but the truth have been seen and said by those in front line. For you who supports the killing of people and asked for the UN to go back to Geneva, Thank again. Right now you are thinking as a tribe. Tomorrow you will think as hungry tribe. Thanks to the Ugandan Government and the Egypt.

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  • 7 April 07:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Surely someone is not truthful here. UNMISS or SPLA spokesperson is not telling the truth. The fact is innocent people have been killed action by wold community is needed to confront this deceptive people.

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  • 7 April 07:52, by Manyngoo

    How can UN reports falls information? you guys try to be honest

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  • 7 April 08:22, by Padiet Deng Alony

    un project in South Sudan will do nothing but only after their interest.where is un in syria,iraq,libya,somalia etc un is run by white us,uk etc. if you think un will bring peace in South Sudan you are lying. peace come from within South Sudanese themselves period,un only after our resources

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    • 7 April 08:33, by Eastern

      Padiet Deng Alony,

      UN has been doing a lot more than Kiir’s government in South Sudan. UN has been sleeping in Syria but now if you haven’t heard or seen it, Donald Trump has starting giving Bashar al Assad the beating. A few dozen precision missles rained on Assad air assets as I write. The New World Order is up and running. Obama was just talking but now walking it!!

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  • 7 April 14:27, by Bazinguaboy

    C’mon brothers and sisters of South Sudan. This is our blood on the street. UN would not have come in if the real people of South Sudan have stood up to this. Atrocities are being committed and these are tarnishing the reputation of your great tribes. Silence only means you do not care. Stand up for who you really are and put a stop to the killing, raping and looting being done in your name.

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