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S. Sudan rebels urge government and UN to resolve impasse


Japanese peacekeepers arrive at the Juba airport to participate in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in South Sudan's capital Juba, on November 21, 2016. (Reuters/Jok Solomun Photo)

August 22, 2017 (JUBA) - The Government of South Sudan should undertake measures to allow the free movement of all United Nations staff, vehicles, and planes without any restrictions in all parts of South Sudan, an armed opposition official remarked on Monday.

“That immunity of all UN staff must be respected by the government,” General Wesley Welebe Samson, the deputy chief of staff for training said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

According to the official, since the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the country, there have been continued violations to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), such as abductions of UN personnel and blockage of consignments of military equipment and armed groups.

“These violations have made it difficult for UNMISS to fulfill its mandate. So far, more than 30 violations have been recorded. It has been recorded that the SPLA and South Sudan’s national police committed most of these violations,” stressed Welebe.

The UN Secretary-General, in a report on South Sudan, said while the large majority of violations were related to restrictions on the movement of UNMISS members (both civilian and military) by land and water, there were incidents of harassments, unlawful arrest, and detention, illegal searches of property, illegal entry into UN premises and interferences with the implementation of the mission’s mandate.

In August 2017 alone, he said, two UNMISS staff members were arrested by the South Sudanese national security services.

“The SOFA violations have continually increased tensions between the government and the UN. While UNMISS continuous to inform the South Sudan Government of the violations, the government has always been aggressive and shown very little respect and transparency in how they are addressing these problems,” he said.

South Sudan and the UN agreed on Monday to break the deadlock after a dispute over the control of the airport in the capital, Juba.

The misunderstanding started after the UN mission in South Sudan deployed its Rwandan peacekeepers in Juba as part of the 4,000 strong regional protection force mandated by the Security Council.

The move prompted the Juba government to suspend cooperation with the UN and to ground aircrafts belonging to the world body.


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  • 22 August 11:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Rebel, has no powers to mandate government.

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  • 22 August 11:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UN, must follow the agreement between government and UN in the resolution of conflict in South Sudan.

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  • 22 August 11:56, by lou nuer

    Government acts like rebels while rebels act like Government. No government in Juba, please. Only Dinka and money lover are there calling themselves government.

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    • 22 August 12:51, by Redeemer

      Lou Nuer
      Those Dinka you said in Juba are the ones who liberated your ass from Arabs and they will continue doing so. You don’t know anybody on this world but Dinka

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      • 22 August 13:00, by Redeemer

        Lou Nuer
        1 Mayardit imprisoned James Riek in SA
        2 King Paul made IO Chief to become POC chief
        3 Ateny Wek Ateny is keeping James Gatdet as his shoe shiner in his house, UN must do according, good enough they have already accepted their mistake

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        • 22 August 13:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Lou Nüer,
          The rebels can’t take government in present of president kiir.

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        • 22 August 13:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          The coming of UN, RPF is not a big blow, it a government who agreed on the situation not reference to the rebels request.

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    • 22 August 16:35, by Joyuma John

      Dear lou nuer,
      take care with Dinka and money lovers who are in the authority, but that constant ideology you Nuer will not always make you achieve your bright objectives, well they are Dinka and money lovers who are in power but have made you and your belove one to be in bushes, is there any question on that, can the way you describe them change your situation, please try to build you mind.

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  • 22 August 13:37, by Freedom Advocate

    Ayiu, i don’t think you’re sound minded.
    Jiengs talk like fish sometimes.
    No wonder!

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    • 22 August 16:43, by Joyuma John

      freedom do fish talk if you are not a fool?

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  • 22 August 14:03, by Lenin Bull

    Fellow country men and women, this is the war lord running now the SPLA-IO (Gen.Wesley Welebe). He is the one coordinating the targeting and killing of innocent civilians on high ways across the Equatoria region as the only war strategy left in their war strategy store. He should be monitored closely by serious South Sudanese.

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  • 22 August 14:10, by Lenin Bull

    During Arab Slave trade men like the grand father of Welebe took active part in capturing their weak fellow Africans and gave/sold them for a piece of bread or biscuit to the poignant satanic slave trading foreigners. This is what Wesley Welebe is doing today!! What on earth will make one proud freedom fighter like collaborate with foreign troops bend on colonizing one’s country?

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  • 22 August 14:15, by Lenin Bull

    The so called " immunity of UN assets and personnel" is not more important than our own independence and sovereignty in our own proud homeland of South Sudan. You can talk of immunity of UN in New York not when they imposed themselves on us. Idiots!! No wonder why South Sudanese are the worse backward types of Africans that failed to liberate themselves from foreigners since the 60s.

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    • 22 August 17:39, by Political Affairs Advisor

      you have really understood the fact that caused our country to suffer. It is we who make it fail not foreigners. Foreigners just got damped Country with it expensive resources without defendants. So why she we blame them ?; we have to think first of what make us divide and see the root cause of the conflict because you can’t settle any issue without the root causes to capture the fact of peace

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  • 22 August 15:00, by Maguto

    they have right to pressurize the government if the government is not following the right direction

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    • 22 August 16:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Freedom Advocate
      The Jieng council of elders, are not like fish, let all talk about peace to be with me and you and all of us. Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, fought for their right but you are suffering on ground without their knowledge.
      My message to rebels groups and political parties, UN or RPF can’t bring change to you.

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  • 22 August 19:47, by Agany Malim

    Dear country men and women, let us be peace lover instead of fighting on website through our coments. Let us be faithful for the shake of being one people eventhough you insult it will not bear you some thing than nepotism which take us nowhere please!

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