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South Sudan rejects unilateral renewal of UNMISS mandate


Chinese peacekeepers of UNMISS, patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on October 4, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP Photo)
September 5, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Tuesday it will not accept any unilateral decision to renew the mandate of the United Nations in South Sudan without seeking her consent and approval.

Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomuro told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the government and the people of South Sudan want to be working in partnership with the United Nations as a member state.

“The United Nations and the government of the republic and the people needs be working together as partners. Whatever is to be done on behalf of the people and the government needs to be subject to consultations and discussions before taking actions. So as the government we have been getting genuine concerns from the people about the mandate of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) is renewed without sufficient consultations and discussion, which is a right way," said Lomuro.

"Because of these genuine concerns, we say the renewal of the mandate of UNMISS in December this needs to be done with the approval of the people and the government,” further said the cabinet minister.

He echoed the statements of the information minister and the government spokesman that the government will not allow an automatic renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) at the end of its current mandate in December 2017.

Minister Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters at the news conference on Thursday last week that the government will review the mandate of the UN in the country. The government spokesman, also, accused the UN of causing situations in order for their mandates to be renewed.

“We are talking of revisiting the mandate because once the UN comes to your country, they will never write one day that this country is at peace we [the UN] are going away. They will continue all the time to write there is insecurity so that they continue to stay,” said Lueth.

“With the end of the mandate of the UN at the end of December, the government of South Sudan must be consulted before they talk of renewing anything. This idea of automatic renewal without the involvement of the government of South Sudan is not acceptable and will not happen,” he said.

The minister also said the mandate of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) also needs to be reviewed because they were supposed to be deployed at a time when the forces of Riek Machar were in Juba.

“They [the UN] do admit that Juba is at peace. If Juba is at peace then we need to revisit the mandate of the RPF and this is what we will do. We will have to revisit the mandate of the RPF… if they have come to assist the people and the government of South Sudan then we will have to revisit their mandate so that they render a better service to the people of South Sudan,” he added.

The government mouth piece also accused the UN forces of causing tensions when patrolling the streets of Juba, claiming they move in the town with guns cocked creating unnecessary havoc to our people, sending a negative message that Juba is not yet at peace, and when somebody comes and see these UN forces moving in three or four trucks moving just like that with their guns then what message will that person take?”


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  • 5 September 2017 22:51, by Independent Thinker

    Dear all,
    The Government of Kiir is lead by mad men and women in 21st century. You will say yes, whether you like it or not.The mandate will be approved without you.

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    • 6 September 2017 05:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      People of South Sudan are blind citizens, don’t Elia Lamoro concern into politics, let them die without any hope from government and UNMISS.
      Elia Lamoro, can talk on government itself without citizens.

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      • 6 September 2017 14:46, by Majesty

        In order to be anger at UN on this issue, one needs to know if UN plans to initiate that without consulting, did gov’t address its position to UN and what was UN response? If the last UN mandate was renewed automatically what did Govt say then or what has suddenly changed now to make new demand? Are you sure Pres Kiir & his thousand announcers are on same page, not different message tomorrow?

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    • 6 September 2017 11:44, by Midit Mitot

      Shame on government of confusion, you are trying to reject UN mandate that saving life of innocents in the country, I know you will regret sooner because it become your culture to say NO today and YES tomorrow, confusion!!!!!!

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  • 5 September 2017 23:51, by dinkdong

    Will there ever be peace in South Sudan to not want the renewal of UNMISS mandate even if it is renew automatically? Dang fools!

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  • 6 September 2017 00:04, by Naath

    Who is going to listen to the Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir and his slaves and figurehead ministers like you Martin Elia. The automatic renewal of UNMISS mandate in December 2017 is an avoidable with peace or without peace. The people of South Sudan need UNMISS because it safe their lives from evil Nyors and Dinka military gangs. You have said no today but you will say yes to UNMISS tomorrow idio

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    • 6 September 2017 07:04, by D John

      Dear Naath
      I think it is a non-starter to abuse Dinka as a community. I can assure you, most of us who read your comments lost relatives in Akobo, Bentiu and Malakal to white army but try to maintain objectivity albeit all the pains.

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      • 6 September 2017 08:00, by Theallseeingeye

        D John
        and who cares? who has not also lost family or relative in Juba, Wau, Yambio, Yei, Junglie, Torit, Raja, etc because of Dinka? is it not true. I personally stand with Naath, the TRUTH must be spoken clearly and loudly. Dinka want us silent on media because they want to conceal what they have been doing, that’s why Makieu luth rush and block the four meida outlets.

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    • 6 September 2017 09:37, by South South


      You are just talking with anger in your face. Government of South Sudan according to this article has not said no for UNMISS renewal. The government of South Sudan wants mutual understanding with UNMISS, that’s all. Tomorrow, UNMISS and the government of South Sudan will reach agreement and sign UNMISS renewal, people like you will rush to social media with lies. How is Pagak?

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  • 6 September 2017 02:18, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    You need the understand the role of U.N. and the international laws first;The most significant U.N. body is the security council which is in charge with the maintenance of international peace n security
    n responsible for U.N. ’s role as negotiator,observer, peace keepers n ultimately, peace enforcer.the council has 15 members n the big five are permanent veto powers meaning they can cancel disci

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    • 6 September 2017 02:27, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Can cancel discision made by others members of council n the other ten members re nonpermanent members that re elected for 2yrs by general assembly,If u need your case heard the World court firmly the international court of justice is the judicial arm of the UN it consists of a panel of 15 judges elected for 9yrs term by majority of the members of both the security council n general assembly

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  • 6 September 2017 02:37, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It’s weakness re that it can arbitrate only when state choose to refer their disputes to the court n only about third of U.N. member states re prepared to acknowledge it’s jurisdiction in any area n you have Francis Mading Deng only representing you in U.N. Security councils,leave a lone at the
    Judiciary! I will tell u the juicy bit later🤔

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  • 6 September 2017 05:10, by john akeen

    When UN stays in your country that mean peace will never come to your country because citizen will never stop Rebelling because they know UN will protect them if things goes bad, so just to let you South Sudanese people my brothers and sisters Rebellion in our country will never stop people will rebel everyday and Rebel will come to Gov everyday because we have UN in our country

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    • 6 September 2017 08:16, by Theallseeingeye

      john akeen
      Have you ever sat down and asked your self ’WHY DO CITIZEN REBEL’ ? no you haven’t, and after the CPA, have you ever taken time to remind yourself that you used to be a rebel? I think no, because if you did, you won’t be writing this silly comments. here is a short ans budy, they rebel because of injustice, inequality, discrimination, impunity, you name it, the list is too long...

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      • 6 September 2017 08:52, by john akeen

        I was Rebel against Arab because Arab what’s Me to be Muslim by force, what about you? Dinka wants you to be Dinka by force too? Or you REBELLED against Dinka witches suppose be your brother because of food and free food from knowing, I’m I rigth

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  • 6 September 2017 07:06, by Eastern

    South Sudan rejects deployment of Regional Protection Force, South Sudan rejects unilateral renewal of UNMISS mandate, blah, blah....Kiir the boy who throws tantrum every time and thinks the world treats him like a school boy and yes the school boy he is..!

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    • 6 September 2017 08:58, by South South


      This is what we call a dog bark for no reason in many cases. Kiir will be a president of South Sudan until when he feels power should be given to someone else. This is how powerful he is. You will continue with your a little tiny mind and you will continue pouring out your anger everyday, but will we really listen to stupid, coward and mentally retarded person like you? No, way!!!!!!!

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  • 6 September 2017 07:14, by Adok son

    Elie Lomoro,you left your party for SPLM since you have been appointed onto that position by your boss Salva Kiir in 2013.
    You’re now mouth piece of Dinka government while your very people equatorian are killing on your watch and you pretend as there is no problem. Try it to prevent any decision from UNSC,if you won’t get yourself out from that gost city.

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    • 6 September 2017 08:16, by john akeen

      What is United nation was created about in this world? And what is United nation laws in this world? And what is United nation doing in South Sudan? And why is United nations it’s building camps in South Sudan? Our main problem is UN, why because of them that’s why we have too much criminals because when someone commits crimes and when our police found out about the person that committed the crime

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  • 6 September 2017 08:50, by John Wetjunub

    The blaming game will never and never take us any where brothers. why not coming up with a solution to all these problem instead of point figure to other group or tribes, that will not solve any problem at all. I beg u to feel calm and tell the trust at this point in time.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:34, by Lenin Bull

    I have one word for Hon.Molana Michael Makuei, and Hon.Dr.Martin Lomoro:THANK YOU. We means business in defense of our sovereignty, dignity, and independence and will never give into any bullying body like UN, or something else. US does not respect the UN despite the fact that the UN is accommodated in New York US by the US government.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:38, by Lenin Bull

    George Bush Jr told the whole world including the fucking damned UN in 2001 that " when it comes to vital US interests like security and defense, US does not take permission from anybody." Bush spoke these words when the US was aggressed by terrorists with 9/11 attacks in New York and US went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan without the UN security Council approval anyway.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:43, by Lenin Bull

    President Donald Trump is working silently to pull out US from the UN and is now now stopped giving fund to the UN as a way showing that UN is nothing to US and cannot control US. In fact UN’s days are numbered if you don’t know. No proud country in the world wants to subjugate its national sovereignty, pride, and vital interests into the hands of these clumsy body called UN.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:48, by Lenin Bull

    The League of Nations got malnutrition and died prematurely as soon as it was founded because the US did not become a member in it nor did it receive funding from the US and WWII sprang up in 1939-1945. Now UN is going to die out because the US and other proud nations cannot accept to subjugate themselves under UN except may be morons who love colonialism and slavery.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:53, by Lenin Bull

    President George Washington in his Farewell Address, warned successive American presidents of "The dangers of entangling alliance." As a result since Washington time up to date America doesn’t believe in permanent alliance or coalition, or organization with any body whether League of Nations, or now UN, not even NATO. Read President Donald Trump’s conditions to EU on NATO.

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  • 6 September 2017 11:57, by Lenin Bull

    My point is that SOuth Sudan should not allow itself to be bully by UN. South Sudan is not a small boy to the UN but in fact the country is true. UN is nothing compared to South Sudan because of its sovereignty, and independence. Those who are selling our sovereignty and independence to UN because of food and second hand outs/leftovers should be warned that we are not part of them.

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  • 6 September 2017 12:03, by Lenin Bull

    They are like Esau selling his birth rights for a piece of bread to Jacob. The SPLA-IO should know that our sovereignty, dignity, and independence are sacrosanct and indivisible. We cannot sell our pride and dignity simply because of an individual like President Salva Kiir or Riek Machar. No. It will be costly for all of us including the unborn generation if UN takes over South Sudan.

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    • 6 September 2017 20:19, by Eastern

      Who’s Esau? The bible, ngundeng, abuk, deng are all myth....What are you saying....? The South Sudanese problem needs facts and reality not myths...

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      • 6 September 2017 21:17, by Mapuor

        Yaa Eastern or Western

        We are a sovereign state and should be consulted first if UN forces are still needed in the country. South Sudan is capable of ejecting anyone from the country whatever the cost.Note that SPLA defeated Jallabas during the liberation war.UNMISS is no longer needed in the country at the end of December 2017.They have even undermined our economy.To hell with UNMISS

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  • 6 September 2017 22:22, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It was a great astonished to hear learnt that there is an automatic manandate,we should consults with Dr Franis Mading Deng in Geneva if there is something so call automatic U.N. security council manandate within U.N. security council? Unless we ’re blind fool

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