Home | News    Thursday 7 September 2017

South Sudan not a failed state for airport takeover: official


September 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai has questioned the decision of the United Nations mission in the country to deploy at the airport, saying the nation was not a failed state for its key infrastructure and installations to be taken over.

JPEG - 42.7 kb
South Sudan’s first Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the UN General Assembly (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Gai told the state owned television (SSBC) that government has no problem with the UN presence in the country, but the mandate has to be clear and acceptable to the people as well as government.

“We don’t have problem with the protection of civilians for example, we don’t have problem with the protection of the human UN relief agents for example, but what about the airport why do you take the airport? The airport is functioning well,” said Gai.

“South Sudan is not a failed so why take over the airport”? he asked.

The senior South Sudanese official said they would not accept unilateral actions and decisions taken without seeking their views and approval from the United Nations and other organizations.

“We will not accept and we will say it here that look that we are a member state and we should be treated like any member state. The member states of the United Nations are equal. There should not be special treatment to others. We are all equal members,” he said.

Gai, a former rebel chief negotiator during the peace talks between the government and armed opposition appealed for aid, saying South Sudan was looking for support to build and foster democracy.

“We are coming here to appeal to them that look it is time to help us building the country, stand with the leadership because it is only two and half years or three years where we shall have elections then people elect their leaders,” he said.

“By nature, we are democratic people. We are liberal people. We are not people who build dictators. That why we rose against dictatorship in Khartoum,” he explained.

He said the 17,000 troops of the UN in the country as authorized by the 15-member Security Council are “doing nothing” in the country.

“As I am talking to you, we already have 13000 UN troops in South Sudan which are sitting idle, they are not doing anything because they have problem with their mandate. And their problem is also threatening them how they were selected, objective for what. So they hurried with the numbers adding more 4000 to be 17000 to be in a small country like South Sudan”, Gai further told SSBC television.

The South Sudanese First Vice President is scheduled to visit and address the UN General assembly in New York later this month.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 7 September 2017 08:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The problem is insecurity in corners of South Sudan.

    repondre message

    • 7 September 2017 09:11, by padiit gaga

      Wow that is good news s.sudan is fail state do not denied fake vice president U.N must take it and civilians in peaceful nation all dictators must be taking to court by I.c.c.the time is coming for God to bring peac0e in s.sudan.

      repondre message

  • 7 September 2017 11:55, by Lenin Bull

    Congratluations FVP Hon.STephen Taban Deng Gai for that strong patriotic position in relation to this cold neocolonialism of our people and country by foxes hiding behind UN/UNMISS/RPF in South Sudan. Keep saying it even in front of this damned UN in their HQ in New York. We will fight them if they continue to entertain that dream of neocolonizing us even if they come with Atomic/H Bombs.

    repondre message

  • 7 September 2017 12:00, by Lenin Bull

    " Give me death or give me my liberty" once remarked one of the American Statesmen. No nonsense when it comes to dignity, freedom, political independence. I don’t think South Sudanese are so soon ready for another master after Arabs left on the 9th July 2011 with those huge sacrifices of 5 million South Sudanese dead citizens and incalculable looted wealths( in billions/trillions of US$).

    repondre message

    • 7 September 2017 12:37, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      Your insatiable and uncontrollable greed for power and wealth, political immorality (Born to rule nonsense), lack of accountability and sense for nationahood, intolerance and wanton savagery are only some of the reasons that have shocked the whole world. How could you have messed the SS to soon? What went wrong? The UN should just takeover this jienge republic.

      repondre message

      • 7 September 2017 20:26, by Mapuor


        the age of occupation is over.We are a sovereign state and have right to use any available and acquirable weapons from anywhere on earth to defend our sovereignty.We are capable of handling our issues with the interference of anybody.Conflicts are not unique to South Sudan to warrant UN occupation.Let them first go to Syria,Myanmar,Nigeria and others before coming to South Sudan.

        repondre message

        • 7 September 2017 20:48, by jubaone

          What sovereignty is that, when over half of the population is fed by UN? What sovereignty is that when foreign mercenaries and hirelings (UPDF/JEM/SPLA-N) determine your defence? What sovereignty when your labor force is in the hands of Ugandans, Habbash, Eritreans and Kenyans? What sovereignty when you hang on foreign aid? Then hang yourself and rather die.

          repondre message

    • 7 September 2017 16:02, by Free at Last Viva!


      South Sudan is a failed state. The leaders are not able to rule their people. As you hear the news every day, people are dying every day of war, hunger, unknown gun men in Juba and else where, and the government is not able to control them. Besides, Taban, as a chief negotiator for IO, was the one who negotiated this peace. Deployment of 4000 troops was part of the peace agreement.

      repondre message

  • 7 September 2017 14:51, by Mr. Right

    Although we despise your leadership, your statement was purely apolitical and surpass discern and I give you credit for it.

    Open your eyes wider and deal with it now or face long-term consequences of irreparable damages.

    repondre message

  • 8 September 2017 02:06, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    All of you didn’t know what’s behind-the-scenes? The deployment of U.N. troop at the international airport!Increase in U.N. troop, ask yourselves what a hell is going on here? Inversion? Indirect ruled? You will know when the bomb erupted repitely!

    repondre message

  • 8 September 2017 08:05, by Senator Y

    When the country is led by greedy and blinded leaders they never knew the meaning of a failed State.
    South Sudan is more than fail State because the government cannot feed or protect her people. UN has right to take over the airport and other installation including bank since there is no government only tribal gangs.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan can not give what it does not have 2018-10-16 14:36:47 The Sudanese Regime Tends to Order Righteousness to others while ignoring doing so for itself By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Heads of Failed States in the African Continent are trying to save other (...)

Ethiopia’s PM should review policies 2018-10-14 20:42:05 Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed needs to change course in some of the policies he introduced in Ethiopia before history that brought him to leadership repeat itself. By Lul Gatkuoth (...)

Evaluating the IGAD-led peace mediation in South Sudan 2018-10-09 13:19:50 Lako Jada Kwajok September 12, 2018, marked the signing in Addis Ababa of the revitalised peace agreement also known as Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of (...)


Latest Press Releases

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.