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S. Sudan summons U.S envoy over anti-Kiir remarks


January 27, 2018 (JUBA) – The United States envoy to South Sudan, Michael Morrow was on Friday summoned over remarks in which its representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley reportedly described President Salva Kiir as an “unfit” partner in the peace process.

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Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UN Security Council meeting on 7 February 2017 (UN Photo)

Haley made the remarks while addressing the UN Security Council on Wednesday, insisting Washington was “disappointed” by the performances and actions of the Juba government under Kiir after supporting its 2011 independence and investing over $11 billion.

“The government of South Sudan is increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner for this Council and any country seeking peace and security for the people of South Sudan,” she told the Security Council, citing reports of the ceasefire monitors holding government forces responsible for violations, despite a cessation of hostilities deal.

But the undersecretary in the foreign affairs ministry, Bak Valentino Wol, criticized Haley’s statement, saying it could affect relations between the two nations.

“We have just concluded our meeting with the US charge d‘affaires, he tried to explain why Nikki Haley made that strongly-worded statement at the council. We also shared with him and asked him to convey to his government with a protest note,” he told Radio Tamajuz.

“Ambassador Nikki Haley seems to forget that the Republic of South Sudan is a sovereign state, and its leadership and the Transitional Government of National Unity deserves respect. Ambassador Nikki Haley made many undue inflammatory and defamatory remarks on the situation in South Sudan, including her uncalled for idea of arms embargo,” he added.

One of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s independence on 9 July, 2011, the US played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that laid the groundwork for the 2011 referendum on self-determination, through which the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted for independence.

Currently, the US government remains the leading international donor to South Sudan, and provides significant humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens displaced or otherwise affected since the start of the country’s crisis in December 2013.


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  • 28 January 10:04, by @you

    Bad relationship between ss & us
    Haa haa

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    • 28 January 11:45, by South South

      Nikki Haley needs to herself from the accusation that she has an affair.

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      • 28 January 14:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        Nikki Harley is 100% + 1 right in her declaration. You must be a beneficiary of the loot Kiir has taken from the people of South Sudan so that you can oppose her statement if not then you are may not be a South Sudanese but just a pure Dinka who can not differentiate bad and good.

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        • 28 January 18:50, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          Nikki Harley needs to answer for her accusation of having an affair.

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  • 28 January 12:39, by Tilo

    Nikki is right - South Sudan is a failed state and disgrace to the region and partners who help gained her 2011 independent.
    The first step in solving problem is by acknowledging the existence of the problem, but Gov’t of SS always denies thus why fighting continues

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  • 28 January 18:42, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government of South Sudan should correct by itself through the suffering of South Sudanese since the outbreak of 2013 senseless civil war between Salva kiir Mayardit and Riek machar Teny.

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