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South Sudan parties far from reaching agreement: UN


May 8, 2018 (NEW YORK) – Parties involved in talks to end the conflict in South Sudan are far from striking an agreement, despite endless effort from the regional bloc (IGAD), Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said.

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The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix (UN photo)

Addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Lacroix said IGAD has tirelessly worked to narrow the gap ahead of talks, but those involved in the high level revitalization forum show less commitment.

“Parties remain far apart on the issues of governance and security,” he said.

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, started after a disagreement within the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), before civil war broke out in December 2013.

Tens of thousands of people have died as a result of the war and nearly 4.3 million have been driven from their homes, UN figures show.

The UN peacekeeping chief said both South Sudan government and the armed opposition have continued armed confrontations while a ceasefire accord signed in December last year show little impact.

Lacroix, however, urged the Security Council to use its influence over South Sudan.

“It is in this context that I reiterate that there must be a tangible cost for the continuation of violence in South Sudan,” he said, adding “there must be consequences for blatant violations of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement and broken promises to protect civilians.

The senior UN official, while briefing the council, also expressed concerns over the scale of sexual violence that has been perpetrated, saying reports of rape and gang rape are compounding to the desperate situation for women and girls.

“We must respond and respond quickly to ensure accountability for these violations and abuses and bring an end to these heinous acts once and for all,” emphasized Lacroix.

Also highlighted during the briefing to the Security Council was the problem aid workers face in South Sudan. At least 100 workers, according to the UN, have been killed since mid-December 2013.

Meanwhile, Lacroix urge the Security Council to use its voice to dispel what he said was the “unhealthy” narrative of regime change that some of South Sudan’s leaders would like to use against the UN and the international community in a bid to win popular support.

“This narrative serves no one and only sows seeds of hate and paranoia in a country facing significant challenges, and where localized violence is becoming endemic,” stressed the UN official.

South Sudan has, in the past, accused the UN and other unnamed western powers of advocating for regime change in the East African nation rocked by years of civil war.


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  • 9 May 2018 07:10, by Lenin Bull

    The US is now reneging on Iran Nuke Deal terming as a "bad deal", US doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, Syria talks has been going on since 2011 when the crisis in that country broke out, why is the UN and US bullying the legitimate government of South Sudan? If the people of good faith and real friends of South Sudan across the world do not come timely to protect, UN/US will destroy South Sudan!

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    • 9 May 2018 11:28, by Eastern

      South Sudan under the current regime is BARELY a country. Legitemacy is what the Kiir-Taban alliance of deciet are fighting day and night to get. Comparing Iran and Syria with South Sudan leaves you sounding very ignorant.....

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      • 9 May 2018 11:45, by Theallseeingeye

        beside when the US (after babysit those lazy Jienge idiots) want to wipe clean their butts, this idiot called Lenin Bull is crying that what about the Syrian butts, its dirty too. what a stupidity, what does South Sudan problem has to do with Syrian, you mean if Syrian problem is not solve, South Sudan shall not enjoy their peace?

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  • 9 May 2018 07:15, by Lenin Bull

    UN/US are now using rebellion as shield and strategy to entrech themselves deeply in South Sudan. Pushing for "bad peace talks" and rewarding rebels with ranks and positions in The Government of National Unity is nothing but a sure catalyst for anarchy and lawlessness like in the DR Congo where UN arrived in 1960 and remains there up to date with nothing to show as success!

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    • 9 May 2018 08:50, by Theallseeingeye

      Lenin Bull
      South Sudan not only officially but with proud join UN member state on 14 July 2011 and became 193rd Member State and no single Jienge complain at that time, never knowing that Membership in the United Nations is open to all peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgement of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out....

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      • 9 May 2018 08:57, by Theallseeingeye

        these obligations. therefore, just shut the f**k up and accept that "bad peace talk" rather than "fake peace talk" with al Tabani, now he has submissively surrounded to Kiir! now What?

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    • 9 May 2018 11:24, by Kenyang ll

      Linen Bull,
      Let not throw blame anyhow but must look at facts. 9 July 2011, our independence date was not too long ago to be making up things. Before that date, UN was generously donating and investing in many projects such as health, school in South sudan while US was already busy training various SPLA and SPLM organs including constructing our only today highway, Nimule-Juba.

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      • 9 May 2018 12:35, by Kenyang ll

        ...By eve of S. Sudan independence, Pres. Kiir, (listen to his bored speech if you weren’t there) took to stage and assured S. Sudanese, friends and world at large that he himself and South Sudan will abide by rule of law, democracy and freedom. Today, South Sudan is nothing but 100% at hand of Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang & Akol Koor, Dinka clanists without tangible soldiers on ground.

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        • 9 May 2018 15:09, by Kenyang ll

          ....No matter what Stupid Kiir and Nuer-hater-Kuol Manyang do, they will eventually pay for their (this) war.

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        • 9 May 2018 15:38, by okello

          Kiir is dealing with bunch of traitors inside US voice we south Sudanese have seen who were real patriotic to this nation. Those traitors like you Kenyang and alike with self-slave should go ahead with US policies. You said that no tangible soldiers in south Sudan but you are rebel who believes in ignorance.

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          • 9 May 2018 16:51, by Kenyang ll

            Negative, a traitor is one who stabbed his own at the back. Who is now stabbing his own at the back, UN or Salva Kiir? I’m on record of rejecting foreigners interfering on our affairs as well rejecting few Dinka tribalists holding everyone hostage.

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  • 9 May 2018 11:05, by marial-akol

    i may not be wondering why people talked elusively like this because South Sudan is rule by someone who doesnt make a tough décisions. put in mind that in a country where UN is, there will be no stability believe me or not that is the fact. look DRC, CAR, Myanmar and the list goes. and i will specifically talk about DRC. there is nothing left in DRC natural resources even rhinos and éléphants.

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