UN chief blasts S. Sudanese leaders in farewell speech

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September 22, 2016 (JUBA) - The United Nations Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon Ban has charged South Sudan leaders, including the country’s
President Salva Kiir, with having “betrayed their people” by pursuing
a violent path to power.

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The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon handshake with the
President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir at Presidential
Palace, J1 in Juba capital on February 25, 2016 (UNMISS photo)

“In too many places, we see leaders rewriting constitutions,
manipulating elections and taking other desperate steps to cling to
power,” Ban said in his final speech before the world body’s General
Assembly on Wednesday.

“My message to all is clear: serve your people. Do not subvert
democracy; do not pilfer your country’s resources; do not imprison and
torture your critics,” he added.

Ban criticized outside powers that have supported the warring parties
on both sides of the South Sudanese conflict, but did not directly
name these countries on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in
South Sudan’s worst violence since its cessation from Sudan in July
2011. The UN, on several occasions, accused the country’s warring
forces in gross human rights violations.

Several attempt by the world body and its member states to impose
targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on those
responsible for serious human rights abuses in South Sudan have often
been thwarted by Russia.

“Powerful patrons that keep feeding the war machine also have blood on
their hands,” the UN chief told the assembly.

“Present in this hall today are representatives of governments that
have ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned and
carried out atrocities inflicted by all side,” he added.

Ban called on all countries to continue to pursue reform of the UN
Security Council, calling for “a major and much needed reform for
fairness and effectiveness in the UN.”

He added that “far too often, I have seen widely-supported proposals
blocked, in the name of consensus, by a few or sometimes even just one
country,” and questioned whether it is fair for any one country or few
countries to yield such disproportionate power and “hold the world
hostage on so many important issues?”

Last month, the 15-member UN Security Council approved the deployment
of an additional 4,000-strong peacekeeping force in South Sudan, after
renewed clashes in the capital between the country’s rival factions
threatened to send the young nation back to all-out civil war.

Stressing that consensus should not be confused with unanimity, the
Secretary-General told the General Assembly that, “The global public
is right to ask whether this is how an organization in which we have
invested so much hope and aspirations should function.”

The UN chief also called on the President of the General Assembly, to
explore, with his successor, the establishment of a high-level panel
to find practical solutions that will improve decision-making at the
global organization.

He also urged all countries to cooperate with and work with the UN’s
human rights arm; to not put obstacles in the path humanitarian
workers; and not to ostracize or threaten UN envoys or and staff when
they raise difficult issues.

“We must all be open and accountable to the people we serve,” said the UN chief.

He called on all political leaders not to “engage in the cynical and
dangerous political math that says you add votes by dividing people
and multiplying fear,” urging the world to “stand up against lies and
distortions of truth, and reject all forms of discrimination.”


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    23 September 07:17, by Akuma

    Ban Ki-Moon is part and parcel of South Sudan problems, so let him
go forever and no one need him anymore. What kind of reforms does he
talk about when he made whole UN to be his briefcase Company.

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        23 September 08:01, by Mun Loal

        " My message to you is clear; serve your people. Do not
subverts democracy; do not pilfer your country’s resources; do not
imprison and torture your critics" Ban Ki Moon.
        What a community lead by empty minded person, you will go to
hell! In 2010, I vote for not b/c u will be my president, just as an
alternative for the secession from the Khartoum regime.

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    23 September 08:10, by Midit Mitot

    Ban Ki-moon or Ban Ki Sun, you are the most business minded
person, you are the among corrupted person in this world, you are the
most war manipulated person in South Sudan, shoot-up your bloody
mouth, how many times were you talking of assets freezing, travels
bane, Army embargo and non of these has been implemented,South Sudan
is become your business center.

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    23 September 08:22, by Midit Mitot

    You need to remove STD from the FVP that He was lobbying for, and
bring back the legitimate FVP Dr Machar, thereafter, South Sudan will
be back to it,s own chapter life.

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