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UNMISS Denies Weapons Seized by South Sudan Included Landmines

An anti-U.N. sign at a youth rally in Juba on March 10, 2014.
An anti-U.N. sign at a youth rally in Juba on March 10, 2014.
Mugume Davis Rwakaringi
United Nations officials have dismissed reports that landmines were found among weapons and ammunition seized last week on its way to Bentiu in South Sudan's Unity state, and insisted that the shipment was not bound for rebels.

“The pictures that have been circulating on the Internet, claiming that landmines are among the cargo, are not correct. The pictures show, in fact, crowd control equipment,” U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander, Major General Delai Johnson Sakyi of Ghana said.

South Sudanese officials said Friday they intercepted 11 United Nations trucks carrying weapons, in violation of a U.N. rule that arms should be transported by air only in the country for security reasons.

The arms were in a shipment of "general goods" in which "several containers were wrongly labeled and inadvertently contained weapons and ammunition. This is regrettable," UNMISS said in a statement.

Ayuen Guet Roor, one of the organizers of a youth rally this week at which  protesters chanted anti-U.N. slogans and carried banners that were hostile to the global body, said he believes the weapons were destined for anti-government troops.

But Sakyi insisted the seized weapons "were never intended to serve any other purpose than that of peace and protection of South Sudanese civilians."

"They were not intended for the use of any other entity than for the new Ghanaian contingent, and they were not being transported clandestinely. This is also why we readily agreed to the inspection of the cargo at the checkpoint in Rumbek,” he said.

A joint U.N.-South Sudan investigation into the shipment was due to begin Thursday.

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by: Santino Ngong Garang from: Aweil South Sudan
March 15, 2014 3:41 AM
UNMISS has no problem, but those in it sincerely are not nuetral if landmines which were shown by the media becomes a crowd control equipments. We needs new UN members here other than the existing ones and their operations should be eyed by security personals of this country.

by: Wenyin from: Canada
March 14, 2014 7:01 PM
U.N is doing its best in that war ravaged country, but, with big name goes with it a greater responsibility. The mislabelling of weapons shipment as food items, is an outright lie. They shouln't insult a five year old kid with that joke. They were silent while those eleven trucks travel for miles without a wakeup call at all but, waited untill they were caught. A big organization, like U.N. had violated an agreement with SouthSudan government to only ship weapons by air,: can anyone explains why they did that without notifying the authorities? How long the've been doing this?

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