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S. Sudan will not reverse expulsion of top UN official


June 8, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government vowed not to reverse its recent decision to expel Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the world’s youngest nation.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, talking to the media during a press conference on August 28, 2014 in Juba (AFP/Samir Bol)

During last week’s meeting chaired by president Salva Kiir, the council of ministers reportedly declined to reconsider the request from the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, to the top UN official complete his mandate in the war-ravaged country.

“He [Lanzer] has entered in areas which are more political than humanitarian,” cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomoro told reporters after Friday’s meeting.

“We engaged him and work with him to bring to his attention that what you [Lanzer] are doing is not your mandate but it is political and it can cause differences and even escalation of the conflict more than you think you are doing,” he added.

According to Ki-moon, the expelled UN humanitarian coordinator who has been appointed on another mission in the Sahel region, played vital roles in raising awareness on the dire humanitarian situation South Sudanese have been exposed to by the conflict.

That awareness helped generate humanitarian assistance and adverted famine in 2014. This campaign, however, put him at logger heads with the South Sudanese government.

“We gave him warning that; please desist from interfering in internal affairs of the Republic of south Sudan. He did not listen and continued spreading false information about South Sudan,” said Lomoro.

The UN, United States and the European Union all condemned the South Sudanese government for expelling Lanzer and called for the expulsion decision to be reversed.

Last week, presidential press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny said only Kiir could revoke the expulsion decision. However, cabinet’s lastest position rules out Lanzer’s possible return.


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  • 9 June 2015 09:57, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Ban Ki-moon should remember that Mr. Toby Lanzer is a human being with his unique personality that does not match with current political crisis in South Sudan. He’s dismissed and let it be, b’se sufferings and deaths are skyrocketing in his presence still.

    • 9 June 2015 11:44, by Lango2010

      Sorry Mr Ki-Moon you always make South Sudan A satellite state of United Nation but not a sovereign state. remember what you did in 2012 order President Kiir to withdraw the SPLA troop fro Panthou which is South Sudan territory while the SAF are keeping the people of Abyei hostage without any word from your desk. you just a Partial man, and i have no respect of your orders, go to hell.

      • 9 June 2015 11:47, by Lango2010

        what is the mandate of the UNMISS if the IDPs can kill themselves on their watch? i dearly think the Whole mission must be expel out of the country leave alone Lanzer, for your information.

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