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Newsline: South Sudan Embassy Worker in US Says Went Unpaid for a Year

An employee of South Sudan’s embassy in Washington says the embassy owes him more than a year’s back salary — another indication of mounting financial problems for the war-ravaged country’s government. In January, South Sudan closed its embassy in London after not paying rent on the building for five months. There is no sign South Sudan’s embassy in Washington will go the same route, but its driver, Manyok Lual, suggests the embassy is having cash flow problems. In an interview with VOA’s South Sudan in Focus, Lual, 44, said employees of the embassy went a year without getting paid until this month, when diplomats received two months of salary arrears and local employees like himself received one month. “They say we don’t have money in the country, the country is at war now … and just hang on, when we get the money, we will pay you. And it is quite a long time without getting paid,” Lual said. Multiple sources at the embassy say the country has been paying its rent, but sometimes delays its payments by three to five days.



Newsline: South Sudan recalls its ambassador to US

South Sudan has recalled its ambassador to the United States, a day after the American government imposed an arms embargo on the East African nation, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. Ateny, said Garang Diing Akuong has been recalled for further consultations without giving details. The South Sudanese envoy was deployed to Washington in May 2015. “This is routine for any country to recall its ambassador for further consultations. It may not be related to the arms embargo,” Ateny told Xinhua by phone. The Trump administration on Friday announced arms embargo on South Sudan and urged the UN Security Council to enforce a global arms ban on the world’s youngest nation. The U.S. also called on the African Union (AU) and the East African regional bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process.


Newsline: South Sudan’s London Embassy Closes Due to Inability to Pay Rent

A South Sudanese diplomat says his country’s embassy in London has been closed due to a failure to pay rent since August. A reporter for VOA’s South Sudan in Focus confirmed that South Sudan’s embassy in Great Britain was closed on Tuesday. A spokesman for South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted his government has not received official notice from its landlord in London. “We are trying to our best so that we are able to pay the arrears that are needed by the landlords,” Mawien Makol Arik told VOA. Makol acknowledged the embassy is experiencing financial difficulties. South Sudan’s government announced in 2015 it would temporarily close down many of its embassies as the war-torn country’s economy deteriorated. The country has about 24 embassies and missions in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and America. In June last year South Sudan recalled its top diplomats from seven countries, but said the recalls have nothing to do with the country’s economic crisis.



Newsline: South Sudan ambassador to Russia denies defection

South Sudanese Ambassador to Russia Telar Deng denied reports claiming he had defected from the government of President Salva Kiir and joined the opposition groups. Recently there were reports circulating in the social media claiming that Ambassador Deng, an old friend of the South Sudanese president discussed ways to remove Kiir with a number of opposition officials in a meeting held in Nairobi at the house of the Rebeca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of the late SPLM leader John Garang during the first week of January 2018. “Rumor mongers will one day stop what they are spreading about my rebellion. I am still an Ambassador accredited to Russian Federation,” said the South Sudanese diplomat in a statement he extended to Sudan Tribune.



Newsline: US embassy initiates curfew after clashes in South Sudan capital

The United States embassy in South Sudan has introduced a temporary change for its personnel after fighting erupted in the outskirts of the country’s capital. “Effective immediately and until 6:30 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, the Embassy travel policy will limit unofficial/personal movements within Juba,” the US embassy said in a statement. “During this time unofficial/personal travel must conclude by 7:00 p.m.; and the curfew for official travel remains 8:30 p.m.,” it adds. Violence erupted south-west of the South Sudan capital on Thursday night when rebels and pro-government troops bitterly exchanged fire, barely a month after both sides signed a ceasefire agreement. The US embassy, in the statement, also encouraged American citizens to take similar precautions and monitor the security situation.



Newsline: US ambassador to UN evacuated from volatile South Sudan camp

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a U.N. camp for displaced people in South Sudan because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said. Shortly after Haley left the camp, U.N. security guards fired tear gas to disperse the crowd of more than 100 residents who looted and destroyed the office of a charity operating there, an aid worker at the camp said. The aid worker spoke on condition of anonymity out of safety fears. Haley, in the middle of a three-country African visit, met earlier Wednesday with Kiir over the country’s long civil war. Speaking later to U.N. station Radio Miraya, Haley said she warned Kiir that the U.S. no longer trusted South Sudan’s government and was no longer prepared to wait for change. She did not give details. The United Nations confirmed the incident with Haley, saying camp residents “became upset that she was not able to meet with them, due to time constraint.” The U.S. Embassy did not comment on Haley’s evacuation.



Newsline: US Embassy Official Summoned by South Sudan on Sanctions Move

South Sudan said it summoned the U.S. Embassy’s charge d’affaires to protest last week’s declaration of sanctions on three current and former officials in President Salva Kiir’s government accused of destabilizing the war-torn African nation. The U.S. Treasury on Sept. 6 said it was blacklisting South Sudan’s army deputy chief of staff, Malek Reuben Riak, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and Paul Malong, an ex-army head dismissed by Kiir in May. Singling out three government figures and ignoring the armed opposition “sends a wrong signal,” Bak Valentino Akol Wol, under-secretary at the Foreign Ministry, told reporters Monday in the capital, Juba. “It suggests that fairness is not being seen to be done.” South Sudan erupted into civil war in 2013, just two years after declaring its independence from the north. The ongoing conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead and created a humanitarian crisis as more than 3.5 million people fled their homes. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said there’d been a meeting with the Foreign Ministry but further details weren’t available.