South Sudan

Kiir snubs UN meet for being treated like a schoolboy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) talks with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) in Juba on May 6, 2014. Ban Ki Moon's visit is the latest major push for a ceasefire in the nearly five-month-old civil war. Both sides in the conflict have been accused of widespread ethnic massacres, rape and recruitment of thousands of child soldiers. Ban's visit came days after US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into the capital. Ban last visited South Sudan amid euphoric celebrations at its independence from Sudan in July 2011, after it voted to split away following decades of war with Khartoum. The war has claimed thousands and possibly tens of thousands of lives, with over 1.2 million people forced to flee their homes. Almost five million people are in need of aid, according to the UN. AFP Photo/Charles Lomodong

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) talks with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (R) in Juba on May 6, 2014 (AAP)

South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, has delivered on his promise to snub the United Nations General Assembly meeting this month in New York.

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, to New York later this month in a bid to bolster their struggling peace accord.

Machar has said he will attend the September 29 meeting.

“You cannot just invite a president and give him short notice like a schoolboy to come and attend your meetings,” Information Minister, Michael Makuei, told reporters in Juba on Friday.

Makuei says Vice President, James Wani Igga, has already been designated to represent South Sudan’s government.

Makeui further also applauded Russia and Angola for opposing moves at the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong and a rebel commander Johnson Olony.

The United States has been pushing for the UN Security Council to impose a travel ban and assets freeze on Malong and Olony for their role in the continued fighting.

The US had proposed a travel ban and asset freeze on the two men for continuing to fuel the conflict.

Machar on the other hand told Sputnik news agency that he was okay with Russia’s involvement in solving Sudanese and African problems, especially issues pertaining to justice and democracy.

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