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South Sudan president blasts UN for wanting 'parallel' government

Published on Jan 21, 2014 10:25 PM
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir speaks during a news conference in Juba Jan 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has lashed out at the United Nations following heavy criticism including accusations of atrocities in the conflict gripping the young nation.

Mr Kiir's comments come after UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm at reports that senior government figures and troops threatened UN staff when they tried to enter a peacekeepers' compound to which thousands of civilians had fled.

"We did not know that when the UNMISS was brought to South Sudan they were brought as a parallel government... but they have showed it very clearly in this conflict," Mr Kiir said in a speech on Monday, referring to the UN Mission in South Sudan.

"They fall short of naming the chief of UNMISS as the co-president of the Republic of South Sudan," he added.

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