Government grounds all UN planes in South Sudan

The Government has suspended the United Nations flights across the country, accusing the UN of not following the right procedure of application for flights.

Speaking to Nation Courier Journalist by phone yesterday, the Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth said the flights were suspended at a time when the Regional Protection Force (RPF) decided to move to the Thongpiny camp without the knowledge of the government.

Minister Makuei said, Thongpiny was not the agreed area where they should be and so they were directed to move out from Thongpiny. He said that once the UN has move then the government and the UN will resume cooperation.

“We gave them a notice that as of now, yes, we can resume the normal cooperation as before in the normal cooperation they (the UN) are supposed to submit a request to the JMCC for approval of flight they did not present anything and as such nothing was done,” Makuei said. “If they want to fly let them make their request as usual and it will be approved but if they just want to fly on their own that is very unfortunate” Minister Makuei reiterated.

He also alleges that the UN has gone accusing the government of South Sudan of having refused to give them the flight permit meanwhile they have not applied. He said that until the normal procedures are followed, UN will not fly.

Via The National Courier