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South Sudan Explains Halting Oil Flow As UN Prepares Huge Aid Appeal

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 5 -- When the South Sudan mission's mandate was renewed by the UN Security Council on Thursday it took less then ten minutes.

  Most of that was a speech by South Sudanese representative Francis Nazario. He praised UN envoy Hilde Johnson and explained that his government had to halt oil production to ensure justice.

  While the UNMISS mandate renewal resolution was being negotiated, several Security Council members told Inner City Press that it was generally a "love fest" for South Sudan.

One of them questioned how the UN could in good conscience put out a big consolidated humanitarian appeal for problems caused by a government choosing to forego revenue, arguably to see if it would hurt its neighbor more and cause regime change there.

Inner City Press put this question to Nazario afterward, about the coming consolidated appeal and if there was any thought of resuming oil production or any light at the end of the tunnel.

Nazario said his country is doing the best it can; at his previous stakeout, he confirmed to Inner City Press it is moving to build a pipeline that does not go through Sudan, reportedly with Toyota.

Inner City Press asked about the critique of UNMISS by an NGO in Juba, that the UN should explain why it cannot better protect civilians in South Sudan. Nazario replied that his government would like UNMISS to have more powers.

Previously, Hilde Johnson has publicly noted the mandate does not -- yet? -- allow for anti aircraft guns. There are some in the UN proposing a Norwegian for Norwegian double shift: Robert Mood to South Sudan, to observe the border with the North, the Hilde Johnson to Syria, to... well, you know. Watch this site.

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