South Su­dan to ex­pel UN diplo­mat: of­fi­cial

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

JUBA, South Su­dan — A South Su­danese of­fi­cial says a United Na­tions diplo­mat based in the coun­try’s north­ern Unity state will be ex­pelled from the state in a re­tal­ia­tory move fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a hu­man rights re­port last month that ac­cused gov­ern­ment forces of com­mit­ting wide­spread at­tacks on civil­ians there. The deputy gover­nor of South Su­dan’s Unity State Mabek Lang Sun­day said the de­ci­sion to ex­pel Mary Cum­mins was made in a state cab­i­net meet­ing. Cum­mins is head of the UN mis­sion in Unity state. In May South Su­dan ex­pelled the UN hu­man­i­tar­ian co-or­di­na­tor Toby Lanzer. South Su­dan, which on Thurs­day marked four years of in­de­pen­dence, has been plagued by vi­o­lence since De­cem­ber 2013 as gov­ern­ment troops bat­tle rebels led by a for­mer deputy pres­i­dent.

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