Cablegate: Goss Enters Diplomatic Compounds in Juba Sweep for Arms

DE RUEHKH #1046/01 2541001
O 111001Z SEP 09 ZDK CTG RUEHBJ 4158 2570003




E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: GOSS Enters Diplomatic Compounds in Juba Sweep for Arms

KHARTOUM 00001046 001.2 OF 002

1. (U) Summary: Police and soldiers blocked roads and searched homes
for illegal weapons in a disarmament operation ordered by the
Government of Southern Sudan's (GOSS) Ministry of Internal Affairs
conducted at dawn, September 9 in Juba. Residents of Juba,
including United Nations staff, were ordered to remain at home, and
the diplomatic compounds of Egypt, the European Union and United
Nations were entered and searched. The drive coincided with the
arrival in Juba of National Congress Party (NCP) delegates and
Special Envoy Scott Gration for tri-party talks with the Sudan
People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). End Summary.

GOSS Launches Juba Disarmament Sweep

2. (U) Residents of Juba were confined to their homes and soldiers
posted on street corners, stopping traffic, while security forces
swept Juba on the morning of September 9. The disarmament campaign,
initiated in Juba, is commanded by Major General James Ajungo Mawut.
Kuol Diem Kuol, Spokesperson for the Sudan People's Liberation Army
(SPLA) called the sweep "a disarmament effort to take illegally held
guns from the people." Kuol said the SPLA is supporting the police
who are the forces leading this action. All movement of vehicles
and people was restricted until approximately 11:00 a.m.

3. (SBU) Initial reports indicate that a significant number of
weapons were seized, including rocket propelled grenade launchers.
There are also reports of minor theft and violence by security
forces involved in the operation. An American citizen reported to
U.S. Consulate staff that during a search of his vehicle he
witnessed security forces taking a large sum of money from his

4. (SBU) The disarmament operation continued September 10, with new
road blocks established on the outskirts of Juba, while roadblocks
and searches continued, although to a lesser extent, in central
Juba. The situation in Juba on September 10 appeared calm.
Brigadier General Moses Majok Adol, Director of the Criminal
Investigation Division at the South Sudan Police Service, told U.S.
Consulate staff that operations in Juba would continue at least two
more days, and then move to nearby villages.

Diplomats and UN Searched

5. (U) Diplomatic vehicles and compounds were not immune to the
search. Sources indicate that the Egyptian and European Union
diplomatic compounds were entered and searched. According to
Embassy of the Netherlands Ambassador Norbert Braakhis, whose
country is responsible for the EU compound in Juba, two of the
guards at the latter were injured by police during the September 9
raid. Ambassador Braakhuis said he had already complained to GoSS
Minister of Regional Affairs Oayi Deng about the forced intrusion
into the EU compound. According to Braakhis, the GoSS has a
representative to the EU in Brussels. Braakhis said he intended to
ask EU Brussels to call the GoSS representative in to protest the
raid. U.S. Consulate staff in Juba stated that U.S. vehicles with
diplomatic plates were stopped and searched on numerous occasions.
Security forces also searched hotel rooms, including rooms occupied
by U.S Consulate staff, but U.S. and British compounds were not

6. (SBU) On September 9, security forces forcibly entered and
searched a UN Agency resident compound, a UN Agency office compound
and several international non-governmental organization compounds.
UN activities were disrupted, and UN flights canceled and delayed.
One UN national staff member was hospitalized after being assaulted
by security forces at his residence in the Hai Munuki area of Juba,
allegedly because the staff member refused to allow authorities to
verify a weapon he claimed to own.

7. (U) In a diplomatic note, the GoSS apologized to the diplomatic
community resident in Juba for its search of consulates and
residences, stating that the searches were not sanctioned and that
the GoSS would ensure that such actions did not reoccur. However,
Charge Whitehead, in Juba with Special Envoy Gration for the
Trilateral Talks, reported additional problems occurred on September
10, including entry into India's diplomatic compound.

No Disruption of Trilateral Talks

8. (U) The Tri-lateral talks were not significantly affected by the
security situation. NCP delegates to the talks in Juba attended
scheduled meetings and did not report issues with security forces.
Special Envoy Gration moved around the city accompanied by a truck
containing SPLA soldiers. Other vehicles used by the delegation

KHARTOUM 00001046 002 OF 002

were also afforded an SPLA escort and thereafter were not searched.

9. (SBU) Comment: Previous disarmament campaigns in Sudan have
generally been viewed as heavy-handed, biased, and ineffective. At
least initially, the current campaign appears better-managed than
other attempts at civilian disarmament. However, entry into
diplomatic compounds in Juba raises concerns about the GoSS's
respect for diplomatic immunity and its ability to control the
actions of police and security forces.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Afghanistan: Record Number Of Women And Children Killed Or Wounded

More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday... More>>

Tale Of Two Pandemics: Follow The Science And Do Not Forget One At The Cost Of The Other

Covid-19 has posed innumerable health, economic, and social challenges for all, including people living with HIV. It has exposed the fragility of health systems around the globe and has diverted political attention and funding from other infectious diseases like TB and HIV... More>>

UN: Rights Chief Calls For Prompt Release Of Protestors Held In Cuba
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for the prompt release of protestors and journalists detained during anti-government demonstrations in Cuba, some of whom are being held incommunicado... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Food Systems: More Than 100 Countries Discuss Visions For Futures To Accelerate Global Action Ahead Of September Summit

More than 100 countries came together over the course of three-days to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030... More>>

Food Systems: Italian & Rwandan Leaders Join Urgent Call To Transform World’s Food Systems As Pre-Summit Begins

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame stress need for more inclusive, sustainable and holistic approaches ahead of the Summit in New York in September... More>>

UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>