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Gov’t clears unpaid UN dues

By Okan Thomas Onyango

The government said it has cleared the unpaid dues demanded by the United Nations General Assembly this week.

This came after the country lost her right to vote in the UN General Assembly due to unpaid dues, as reported by AFP.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Deng Dau Deng the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that the government through the Ministry of Finance and Planning has already cleared the unpaid dues required by the UN General Assembly this week.

“The country as a member State of the UN has a duty to meet the obligations required by the UN Assembly and we have been working towards clearing this obligation since last year. On 14th December last year, the Bank of South Sudan sent the money to New York but the money bounced back to South Sudan twice due to the sanctions by the United Nations. So, we had to resend the money through a correspondent Bank in Uganda. But, two days back it was confirmed that 495,000 USD has been transacted and we believe that the country’s name will be removed from the list of countries that had lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly due to unpaid dues,” Dau said.

He added that they have already cleared everything and the nation’s ambassador in New York will be attending his meetings as usual.

He urged the United Nations to release South Sudan from the list of armed embargo and free particular individuals who were sanctioned so that the country can take its rightful pledge and develop so that her people can enjoy their dividends.

This week, it was reported by the AFP, that South Sudan alongside six other countries lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly due to unpaid dues. The other African countries affected by the suspension were Niger, Libya, The Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville and Zimbabwe. Iran was another country equally suspended over the same matter.

Last year, the regional economic bloc, the East African Community threatened to suspend South Sudan for failure to pay membership fees.

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