With the 73rd General Assembly of the UN scheduled to kick off in New York, the Deputy Head of Mission at the South Sudan embassy in Washington, Ambassador Gordon Buay, has announced that the South Sudan delegation headed by First Vice President Taban Deng will not attend the UN meeting unless the Nuer language is added to the list of UN languages and a team of qualified Nuer language translators is hired to translate the sessions to the delegates.
The Ambassador argued that most of the members of the South Sudan delegation attending this year’s meeting only speak Nuer language and are quasi-literate in all the other UN languages. He stated that is was only fair that UN, at the very least, considers hiring translators for the 73rd General Assembly if not make the Nuer Language an official business language at the UN and employ a few extra South Sudanese at the same time.
“Let us be honest yajama! For the last 4 to 6 years, almost all the delegations to the UN General Assembly have been headed by a Nuer. I know this because I have been organising these things… Most of the people in all of these delegation – don’t ask me why – are better off expressing and understanding themselves in the Nuer language…. I also know that for a fact!
“Even the FVP Taban Deng… when he speaks or tries to make speeches many members of the UN General Assembly don’t understand Taban’s English….. he sometimes needs someone like me to translate what he just said, but that is not my job! You see we have a problem and the introduction of Nuer as an official UN language will solve that problem…or at least the hiring of translators…”
‘’We are appealing to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés to consider our request, otherwise there is no point for the South Sudan delegation to attend the 73rd General Assembly Meeting…” Ambassador Buay concluded.