Wednesday 16 August 2017
(Ahram Online 06/18/13)
South Sudan's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Paul Mayom Akec described the signing of the Cooperative Framework Agreement of the Nile Basin countries, sometimes known as the Entebbe agreement, as "inevitable." "The process of joining the agreement has started at all levels of the state apparatus in South Sudan," Akec stated in a press conference. Akec confirmed that South Sudan will start implementing the agreement as soon as parliament ratifies it. The state of South Sudan will benefit from the agreement by using the Nile River water to construct projects that will bring "prosperity and welfare to its citizens," according to Akec. Akec's statement comes following a statement by Mohamed Bahaa Al-Din, the Egyptian Minister of Water and Irrigation,...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/18/13)
The Sudanese government has officially announced its acceptance of proposals made by the head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki aimed at bridging the gap with Juba. The foreign ministry spokesperson Abu-Bakr al-Sideeq Mohamed al-Amin said that Sudan has informed the AUHIP it does not object to its proposals for solving the problems facing the implementation of cooperation agreements. As for the report, the AUHIP proposals with regard to the demilitarized zone would secure withdrawal of South Sudan’s troops from occupied Sudanese areas. The timelines specified in the proposal falls within the 60-day deadline to stop the flow of South Sudan’s oil through Sudanese territory. Tensions between the countries have escalated last week when Sudanese president...
(Redpepper 06/18/13)
Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesman has announced the country’s agreement with the proposals tabled by the African Union (AU) to resolve tensions with South Sudan. “The government has officially agreed on the proposals presented by the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP) concerning the relationship with South Sudan,” said Abu Bakr al-Siddiq on Sunday. According to Siddiq, the proposals include mandating the AU border program to form a consultative team to delineate the zero line for a demilitarized zone based on the date incorporated in the map presented by the AUHIP for both neighboring states. The AU package also stipulates that the process must begin on June 18 and last for six weeks, the Sudanese diplomat pointed out. The team...
(Sudan Tribune 06/18/13)
(JUBA) - An advocacy group has warned of a possible outbreak of conflict in disputed border region of Abyei unless claims to the area between north and south Sudan are peacefully resolved. The group, in a press release, said its three-day event was organised to find out whether democratisation in the two Sudans was on track or had derailed and examined the political concepts in light of what it described as “shrinking” space for the civil society. At the conference, however, members of the advocacy group called for promotion of peace, reconciliation and good neighbourliness between the two ex-foes. “We call upon the parties to immediately resume negotiations, to endorse the AU [African Union] proposal, and to include local communities...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/18/13)
Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan are prepared to take steps, brokered by the African Union, to try to avert an oil crisis between them amid accusations from both sides that the other is supporting insurgencies in their territories. Sudan officially informed South Sudan on Tuesday that it would stop allowing its neighbor to export crude through its territory within two months unless Juba gave up support for insurgents operating across their shared border. In turn, Juba accuses Khartoum of backing rebels on its territory, one of several conflicts stemming from the messy split in 2011 of what was once Africa's largest country. Both sides deny supporting the rebels. The oil stoppage would cut off the crude and transit fees...
(Sudan Tribune 06/18/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has strongly dismissed allegations that his country supports rebels opposed to Khartoum saying the latter was using its oil pipeline to threaten the sovereignty of the new nation. At the meeting, which was aired on the state-owned SSTV, were ambassadors from the European Union, Britain and the African Union. “The accusations by the government of Sudan that we support rebels fighting them are not correct. We have said this over and over again that we do not [have] facilities to provide any support to any armed groups fighting the Sudanese government,” Kiir told the diplomats. He said South Sudan, being new nation, is still striving to meet the demands of its people, but...
( 06/18/13)
Juba — Tens of thousands of people have been cut off from water, food and medical care in South Sudan's Jonglei State, after fleeing violence between rebels and the government in Pibor County. They now face escalated risks as the rainy season starts, but aid agencies say the government has denied humanitarian access to these populations. According to the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an estimated 120,000 people have fled Pibor to areas that "will shortly be under a meter or more of flood water". "The rainy season has already started, and we know from MSF's years of experience in Jonglei that without medical care, mortality rates will rise rapidly, with people dying of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, malaria...
(Sudan Tribune 06/18/13)
News reporting in general, a great deal of analytic writing, and virtually all diplomatic pronouncements about military support for rebel groups—in South Sudan and Sudan—have had a peculiar “evenhandedness.” Indeed, this equanimity is finally bizarre, given the many indications that such military support is so completely one-sided. All available evidence makes clear that substantial military support—arms and ammunition in particular—flows directly from Khartoum’s security and intelligence services to various renegade rebel militias operating in South Sudan. At the same time, no party—not Khartoum, not the diplomatic community, not credible journalists—has provided persuasive evidence that Juba is providing anything remotely comparable to such support. Here we should bear in mind that Juba is well aware that any evidence of assistance to...
(Voice of America 06/18/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — A spate of alleged thefts from the office of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir may have been an inside job, officials investigating how tens of thousands of dollars went missing from Kiir's office said Monday. Some $70,000 U.S. that was kept in the president's office to pay staff who do not have bank accounts, along with two laptops, went missing from Kiir's office in the space of a week in March, Justice John Gatwech Lul, who led the investigation, said. “The burglary took place allegedly through a hole dug into the office," Lul said. "During the second theft, which took place just about seven days after the first one, 32,374 South Sudanese pounds were stolen from...
(Gurtong Net 06/17/13)
JUBA, [Gurtong] -The Acting Speaker Aldo Ajo Deng said the Council of States was newly established and lacked several facilities including offices. During the approval of the budget he said the National Legislative Assembly had not approved adequate budget to cater for some of the challenges the House had then. However, in what appeared to be a miscalculation, Ajo said the Council has used at least three million South Sudan Pounds for buying facilities to equip its offices.“Now that I’m speaking the MPs have not got salaries for three months including employees of the Council of States,” Ajo told Gurtong. Money that seemed to have been allocated to cater for salaries of the MPs and some of the employees may...
(Gurtong Net 06/17/13)
JUBA, 17 June 2013 [Gurtong] - The operation was successfully completed ahead of schedule, an official said. Tim Irwin, the UNHCR Spokesperson in a statement released this afternoon said that for the past six weeks, UNHCR and partners have been organising daily convoys to move families and their belongings from the Jamam camp to the recently constructed Kaya settlement. The last convoy of the operation left the UNHCR transit centre near Jamam on Saturday carrying some 650 people he said, adding the Jamam camp, which last year experienced extensive flooding during the rainy season, is now empty. The operation began in May. It was originally estimated that the operation would take until the end of June to complete but cooperation...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
(JUBA) – The U.S dollar ($) has surged against South Sudanese Pound (SSP), after the central bank announced restrictions on the allocation of hard currency to commercial banks. SSP, a survey carried out by Sudan Tribune shows, also lost value against the Ugandan shillings; a move likely to affect business dealings across the two borders. “Hard currency (U.S dollars) will be released to investors who will import essential items to the country,” Kornelio Koriom, the central bank governor said at a press briefing in Juba on Friday. As of Friday, one SSP at Nimule border with Uganda dropped to just 480 Ugandan shilling, from 600 the day before. The dollar, a trader told Sudan Tribune, was now selling at SSP...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
(RUMBEK) - Sources in the Lakes state capital Rumbek claim a man was tortured to death on Saturday night in Langcok military prison, while a number of other inmates remain in critical condition suffering from torture wounds. Family members and security sources have confirmed that 24-year-old Matur Kedit Mamer died as a result of his injuries, adding that guards at the military prison buried him before sending a letter to the executive chief informing him of the death. A close relative of Mamer said when they arrived at Langcok prison to deliver food soldiers refused to allow them to enter. “They beat us and tell us that your son is dead”, said one family member, who requested not to be...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
June 17, 2013 (JUBA) – At least 120,000 people have fled fighting in and around the main towns in South Sudan’s Jonglei state county of Pibor and are currently in unsafe and malaria-infested swamps with no access to safe drinking water, food, or medical care, an agency said. The international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in a statement, said South Sudan government must allow immediate humanitarian assistance to these areas to prevent the deaths of thousands of internally displaced persons. Majority of those displaced, according to the MSF, fled for their lives into bushes amid intensified fighting between the South Sudan Army (SPLA) and the David YauYau armed militia group over the past month. “Immediate action is required to...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan’s main opposition party has distanced itself from a critical comment one of its top official made against the Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir. On 13 June, The Citizen newspaper, reported that Onyoti Adigo Nyikec, a senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) had allegedly described the Sudanese president as a "crazy" and "emotional" leader who makes public statements without taking into consideration the likely consequences. But SPLM-DC, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said it regretted the incident, adding that its leadership "respects leaders of other nations". The SPLM-DC, a break away from South Sudan-ruling party (SPLM), was formed in 2009. Deng Bior, party’s acting secretary general said the statements made by...
(The Associated Press 06/17/13)
Sudan and South Sudan are keeping troops in at least 14 locations within their contested border zone in violation of security agreements, according to a new report released Friday that is based on satellite imagery.The actor George Clooney, a co-founder of the satellite project, said the imagery proves that both Sudan and South Sudan have troops "where they should not be." The Satellite Sentinel Project said Friday that the satellite imagery contradicts a May U.N. report from a monitoring team that found that there was no military presence in several border locations. South Sudan peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011, but tensions between the countries, especially over their intertwined oil industries, remain high. Sudan this month said it was...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
(JUBA) – The committee which was formed to investigate the alleged thefts in the office of the South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has released its final report saying the alleged thefts were not from external culprits but an organized act by insiders within the office. Cash money totalling hundreds of thousands of combined South Sudanese pounds and US dollars were stolen from the highest office of the land twice in two consecutive weeks in March this year. The two separate theft instances occurred in the Office of the President’s West Wing on the 15th and 23rd March 2013, respectively. The criminal acts were not revealed by the office until Sudan Tribune broke the news about it a week later...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
Khartoum — Sudan's oil minister announced that repair crews finished their work on a secondary pipeline sabotaged last Wednesday and reaffirmed that rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) were behind. The pipeline, which transport some 18.000 bpd of oil produced in Difra, northern Abyei, was attacked by unknown group on Wednesday evening. The Sudanese authorities said that operation was carried out by JEM rebels who reached Abyei from Unity state in South Sudan. Khartoum also said that the rebels received technical support from its southern neighbour. But the rebel group denied the accusation and said not involved in this action. At the same time "Abyei Now" a website supporting the positions of the South Sudan ruling party on...
(Africa Review 06/17/13)
The authorities in South Sudan are preventing the provision of humanitarian assistance to some 120,000s, a medical charity has said. Many of them fled into the bush amid fighting in Jonglei state between the army and rebels over the last month. They do not have access to safe drinking water, food or medical care, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. South Sudan says Khartoum backs several rebel groups - charges it denies. In turn, Sudan says the South supports militias on its territory. Jonglei state has been hit by widespread ethnic violence since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011, with much of it taking place in Pibor county. Earlier this week, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said that...
(Voice of America 06/17/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — As the world marks the International Day of the African Child on Sunday, with a focus on doing away with practices that harm children, officials in South Sudan are driving home the message that the country must end child marriage and allow girls to stay in school. "We need to work together so that we can eliminate child marriage," Ministry of General Education official Joy Gordon Soro told a gathering in Juba. "Some years ago, there were some girls who were beaten by their parents, because they refused to be married. Another one kill herself because the parents needed her to be married at an early age. Parents, let us not force our children to marry...

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