Monday 25 September 2017
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir says he regrets the suffering nearly four years of civil war has inflicted on the people. "I am not happy. I am hurting inside. How can I be happy when I see my people suffering?" asked Kiir on Friday. The South Sudanese leader, while appearing on the state-owned television (SSBC), did not, however, hint on how his administration intends to end the conflict, which has displaced millions of people. Critics described Kiir’s remarks as “crocodile” feelings and compassion, saying the solution to end the conflict was in his hand. Observers, however, say Kiir has been overwhelmed to the extent of not being able to know what to do to end...
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work against the US sanctions imposed on the two neighbouring countries, the official news agency SUNA reported South Sudan’s oil minister told a joint news conference in Khartoum with Sudan’s investment minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil, that the two countries have agreed to increase oil production and open all border crossing points to improve the flow of goods and trade and to settle outstanding debts. We have agreed as two countries to make sure that we work together in line with the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 … to make sure that the sanctions are lifted on our countries Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
South Sudan’s hellish war will get worse if its neighbors let President Salva Kiir hold an election before he accepts peacekeepers, a ceasefire and political opposition, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. South Sudan was plunged into civil war in 2013 when Kiir fell out with his deputy, Riek Machar. Since then 50,000-300,000 people have died, according to the African Union (AU), and millions have been displaced or pushed to the brink of famine. “It’s just a story of absolutely unimaginable...
(Voice of America 09/21/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We're closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo," Trump said in a lunch meeting Wednesday with African leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. "Millions of lives are at risk and we continue to provide humanitarian assistance, but real results in halting this catastrophe...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
An outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan's oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead, a state official said Tuesday. The clash between rebels loyal to exiled former deputy president Riek Machar and government forces occurred early Monday in Nhialdiu, a village close to the town of Bentiu which has changed hands repeatedly since civil war began nearly four years ago. "The number of the bodies that were found on the ground were 25," said...
(Sudan Tribune 09/19/17)
South Sudan president, Salva Kiir has removed the Gogrial state governor, Gregory Deng Kuac. Kuac, an ally of the ex-army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan was succeeded by Victor Atem Atem, a former education minister. Monday’s order, announced on the state-owned television (SSBC) gave no reasons for the South Sudanese leader’s surprise move. However, observers have attributed the governor’s sacking to the ongoing communal feuds and his continued association with Awan. Last week, Kiir issued a similar directive for...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
South Sudan on Monday summoned a senior United States diplomat to protest the recent sanctions imposed on three former and current senior government officials. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bak Valentino Akol, said that they met with Michael Morrow, the Charge de Affaires at the U.S embassy in Juba, to explain the reasons behind the sanctions which he called unjust as members of the armed opposition were left out. "A few moments ago we summoned Morrow to...
(Voice of America 09/08/17)
South Sudan says the United States should rethink its decision to impose sanctions on two top government officials and a former army chief accused of obstructing peace in the country. Washington imposed sanctions on Information Minister Michael Makuei, high-ranking military official Malek Reuben and former army chief General Paul Malong on Wednesday, saying they have taken actions that expanded South Sudan’s internal conflict and blocked efforts to establish peace. Speaking to VOA’s South Sudan in Focus on Thursday, Maiwen Makol,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of national oil company Nilepet, according to a government decree. Managing Director James Thelweng Mathiang Rok was relieved of his duties, according to a decree broadcast on state television. Rok had been in the job since February. Chol Deng Thon Abel was named as new managing director, it said. The world’s newest nation has 7 billion barrels of oil in proven reserves. But it has been mired in civil war since...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions against two senior South Sudanese officials and the country’s former army chief in a warning to the government of President Salva Kiir over increasing attacks on civilians in the country’s four-year civil war. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement on its website said it had blacklisted Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, deputy chief of defense for logistics in South Sudan’s army; Paul Malong, former army chief sacked by Kiir in May; and Minister...
(Sudan Tribune 09/06/17)
South Sudan said Tuesday it will not accept any unilateral decision to renew the mandate of the United Nations in South Sudan without seeking her consent and approval. Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomuro told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the government and the people of South Sudan want to be working in partnership with the United Nations as a member state. “The United Nations and the government of the republic and the people needs be working together as partners...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Monday his country would give continued support for South Sudan's peace and stability. Desalegn made the remarks while holding talks with South Sudan's Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth on ways of ensuring peace and security in South Sudan in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He also urged the South Sudanese government to work towards a full restoration of peace and stability in the country and solve the nation's problems in a more inclusive manner, Ethiopia's...
(Sudan Tribune 08/21/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday warned that his government could reconsider its decision on the deployment of regional protection forces mandated by the United Nations Security Council. “They [regional protection forces] have come and the way they have started is already becoming a matter of concern. They want to deploy at the airport. They also want whatever they bring into the country not to be checked,” warned the South Sudanese leader. In August 2016, the UN Security Council,...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
South Sudan has threatened to stop all planes operated by the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) from taking to the skies following a dispute over security clearance. Government spokesman Michael Makuei said late Sunday that UNMISS has failed to follow a government directive introduced last year that requires organizations to get flight clearance 72 hours before travel. Makuei said that the UN mission over the weekend operated flights without notifying the government, as such they have suspended cooperation with UNMISS until...
(AfricaNews 08/18/17)
Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister has identified poverty as the main underlying factor of instability in the Horn of Africa region. He added that economic integration was a sure means to secure the region. The 52-year-old Premier who just ended a three-day official visit to Sudan was addressing Khartoum-based diplomatic community and Sudanese intellectuals. His research paper titled: ‘Horn of Africa: Possibilities of an Economic Community,’ stressed the need for the region despite its security challenges to build global...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday. The UNHCR said additional funds were desperately needed to help the refugees flooding into Uganda, adding that most were women and children fleeing "barbaric violence". Over the past year, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda every single day, it said. South Sudan, the...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
The UN's refugee chief said Tuesday a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing the war that erupted in their country after it split from the north. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and millions displaced since the world's youngest country fell into a civil war less than three years after it seceded in 2011. Urging crowds of refugees at Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur to "be strong and...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday urged President Salva Kiir to involve the armed opposition in the ongoing national dialogue process launched last year to help end more than four years of violence. Sigmar told journalists in Juba after he held talks with South Sudanese leaders that the two warring sides need to dialogue rather than pursue endless military solution to the violence. "Still there is no alternative to this peace process because neither of the two sides...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
The head of South Sudan's UN mission announced on Tuesday the long-awaited arrival of troops from a regional force meant to patrol roads and quell violence in the war-ravaged country. The UN Security Council decided a year ago to deploy a 4,000-strong regional force, two months after fighting in the capital Juba killed hundreds of people and led to the collapse of a peace agreement between President Salva Kiir's government and rebels loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar. However...

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