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Juba says Sudanese minister makes misleading statements over peace deal

July 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – South Sudanese Information Minister strongly criticized Sudanese foreign minister saying the latter misled regional and international community when he declared that the South Sudanese parties reached an agreement on governance issues.
Michael Makuei Lueth reiterated their reservations over the draft agreement on outstanding issues of governance and announced that two members of the government negotiating delegation will travel to Juba for consultations with (…)


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South Sudan leader says ready to sign deal on outstanding issues of governance

July 19, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir Thursday said ready to sign an agreement on the outstanding issues of governance, to pave the way for the implementation of a peace deal struck three years ago.
During the past days, the government and the opposition delegations voiced their rejection of a draft agreement on governance issues filed by the Sudanese mediators.
The government negotiating team said the proposals went far beyond the outstanding issues and amended matters already (…)


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Buying peace with oil? Why not?

By Peter Kuot Ngong
First of all, in my opinion about the proposed governance structure that is being discussed while being publicly criticised by South Sudanese, I would like to say that, before you criticise and conclude that South Sudan is going to be making a world record with 5 Vice Presidents, know that: 1. Iran has 12 Vice Presidents 2. Cuba has 7 VPs 3. Guyana has 4 VPs 4. Comoros has 3 VPs 5. Honduras has 3 6. North Korea 4 7.Zimbabwe 2 8.Burundi 2 9.Sudan 2 10. Afghanistan 2
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Khartoum, Juba deploy joint forces to protect oil fields

July 19, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan and Sudan have effectively deployed a joint border joint force to protect oil fields, said South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.
“The government authorities in Sudan and South Sudan have deployed a military force on the borders of the two countries to secure the oil fields and pipeline from any criminal activity,” said Minister Gatkuoth in statements to the Arabic service of the Turkish news agency Anatolia.
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S. Sudan foreign affairs minister summons French ambassador

July 18, 2018 (JUBA) – The French ambassador to South Sudan, Jean-Yves Roux was on Tuesday summoned over statements he made in relation to a United Nations report on human rights violations in Unity state.
The French envoy allegedly warned that South Sudan was on the verge of collapse and that there was urgent need to end violence, after a recent UN report documented horrendous human rights violations against civilians by the army and its allied forces between April and May in parts of (…)


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UK minister urges S. Sudan’s warring parties to end civil war

July 18, 2018 (JUBA) – The United Kingdom minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin has urged all warring parties in South Sudan to find an urgent solution to the conflict causing extreme suffering across the country.
Baldwin, recently in the war-torn nation, said the UK will not tolerate ongoing human rights abuses happening in the country, and urged South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate their commitment to peace through abiding by the ceasefire they signed in Khartoum.
“South Sudan’s leaders (…)


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South Sudan says governance proposal remains “problematic”

July 18, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government delegation said it had not yet taken a decision on the “problematic” draft agreement on the governance but stressed that they would not initial it on Thursday due to the visit of Egyptian President to Khartoum.
On Wednesday, the negotiating delegations of the parties to the Khartoum Round of peace revitalization process received a new draft Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance. Also, the delegations met with the mediators who (…)


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Sudan’s NCP says many party members support al-Bashir reelection in 2020

July 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said it has launched internal discussions to select the party candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.
NCP political secretary Omer Basan said his party held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss major issues on the political arena and on top of which the selection of a presidential candidate for 2020 elections.
He pointed out that many voices within the NCP, as well as other political and societal forces, call for the (…)


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Egypt’s al-Sisi to visit Khartoum on Thursday

July 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi on Thursday would arrive in Khartoum on his first visit since he has been re-elected for a second term.
Egypt’s Ambassador to Khartoum Osama Shaltout told the official news agency SUNA that al-Sisi’s accompanying delegation includes ministers of foreign affairs, agriculture, defence and water resources and irrigation.
He pointed out that al-Sisi’s meeting with President Omer al-Bashir is his first since he assumed office in (…)


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TXET: Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance (final draft)

Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance
Mindful of their commitment under the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 to lay the foundation for a united, peaceful and prosperous society based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and the rule of law, Deeply regretting the scale of untold human suffering that had befallen their country and people as a result of disregarding this commitment, Determined to compensate their people by recommitting (…)


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Doha framework remains “flawed document” without implementation body: Darfur rebels

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Two non-signatory opposition groups from Darfur region cast doubts on the credibility of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) saying it lacks adequate implementation mechanism.
The Sudan Liberation Movement – Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Gibril Ibrahim make their criticism in a joint statement issued in reaction to the outcome statement of the 13th Meeting of the Implementation Follow-Up Commission (IFC) in Doha on 11 (…)


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UN imposes ban on arms flow to war-torn South Sudan

July 17, 2018 (JUBA) – The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan as a measure to prevent the flow of weapons to armed groups in the war-hit nation.
The members who backed the imposition of the ban believe such a move would help protect civilians, while others raised concerns that the policy would hinder the ongoing peace process in the nation.
With nine votes in favour of the policy, the resolution has been adopted obliging the 15-member UN body to (…)


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S. Sudan president sacks foreign affairs minister

July 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Tuesday sacked the foreign affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol and appointed Nhial Deng Nhial, formerly a special advisor, as the new minister.
A decree on the state-owned TV gave no reasons for Alor’s sacking.
A member of a group of former political detainees, Alor was known for his critical views over the slow implementation for of the August 2015 peace agreement by parties involved in the country’s civil war.
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Sudanese-French committee meets in Khartoum on Wednesday

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese-French joint political consultation committee would hold its 9th meeting on Wednesday in Khartoum, said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.
In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said the French side would be headed by Rémi Maréchaux the Director of East Africa and Indian Ocean Department at the French Foreign Ministry.
He added the French team also includes the French Ambassador to Khartoum (…)


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Sudan appeals for IMF help to alleviate economic woes

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and donor countries to contribute to easing the burden of economic reform policy on Sudanese people.
On Monday, an IMF team concluded a nine-day visit to Khartoum. Sudan’s Minister of Finance Mohamed Osman al-Rikabi said the visit of the team comes within the framework of the continued consultations between Sudan and the IMF.
He called on the IMF to assist his country to (…)


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South Sudanese parties strike deal on governance: mediation

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM-JUBA) – Sudanese mediation team Tuesday announced that an agreement has been reached on outstanding issues of governance and the signing ceremony will take place on Thursday.
But, the South Sudanese government spokesperson Michael Makuei said the Sudanese mediators will give them the final draft agreement on Wednesday and they will determine their position accordingly.
On Monday Makuei voiced strong reservations on the text but said the final decision would be (…)


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South Sudan parties should agree on power sharing

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi
A Revised Entebbe Proposal released yesterday in Khartoum as part of the Igad-led High Level Revitalization Forum HLRF of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan ARCSS provides, among others, for creation of Five Vice Presidents, 550 members of a Transitional National Legislative Assembly TNLA and 45 cabinet ministers in the young nation.
First, having a big government is very expensive indeed. But the South Sudan war itself has been (…)


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South Sudan govt voices strong reservations over revised Entebbe proposal

July 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government voiced strong reservations on the revised Entebbe Proposal on the outstanding issues of governance and blamed the mediation for making new propositions instead of developing the agreed provisions.
The revised version of Entebbe Proposal creates a new vice-president for the South Sudanese Opposition Alliance and reduced the government members to 35 ministers.
The government spokesperson and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said (…)


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