UN sanctions committee briefed on situation in South Sudan

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – Members of the United Nations Security Council Committee, established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan, were briefed by the Panel of Experts on South Sudan in connection with the Panel’s final report, which was submitted in pursuance of paragraph 2 of resolution 2353 (2017).
During the deliberations, held on 11 April, the Committee reportedly considered the Panel’s findings with respect to the political and security situation in South Sudan; (…)


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South Sudan presidency denies arresting adviser

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed as propaganda reports alleging presidential adviser on military affairs, Daniel Awet Akot has been placed under house arrest, causing speculations and warning such actions could spark unrest.
The presidential adviser on security affairs. Tut Kew Gatluak denied that Akot is under house arrest, saying he was unaware of the top aide’s detention.
“I am not aware of this allegation. I spoke to Gen Daniel today and he did not (…)


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Sudan says rebels’ intransigence caused failure of Berlin meeting on Darfur peace

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese government accused Darfur armed group of rejecting all the compromises proposed by the international mediators to reach a declaration of principles paving the way for peace talks to end the 15-year conflict.
On Tuesday evening the delegations representing the Government of Sudan, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi ended two-day discussions in Berlin without signing a pre-negotiation agreement.
The two (…)


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South Sudan shuts BBC stations over “unpaid arrears”

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) The authorities in South Sudan have shut down the BBC’s FM relay stations in the capital, Juba and in the town of Wau.
The decision, an official said, was taken after the London-based radio ignored requests to pay arrears, despite a reminder in January.
“On 22 January 2018, the minister [of information] wrote to them [BBC] cancelling the agreement and informed BBC to pay SSBC [South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation] all the arrears and come to negotiate the new agreement (…)


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US- Sudan Relations: Washington wants progress in rights and religious freedom

April 16, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – In Phase II of the ongoing engagement with Sudan to normalize of relations, The United States will focus on the need for more progress in human rights and religious freedom in the east African country, said the State Department.
Last March a bipartisan group of 57 U.S. Congressmen wrote to John Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State who is tasked with the Sudanese file urging not to remove Sudan from the list of states supporting terrorism and normalize relations (…)


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EU envoys express concern over the situation in Abyei

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday have expressed concern about the situation of the people in the disputed Abyei region.
In a statement at the end of a two-day visit to the region, EU Ambassadors said the “objective of the visit was to examine the political, security, development and humanitarian situation on the ground”.
“The European diplomats held meetings with the leaders of Ngok Dinka and Misserya and Dinka Agok, representatives of the (…)


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Halayeb’s dispute must be resolved through direct talks or international arbitration: Sudan’s FM

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said his country wouldn’t accept any proposal to hold a referendum or allow joint administration for the disputed Halayeb triangle.
Speaking to the lawmakers on Wednesday, the Sudanese top diplomat renewed his country’s non-negotiable right to full sovereignty over the region, saying the dispute should be settled either through negotiations or international arbitration.
He pointed out that Sudan recalled its ambassador to (…)


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More than 260 aid groups operate in South Kordofan and Blue Nile: HAC

April 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) said more than 260 aid groups are currently operating in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan States.
In press statements on Tuesday, HAC acting commissioner Ahmed Mohamed Osman said they visited the IDPs areas in South Kordofan and provided them with the necessary aid.
He pointed out that Sudan is open to receive assistance for the needy population, saying there are 160 aid groups in South Kordofan and more than 100 groups (…)


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South Sudan presidential spokesperson disowns suspension reports

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Tuesday has dismissed as “fake” reports claiming he has been suspended from his assignment.
Ateny Wek Ateny said the social media reports were a creation of “rumour mongers to create disharmony at the South Sudanese presidency.
While Ateny denies social media reports, sources at the presidency told Sudan Tribune that there is a feeling within the presidential palace that Ateny should be replaced with someone (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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Sudan’s ruling party to hold dialogue with holdout parties

April 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said it would engage in a deep dialogue with the opposition forces during the next period.
In press statements on Tuesday, NCP deputy chairman of political sector Mohamed al-Mustafa said some holdout political parties have expressed desire to address national issues particularly ways to end the war and achieve peace.
He pointed out that the stated desire of the holdout parties would pave the way for holding (…)


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Sudan gov’t, Darfur armed groups fail to strike pre-negotiation deal

April 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The parties to Berlin talks on a pre-negotiation agreement for peace in Darfur have failed strike a deal paving the way for a political process to end the 15-year conflict.
Minni Minnawi the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) told Sudan Tribune late on Tuesday that the two-day meeting wrapped up without an agreement on a declaration of principles that open the door for a cessation of hostilities and the start of political talks.
He further pointed (…)


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EU ready to apply “measures” over S. Sudan peace process

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The European Union (EU) Council is ready to apply all appropriate measures to those obstructing the political process in war-torn South Sudan, according to its conclusions adopted on Monday.
The Council, in its conclusion, agreed that that 2018 is a critical year for securing peace in South Sudan, as the term of the transitional government of National Unity as set out in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) comes to an end.
“While (…)


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S. Sudanese authorities crackdown on allies of ex-army chief

April 16, 2018 (AWEIL) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state arrested dozens of former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan’s allies in the latest move to suppress his activities.
Those arrested on Sunday, sources told Sudan Tribune, included the state assembly speaker, Deng Ayom as well as five other lawmakers.
The commander of South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), a rebel movement in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Santino Manut, said those arrested are (…)


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South Sudan conflict continues to be marked by sexual violence: UN

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – In a report to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said sexual violence in South Sudan remains characterized in 2017 with marked political and ethnic undertones
“In almost all recorded cases, the perpetrators and victims came from rival ethnic groups, with the physical violence often accompanied by verbal insults levelled against victims on the basis of their identity and presumed allegiance,” reads the report
However, it said the (…)


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South Sudan peace monitors brief AUPSC delegation

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The senior leadership of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) secretariat briefed the visiting African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) delegation on the recent activities in relation to their monitoring activities in South Sudan.
The AU delegation are a five-day visit to the war-torn East African country to urge South Sudanese parties to commit to the (…)


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Family of former Sudan army chief dismiss death reports

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The family of South Sudan’s army chief of staff, General James Ajonga Mawut have dismissed reports alleging he died in a neighbouring nation.
They described the reports circulating as a “blessing” to Ajonga.
“From onset we would like to state categorically that there is nothing much to worry about and to inform the general public that your son and leader, General James Ajonga is responding well and will soon return home to live among his people and continue to (…)


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