Category: South Sudan Peace Implementation

South Sudan Opposition Alliance says awaiting draft agreement on governance issues

July 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Sunday played down statements by government officials about the signing of an agreement on the outstanding issues in the power-sharing and governance chapter saying until now they didn’t receive the draft agreement.
South Sudanese government spokesperson and information minister Friday hinted that an agreement on the governance would be signed on Tuesday 17 July after a delay by the mediation which didn’t hand over the final (…)


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Govt says extension of Kiir’s term will boost peace in South Sudan

July 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government rejects accusations that the extension of the mandate of President Salva Kiir for additional three years will affect the peace talks or the implementation of any deal struck between the parties to the process.
The opposition groups condemned the constitutional amendment extending Kiir’s term until August 2021 and called for regional and international pressures to dissuade him from signing the bill.
In statements released in Juba on Friday (…)


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Troika, South Sudan opposition reject extension of Kiir’s term

July 13, 2018 (JUBA) – The Troika countries and South Sudanese opposition groups Friday strongly reacted against the extension of the mandate of President Salva Kiir for three years, saying it would not help to bring peace in South Sudan.
The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Thursday amended the constitution to empower President Kiir to rule the country for more three years from August 2018 to August 2021. Also, it did the same for the parliament and other vice-presidents. (…)


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South Sudan opposition alliance decries extension of Kiir’s term

July 2, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Thursday slammed the adoption by the South Sudanese parliament of a constitutional amendment extending the mandate of President Salva Kiir, his deputies and the parliament until 21 August 2021.
In a statement extended to the Sudan Tribune, the SSOA condemned the extension saying the “unconstitutional” move undermined the ongoing peace talks.
“We condemn this move in the strongest terms possible. This is a regime only (…)


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South Sudan govt awaiting mediation’s new peace proposals

July 11, 2018 (JUBA) – The Sudanese mediators are still reviewing the draft agreement on the South Sudan peace revitalization forum, said the information minister Michael Makuei Lueth on Wednesday.
Following a meeting held in Entebbe on Saturday, it was announced that the South Sudanese parties would sign in Khartoum an agreement on the outstanding issues in the power-sharing and governance and conclude the revitalization forum on Wednesdays 11 July.
However, the information minister who (…)


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Should the AU, UN takeover South Sudan peace process?

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi
Over the weekend, the media widely reported that South Sudan’s warring parties agreed to a power-sharing deal reinstating the leader of the armed opposition (SPLM/A-IO) Dr Riek Machar as First Vice President, quoting Sudan’s foreign minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed.
“It has been agreed that there will be four vice presidents: the current two vice presidents, plus Riek Machar (who) will assume the position of first vice president, and then the fourth position will be (…)


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South Sudan opposition calls for African Union involvement in peace talks

July 10, 2018 (JUAB) – The SPLM Leaders (FPD) chairperson Tuesday said the Khartoum round of talks for peace in South Sudan is missing transparency and inclusivity and called for more African union involvement in the IGAD-led process.
The call comes after a statement by the SPLM-IO clarifying its position from the outcome of a meeting held between its leader and South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda presidents last Saturday, saying that its chairman Riek Machar rejected Entebbe proposal which was (…)


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South Sudan Peace Process: Wrestling at Heaven’s Gate

The Challenges of Forging a Vision for a Peaceful and Prosperous South Sudan
By John A. Akec*
The importance of a vision in the life of a nation is as ancient as our planet earth. Visions have underpinned the rise and fall of great civilizations throughout the recorded history of the world. Its mention goes back as far as the Bible time, wherein the book of Proverb we read: “where there is no vision, people perish.” Other versions of the holy book put it more starkly: “when there is no (…)


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Khartoum extends South Sudan talks until 12 July

July 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed said talks on the outstanding issues in the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement will continue in Khartoum for additional three days.
The Khartoum round of talks between the South Sudanese parties on the outstanding issues in security arrangements and governance chapters of the 2015 peace agreement was initially scheduled to conclude on 9 July.
El-Dirdeiry disclosed the extension of Khartoum peace talks (…)


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Recommendations to South Sudan peace proposal

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi
On Tuesday, the Khartoum mediation team on South Sudan peace process released a revised proposal for a power-sharing deal between the South Sudanese parties and entities in an Igad-led process aimed at ending the conflict in the youngest nation.
The proposal dubbed “Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Responsibility Sharing” provides that the incumbent President Salva Kiir shall continue as President, while SPLM/A-IO Chairman Dr Riek Machar shall assume the (…)


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South Sudan’s parties sign security arrangements agreement

July 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudanese government and armed opposition groups parties Friday signed an agreement on the outstanding issues of the security arrangements paving the way for a proper implementation of permanent ceasefire agreement they enforced since the first July.
The deal includes the permanent ceasefire, the pre-transitional period measures, the transitional and period mechanism of security arrangements.
The parties have reached the deal since Wednesday. However, on (…)


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TEXT: South Sudan’s Security Arrangements Agreement

1.1. The Parties hereby agree that the Permanent Ceasefire signed in the Khartoum Declaration of 27 June 2018, which came into effect on 1st July 2018, shall be observed meticulously throughout the Republic of South Sudan.

1.2. In observing the Permanent Ceasefire The Parties reiterate all their commitments under the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) signed on 21st December 2017.

1.3. Prisoners of War (POWs) and Detainees shall be released immediately under the supervision of the (…)


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South Sudanese parties strike deal on security arrangement chapter

July 5, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudanese belligerents have reached an agreement on the security arrangements as they settled the last four outstanding issues paving the way for discussions on pending issues in the governance chapter.
Sudanese army spokesperson Ahmed Khalifa al-Shami, announced that the South Sudanese parties in the IGAD-led process have reached an agreement on the outstanding issues in the security arrangements.
“The final draft agreement will be signed in an official (…)


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South Sudanese parties await final draft agreement on security issues: Lueth

July 4, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese parties Wednesday have discussed with the Sudanese mediators the draft agreement on the outstanding security arrangements as they expect to receive the final draft agreement by Thursday.
The IGAD-led face-to-face round of talks in Khartoum have started in Khartoum on 25 June. Two days after, the South Sudanese parties signed a framework agreement, providing to implement the permanent ceasefire even before to settle the outstanding issues in the security (…)


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SPLA-IO rebels say South Sudan prepare for new attacks on Kajo-Keji

July 2, 2018 (JUBA) – The main armed opposition group in South Sudan Monday renewed accusations against the government forces saying they are preparing to carry out against their positions in the Yei River State.
The strategic state which borders Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been the theatre of continued clashes between the government and rebel forces in the southern part of South Sudan.
“It came to our knowledge that, Emmanuel adil Anthony, the regime’s Governor of (…)


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South Sudan’s MPs discuss extending Kiir term for more three years

July 2, 2018 (JUBA) — South Sudanese parliament Monday has started a debate on a constitutional amendment bill extending President Salva Kiir’s mandate for additional three years.
In a speech to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA), Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Unango indicated that the bill extends the term of President Kiir, his deputies and the parliament to July 2021
The extensions will enable President Kiir and the parliament to (…)


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African Union to elaborate roadmap for effective peace in South Sudan

July 1, 2018 (JUBA) – The African Union committee on South Sudan decided to elaborate a plan to bring peace in the troubled country and to salvage the millions of civilians affected by the over four-and-half year.
In a meeting held on the margins of the African Union summit in Mauritania on 30 June, the African Union High-Level Ad Hoc Committee for South Sudan convened its 7th meeting on South Sudan.
The discussions focused on how to effectively support the IGAD efforts to end the South (…)


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South Sudan ceasefire violators to be publicly named and shamed: statement

July 1, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Sunday praised the compliance by the warring parties to the declaration to implement the permanent ceasefire recently signed in Khartoum and warned that South Sudan’s ceasefire violators will be denounced publicly.
In a statement released on Sunday, al-Bashir who is the Guarantor of the South Sudan Permanent Ceasefire urged the warring parties to follow through with their forces in the field to prevent any skirmishes and to (…)


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