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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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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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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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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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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AU peace and security team in S. Sudan for peace

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – An African Union (AU) delegation are a five-day visit to South Sudan to urge South Sudanese parties to commit to the resolution of the civil war that erupted in mid-December 2013.
The delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) is led by Bankole Adeoye, permanent representative of Nigeria and chairperson of the PSC for this month, the AU said in a statement.
The PSC mission followed the visit by the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, (…)


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AU urges unreserved participation of Machar in peace talks

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mousa Faaki Mohamed has called for the unreserved participation of South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar in the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) initiated by the regional bloc (IGAD).
“The chairperson of the commission took advantage of his visit to meet with Dr. Riek Machar, the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM/IO). He underlined the imperative for all South Sudanese (…)


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South Sudan rebels release seeven aid workers

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) announced the release of seven aid workers upon directives from the group leader Riek Machar.
Recently the U.N. urged the SPLM-IO to release seven aid workers with the South Sudan Health Association (SSUHA) saying they were abducted on 25 March while delivering health supplies in Morobo county in Central Equatoria.
In a statement released on Sunday, Lam Paul Gabriel, the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson said (…)


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Activist urges AUPSC to push for Hybrid Court on S. Sudan

April 14, 2018 (JUBA) – The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) should push for the establishment of the Hybrid Court to try the different crimes committed during the civil war, an activist said. Members of the AUPSC are in South Sudan for a six-day consultation visit. The delegation will also travel to the northern town of Malakal.
“[The] AUPSC should make strong action-oriented positions on the ongoing violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 21st (…)


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Dinka elder says dismayed by ex-chief of staff’s decision to rebel

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – A member of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), an advisory body To South Sudan President Salva Kiir, has expressed dismay over the ex-army chief of staff’s move to rebel.
General Paul Malong announced the formation of the South Sudan United Front (SSUF), arguing that his movement was the only means through which he would work with compatriots to “arrest the carnage” in the war-torn country.
“Our movement is a just an urgent call to our compatriots and a struggle to (…)


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Monitors urged to involve women in S. Sudan peace process

April 14, 2018 (JUBA) – The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body monitoring the implementation of South Sudan’s peace accord, has been urged to involved women in the ongoing peace process.
The decision was reached on Friday during a meeting which JMEC officials held with a team from the Swedish ministry for foreign affairs.
The team is in South Sudan as part of a study tour to several countries to understand how gender issues are integrated into the United Nation (…)


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SPLM-IO says South Sudan army carried out fresh attacks on its position

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, Saturday accused the government forces of attacking their positions in Northern Liech State.
“This morning the 14/04/2018, the regime’s forces came out of their trenches and attacked the SPLA IO positions in Boaw and Nhialdiu and some forces are already on their way to Mir mir and Rukuai in (Northern) Liech state,” said SPLM-Io deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel.
The rebel official further claimed that Northern Liech (…)


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Tall tale of criminal confession from S. Sudan presidency

By Stephen Par Kuol
Those who could not have read the minds of Kiir’s fascist regime for years can now read its own lips confessing war crimes and financial corruption. Ateny Wek Ateny has been well known for his pompous blusters to defend the excesses of Kiir’s J1, but this time around, the mouthpiece of the palace cabal has spontaneously spewed out that his government looted the public coffers of South Sudan to scrap the Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS), (…)


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