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November 19, 2017

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SPLM-IO rejects Cairo deal, reiterates calls to end Machar confinement in S. Africa

November 17, 2017 (JUBA) – The SPLM-In Opposition led by the former First Vice President Riek Machar Friday denounced the recent SPLM reunification agreement signed in Cairo and called to end the confinement of its leader in South Africa.
Based on Arusha deal of 2015 for the reunification of historical SPLM to serve as vector to end the four year conflict, the faction of Former Political Detainees (FDs) has finally accepted to join the two ruling factions led by President Salva Kiir and (…)


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South Sudan’s SPLM reunification deal in Egypt excludes Machar: official

November 17, 2017 (JUBA) – The new reunification deal of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) factions in Egypt, excludes the group of the former First Vice President Riek Machar, said a South Sudanese official on Friday.
Nhial Deng Nhial, Senior Presidential Adviser and Special Envoy told reporters on arrival from Egyptians capital to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, that the new deal does not recognize Machar as leader of the SPLM-IO faction but accept his participation in the (…)


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S. Sudan civil society body welcomes extension of UNISFA mandate

November 15, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese civil society entity has welcomed Wednesday’s decision of by the United Nations Security Council to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Abyei.
The UN Council extended until 15 May 2018 UNISFA’s mandate in Abyei, a contested territory on the Sudan and South Sudan border.
Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member Security Council also extended, for the same duration, tasks of UNISFA set out in the resolution that authorized the (…)


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U.S lauds S. Sudan’s decision to allow free access for aid groups

November 15, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – The United States administration has welcoming a pledge from the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to allow free movement for humanitarian agencies that have struggled to reach some of the war-torn country’s needy people.
The decision made by the South Sudanese government comes barley a month after Nikki Haley, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations visited the East African nation and held talks with President Kiir in the capital, Juba.
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S. Sudan ex-military intelligence chief denies meeting rebels

November 14, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s former head of militarily intelligence General Paul Mach has denied meeting rebel groups in Uganda, dispelling reports he intends to rebel against government.
Last week, unconfirmed reports indicated that Mach groups in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, saying such reports were “fabricated”. “I am stating categorically that I am not aware of such a meeting, nor involved in it. It is a constructed lie peddled by those seeking to further their agenda by (…)


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South Sudan lawmakers pass labour regulations

November 14, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Transitional parliament on Tuesday passed a labour bill seeking to protect rights of workers in the country.
The long-awaited bill passed by the country’s lawmakers also gives guidelines pertaining the employment of foreigners in South Sudan.
The undersecretary for labour and industrial relations in the ministry of labour, Mary Hilary Wani was quoted saying government had, in the past, faced numerous difficulties in enforcing labour regulations,
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S. Sudan president to take different path to end civil war

November 14, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has pledged to take a different path to end the ongoing war, saying recommendations of the national dialogue process will guide the future of the new nation.
“There is suffering, yes I know. Our people are strong hearted, you know that. But there are people who are using them as a tool for personal interest. This must be changed and I will take a different path to end the war and make our people return home,” said Kiir.
The South (…)


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S. Sudan Supreme Court judge resigns over “interference”

November 14, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Supreme Court judge, Justice Kukurlopita Marino Pitia has resigned over “lack of judicial independence”.
In a 14 November letter to President Salva Kiir, Pitia also cited lack of independence of judges and justices, security of tenure of the office of the judges and justice, lack of financial independence of the judiciary and poor administration of the judiciary, among others.
“I Kukurlopita Marino Pitia, Justice of the Supreme Court of the judiciary (…)


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UN welcomes S. Sudan’s directive on humanitarian access

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – A United Nations official has welcomed South Sudan’s decision to allow free, unimpeded and unhindered movement of humanitarian organizations in the country.
Alain Noudehou, the UN humanitarian coordinator, said ensuring unhindered humanitarian access is essential for saving lives of those in need of aid.
“South Sudan’s humanitarian partners appreciate the step that President Kiir has taken to ensure the free movement of supplies and personnel, particularly at a (…)


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South Sudan not using food as weapon of war, says official

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday dismissed a United Nations report, which claimed is government was deliberately using food as a weapon of war to starve thousands of its population.
A confidential report from UN monitors presented to the Security Council blamed South Sudan government for allegedly blocking life-saving aid in some areas, causing sufferings to the displaced people.
The UN report faults President Salva Kiir’s government for food insecurity situation in a nation (…)


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Sudan, S. Sudan border commission to meet next week

November 13, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Technical Committee for Border Demarcation (TCBD) has said the Joint Border Commission (JBC) between Sudan and South Sudan would meet next week in Khartoum.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the TCBD chairman and Co-chair of the JBC Abdalla al-Sadiq as saying the meeting will discuss ways to accelerate border demarcation process between the two countries.
He pointed out that the JBC has made great progress in its work during the (…)


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South Sudan president assures former army chief of safety

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has assured the country’s former army chief of safety, reducing panic and tension generated by the deployment of government troops around the latter’s home.
Elders and church leaders involved in negotiations to break the standoff between government and General Paul Malong Awan said the latter was now free to move and live anywhere in the country.
“The discussions we have had with the president have been encouraging. He is a man of (…)


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Sudan to deliver food aid to South Sudan through N. Kordofan

November 12, 2017 (EL-OBEID) – Local officials in North Kordofan state Sunday said all arrangements have been completed to resume relief operations in South Sudan through a new route connecting the state with the neighbouring country.
Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.
In July 2014, Juba and Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a (…)


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Sudan to deliver food aid to South Sudan through N. Kordofan

November 12, 2017 (EL-OBEID) – Local officials in North Kordofan state Sunday said all arrangements have been completed to resume relief operations in South Sudan through a new route connecting the state with the neighbouring country.
Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.
In July 2014, Juba and Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a (…)


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S. Sudan government using food as weapon of war: UN report

November 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government uses food as a weapon of war to target civilians by blocking life-saving aid in some areas, a United Nations report to the Security Council has revealed.
According to the confidential report seen by Reuters, between 2016 and 2017, a campaign allegedly carried by government troops in South Sudan’s Wau state and areas in Western Bahr el-Ghazal targeted civilians on ethnic grounds, displacing more than 100,000.
“The government has during much (…)


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Aweil community demand immediate release of ex-army chief

November 11, 2017 (JUBA) – The Aweil community have issued a strongly-worded statement demanding the “immediate” release of South Sudan’s former army chief, Paul Malong Awan from detention.
The community, in a 10 November statement, warned that it would hold President Salva Kiir personally responsible should anything happen to Awan while in detention.
“If Gen. Malong dies today in Juba, then we the Aweil community will hold you personally responsible for his blood. We will also hold you (…)


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S. Sudan president orders decisive action to maintain security

November 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered for a decisive action to maintain security in the country, an attempt aimed at deflecting and allaying fears and panic generated by the standoff with former army chief, General Paul Malong and the defection of officers and soldiers from government.
President Kiir, according to South Sudan’s minister for interior, gave the orders during the meeting of the security committee, which was held Friday under his chairmanship (…)


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UN monitors accuse South Sudan army of blocking humanitarian assistance

November 10, 2017 (JUBA) – United Nations monitors have accused the South Sudanese government of preventing humanitarian assistance to reach the civilians in the war-affected areas located in Western Bahr el-Ghazal region, adding they are perceived as hostile to the regime.
“The government has during much of 2017 deliberately prevented life-saving food assistance from reaching some citizens,” says a report to the U.N. Security Council’s South Sudan sanctions committee submitted by UN (…)


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