S. Sudan being punished for not paying for western support: Kiir

April 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir said his country was being punished by western powers for not paying for their support in the long civil war against neigbouring Sudan.
The South Sudanese leader said it is a culture among African people to pay back without being reminded of the support they received from those who provided needed support and the time of need.
“The country is suffering today because of the punishment we are getting from western countries. They think (…)


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S. Sudan’s planned election violates peace process: Amum

April 23, 2018 (NAIROBI) – Threats by South Sudan government to hold elections is a plan to violate the peace process mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Pagan Amum, a member of the former political detainees said.
In an email to Sudan Tribune, the former secretary general of the country’s ruling party (SPLM) said it will be a “sham” election process.
South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), which also includes Amum’s group of the former detained earlier, demanded (…)


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Sudanese-British strategic dialogue to convene this week in Khartoum

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday said arrangements are underway to hold the second phase of the strategic dialogue between Sudan and the United Kingdom this week.
On Sunday, Sudan’s acting Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdallah Idriss has received a copy of the credentials of the new British Ambassador to Sudan Irfan Siddiq in order to present it to President Omer al-Bashir.
During the meeting, the Sudanese minister stressed his government’s keenness to cooperate (…)


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S. Sudan repatriates late army chief’s body from Egypt

April 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government on Monday received the body of army chief of staff, Gen James Ajongo Mawut, who died on Friday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo after a short illness.
Mawut died in a military hospital in Egypt and preparations to take his body to his ancestral home in Bar-Mayen village are underway.
Top army officers and government officials upon arrival on Egyptian military on April 23, 2018 at Juba international airport from which it was taken to St. (…)


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UN rights expert calls to allow freedoms in Sudan and end Darfur emergency

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, Monday called to ensure freedoms in Sudan and end the state of emergency in Darfur region.
Nononsi concluded a visit to Sudan from 14 to 24 April to assess the implementation of recommendations made to the Government by human rights mechanisms. Besides the government officials, he met with UN officials, UNAMID and civil society groups.
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French delegation visits Eritrean refugees in Sudan’s Kassala State

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – French Ambassador to Khartoum Emmanuelle Blatmann and the French Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Stéphane Gruenberg Monday paid a visit to Kassala to inspect Eritrean refugees camps in the State.
Kassala state, which borders Eritrea, is a transit point for illegal immigrants from Eritrea who seek to reach Europe through Egypt and Libya.
Eritreans made up the largest group of people from Africa making the perilous voyage to Europe last year. The trend (…)


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Germany vows to continue to facilitate Sudan’s peace talks

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The German Ambassador to Khartoum Ulrich Klöckner said his country would continue its efforts to facilitate peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel movements.
In an interview with the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) on Monday, the German envoy said his government is working with the African Union since two years to facilitate Sudan’s peace talks and bring the holdout political parties to the negotiating table.
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Sexual minority activists threatened, flee South Sudan

April 22, 2018 (JUBA) – A sexual minority activist has fled South Sudan after facing threats from the country’s national security operatives.
Asan Juma, the executive director for Access for All [AfA], said she ran into trouble for championing the rights of gays and lesbians.
She claimed his community-based organization is being targeted by the South Sudanese security operatives, who have accused her of promoting the rights of sexual minorities in the war-torn nation.
Asan said it is hard (…)


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Sudan produces 36.5 tons of gold in first quarter 2018

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s gold production has reached 36.5 tons during the first quarter of this year, said a report released Sunday by the Sudanese Minerals Resources Company (SMRC), the monitoring arm of the Sudan Minerals Ministry.
The SMRC performance report revealed that the “production of gold for the first quarter reached (36.5) tons with a performance rate of (162%) while the revenues during the first quarter reached 778.548 million Sudanese pounds ($43 million) with a (…)


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Sudan, Chad and Niger armies discuss border security

April 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Military chiefs of staff from Chad, Niger and Sudan held a consultations meeting in Khartoum on border security following the increase of transnational crimes in the sub-Saharan region.
Took part in the meeting Lt. Gen. Kamal Abdel-Marouf Chief of the General Staff of the Sudan Armed Forces, Lt Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Niger, and Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Saeed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Chad.
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Clerics promoting violence in South Sudan, says VP

April 22, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan vice-president, James Wani Igga has, in an unexpected move, accused the clergy of promoting violence in the young nation by allegedly spreading hate messages.
Igga, while addressing the congregation at All Saint Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Juba Sunday, claimed some said some clergymen were orchestrators of violence.
“Some clergymen have resorted to preaching against personalities in this country. They misinforming (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir, AU peace commissioner discuss regional security

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Sunday has discussed with the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui the regional security and the situation in Libya.
Al-Bashir on Sunday morning received the AU official at his place of residence in the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar on the sidelines of the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.
According to the official news agency SUNA, Chergui expressed appreciation for the positive (…)


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A new approach to peace

By Miroslav Laják When the United Nations was created, its founders envisioned a different kind of world.
A world in which disputes were resolved in meeting rooms and not battlefields. A world in which wars were stopped before they broke out. A world that didn’t wait for lives to be lost before springing into action.
But violent conflicts are on the rise in many parts of the world today. They’re becoming more drawn out, complex and deadly. Civilians are no longer killed in cross-fire; (…)


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S. Sudan former detainees mourn fallen army chief

April 22, 2018 (JUBA) – The former political detainees in South Sudan have described the country’s fallen army chief of staff, General James Ajongo Mawut as “a friend, a liberator and a colleague”.
Mawut died in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Friday after a short illness.
The group, in a 20 April condolence message to the deceased family and the public, expressed shock over Mawut’s death.
“It is with shock that we have come to learn of the untimely passing on of General James Ajongo Mawut. (…)


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Sudan, Saudi Arabia chiefs of staff discuss military cooperation

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF)’s Chief of the General Staff, Lt General Kamal Abdel-Ma’arouf and his Saudi counterpart, Lt General Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwayli have discussed military cooperation between the two countries.
On Sunday, Abdel-Ma’arouf returned to Khartoum following a 3-day visit to Saudi Arabia during which he attended the closing ceremony of the joint military exercise “Gulf Shield-1”.
The two chiefs of staff discussed a number of issues of common (…)


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SLM-AW says fierce clashes taking place in Darfur’s Jebel Marra

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Liberation Movement – Abed Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) Sunday released a short statement claiming that its fighters are under fierce attacks of the government forces in northern Jebel Marra.
Last March and during the first two weeks of April, the SLM-AW spoke about fighting in eastern and southern parts of Jebel Marra, stressing that civilians are in dire need of humanitarian aid.
The rebel group since Friday have released three statement speaking about (…)


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Rights defenders call for international pressures over arbitrary detention in Sudan

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Over fifty human rights defenders form Sudan, United Kingdom and the United States have called on the African Union and United Nations to put the needed pressure on Khartoum government to end arbitrary detention and improve the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan.
In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, African Union Commission, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the signatories said the release of 50 political (…)


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