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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U.S embassy initiates curfew after renewed clashes in S. Sudan

April 21, 2018 (JUBA) – The United State embassy in South Sudan has announced a temporary curfew for its personnel after renewed clashes erupted west of the capital, Juba on Thursday.
“Effective immediately and until 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018, the Embassy’s curfew has been temporarily changed from 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,” partly reads the embassy’s statement issued on Friday.
The embassy, in the brief statement, also appealed to US citizens in the country to be cautious and closely (…)


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UN official calls to focus on South Sudan civilians protection from sexual violence

April 20, 2019 (JUBA) – At the end of her four-day visit to South Sudan, UN chief aide for peacekeeping operations, Bintou Keita Thursday called to focus on protection of civilians particularly women and children who are victims of sexual violence.
Keita’s visit came after the renewal of UNMISS mandate for another year until March 2019. The resolution 2406 (2018) pointed to the need to prevent sexual and gender-based violence against civilians and encouraged the mission to explore what (…)


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South Sudan army chief dies in Egypt

April 20, 2018 (JUBA/CAIRO) – South Sudan’s army chief of general staff, General James Ajongo Mawut has died, the government said Friday.
Mawut, a statement noted, died in Cairo on Friday after a short illness.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of General James Ajongo Mawut, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s chief of defense force,” partly reads President Salva Kiir’s statement.
The South Sudanese leader described the deceased as a “remarkable” man and committed (…)


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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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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.
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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
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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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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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South Sudan former army chief sets to unveil leadership structure

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – Former South Sudan’s army chief of staff and leader of the newly formed South Sudan United Front (SS-UF) Friday said he is preparing to form a new leadership structure after completing mass consultations.
Gen Paul Malong Awan told Sudan Tribune that he has not formed the SS-UF leadership structure, dispelling initial reports he assembled his team in preparation for joining the IGAD brokered peace revitalization forum.
The former strong ally of president Salva (…)


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Machar and AU chairperson discuss S. Sudan peace deal

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar and the African Union chairperson, Mousa Faaki Mohamed met on Thursday in South Africa to discuss the ongoing peace process.
The two leaders, during the meeting held in Pretoria, discussed the high-level revitalization forum, challenges facing the process and the role of other peace partners, like AU and the five African countries that form the IGAD-Plus.
The IGAD-Plus nations (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa) (…)


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Ex-South Sudan army chief denies receiving $5m to kill Machar

April 11, 2018 (JUBA) – Allegations that South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan obtained $5 million from the country’s Central Bank to kill rebel leader Riek Machar are untrue, the spokesperson of the Malong-led South Sudan United Front (SSUF) clarified.
“We are also refuting and condemning claims that 5 million dollars was given to General Malong so as to kill Riek Machar. It is untrue and thus a possible ploy meant to disintegrate the alliance formed by the (…)


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Former South Sudanese army chief says pushed to rebel

April 10, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan ex-army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan on Tuesday claimed he was pushed into rebellion after all attempts to reconcile him with President Salva Kiir and his entire administration failed.
“Every attempt, both public and private to engage the Kiir’s regime towards peace has been flatly manipulated by regime apologists and those who spearhead the peace effort put on the hit list. Anyone who mentions the need for peaceful engagement is branded an (…)


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Sudan’s government parties back Bashir’s re-election in 2020

April 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The political parties of the National Consensus Government (NCG) have agreed to back the re-election of President Omer al-Bashir in 2020.
The announcement was made by Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman following a meeting of an NCG delegation with the deputy chairman of the National Congress Party (NCP) Faisal Hassan Ibrahim on Monday.
“The coalition government’s parties agreed that the implementation of the outputs of the national dialogue ‘process) (…)


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South Sudan ex-army chief forms rebel group

April 9, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former army chief of staff has formed a rebel movement, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir.
General Paul Malong Awan announced on Monday formation of South Sudan United Front, declaring it as a means through which he would work with compatriots to establish strong institutions than strongmen.
“Our movement is a just and urgent call to our compatriots and a struggle to first arrest the carnage that has befell (…)


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Darfur security situation creates conditions to reduce more peacekeepers: meeting

April 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – African Union, UN and Sudan mechanism on UNAMID Sunday have agreed that the continued improvement of security situation creates favourable conditions for the withdrawal of more peacekeepers from Darfur.
The Tripartite Coordination Mechanism tasked with the implementation of UNAMID’s mandate met Sunday in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing troops’ reconfiguration process which ultimately should lead to the full withdrawal of peacekeeping mission from Darfur.
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South Sudan rebels accuse gov’t of planning to kidnap refugees in Uganda

April 6, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebels allied to the country’s former First Vice- President Riek Machar claimed that the South Sudanese government was planning to kidnap and track down refugees in Ugandan resettlement camps and Kampala town.
Lam Paul Gabriel SPLA-IO deputy spokesperson told Sudan Tribune they got intelligence that the South Sudanese security service in the West Nile region of Uganda plans to abduct South Sudanese opponents in Ugandan.
He further provided the name of (…)


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S. Sudan opposition alliance requests IGAD mediators to deal with them as one entity

April 6, 2018 (JUBA)- The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) demanded the IGAD mediation team to deal with them as one political entity in the peace revitalization forum which is expected to resume on 26 April.
The SSOA ()”is a united group and as stakeholders, we have had one common position throughout the last two rounds of talks (Phases I and II). Therefore, in the consultations the IGAD intends to carry out between now and the 26th of April, we would like to be consulted as one (…)


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