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South Sudan Kiir, Machar meet in Addis Ababa

June 20, 23018 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar Wednesday have finally met on Wednesday in a meeting attended by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The meeting was announced in a twit released by the Director of Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office Fitsum Arega without details about the outcome of the encounter.
“HE PM Abiy Ahmed hosted a private dinner to President Salva Kiir and Dr Rieck Machar together. The two met for the first time in (…)


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SPLM-IO leader meets Ethiopia’s FM before his meeting with S. Sudan Kiir

June 20, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu Wednesday met with the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar ahead of a meeting with his rival President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa.
Machar arrived in the early morning to Addis Ababa where he was received by Mrs Hirut Zemene, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In a statement released this afternoon, the foreign ministry said Minister Gebeyehu held talks with Machar on the IGAD’s efforts to revitalize the peace process (…)


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South Sudan’s opposition alliance rejects IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal

June 19, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has rejected the IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal to end the four-and-half year conflict in the country, saying it avoided considering crucial outstanding issues.
On Monday, the IGAD mediation closed the Intensive Interlinked Consultations (IICs) and decided to refer the outstanding issues in the power-sharing chapter to the IGAD Council of Ministers to resolve and then submit it to the IGAD head of states and governments (…)


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South Sudan outstanding issues to be discussed in Kiir-Machar meeting

June 18, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese parties concluded the IGAD brokered round of Intensive Interlinked Consultations (IICs) on Monday without an agreement on the governance chapter, and it was decided to refer the outstanding issues to the face-to-face meeting of the rival leaders.
The IGAD Council of Ministers, last May, decided to hold the IICs to assist South Sudanese parties to reach a common ground on the outstanding issues of security arrangements and governance.
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Juba only pledged to consider holding Kiir-Riek meeting in Khartoum: diplomat

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir has only pledged to consider the Sudanese proposal to hold in Khartoum the face-to-face meeting between him and his main rival Riek Machar, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.
South Sudanese Government Spokesperson came out on Friday say they do not want this crucial meeting for the peace process to be held in one of the IGAD countries because there are “competing interests” and indicated they prefer a neutral country such as South Africa.
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S. Sudan parties resume talks as IGAD makes revised bridging proposal

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese parties Saturday started three-day Intensive Interlink Consultations meeting to discuss a revised Bridging Proposal dealing with the outstanding issue in the peace revitalization forum.
The IGAD mediators submitted to the participants a new proposal described as “a middle ground on their various negotiating positions” on the power-sharing or governance and security arrangements. The parties during the three-day consultations are supposed to sign it (…)


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UN panel proposes to set parameters to lift Darfur arms embargo

June 15, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – UN committee for sanctions on Sudan said the Security Council can now consider setting parameters for the removal of sanctions related to Darfur region including an arms embargo.
In line with the UN resolution 1591 (2005) The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on the warring parties in Darfur region and authorised individual sanctions including a travel ban and asset freeze on people obstructing peace or violate international humanitarian or human rights (…)


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Ethiopia’s Abiy welcomes al-Bashir efforts for peace in South Sudan

June 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed praised the efforts of President Omer al-Bashir to bring peace in South Sudan in support of the IGAD mediation, said the Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday.
Abiy received the Sudanese Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed who briefed him about al-Bashir’s initiative to convene a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar
“The minister stressed that the initiative comes within the (…)


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Ethiopia’s Abiy invites Kiir and Machar for face-to-face talks in Addis Ababa

June 13, 2018 (JUBA) – The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has invited President Salva Kiir and the leader of main armed opposition group Riek Machar to meet in Addis Ababa within a week.
in a statement released on Wednesday said the SPLM-IO acknowledged receipt of the invitation letter to its leader for “IGAD-led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa”.
“The Movement welcomes this invitation and salutes the courage of IGAD for (…)


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South Sudan president approves resignation of SPLM chief whip

June 12, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Tuesday accepted the resignation of the chief whip of the ruling SPLM’s in the parliament and appointed a new successor to ensure that the MPs of the majority party back the government and vote as the party desires.
On 29 May, Atem Garang de Kuek resigned from the leadership of the SPLM whipping system following a disagreement with the Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Anthony Lino Makana who refused to increase the salaries (…)


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UN, AU propose closure of UNAMID sites in Darfur except for Jebel Marra

June 11, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – UN Peacekeeping Chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Monday proposed to close all the UNMAID sites in Darfur region expect the greater Jebel Marra area and to increase peacebuilding and development.
Lacroix made his proposal during a briefing on an African Union-United Nations report on the strategic review of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. He said the mission needs to be adapted to Darfur current realities.
Based on the idea that the (…)


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Kenya’s Odinga says his role is complementary to IGAD efforts in South Sudan

June 10, 2018 (JUBA) – Kenyan former prime minister Sunday denied brokering a meeting between the South Sudanese president and his main rival in parallel to a meeting the IGAD organize in Khartoum.
Raila Odinga met recently with President Salva Kiir in Juba and the former First Vice President Riek Mack in Pretoria amid reports that he would organize a meeting between them Kiir in Nairobi.
His move coincided with a Sudanese initiative in coordination with the IGAD Chair to gather the two (…)


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South Sudan to issue new 500 pounds banknote

June 9, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan announced the upcoming release of a new 500-pound banknote reflecting the country’s weakening economy.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) said the new banknote will be introduced “soon”.
The introduction of the new 500-pound banknote, which will be the highest-domination note in circulation in the country, comes as a direct result of the soaring inflation four-and half-year after the beginning of civil war.
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Kenyan former prime minister holds talks with South Sudan rebel leader

June 8, 2018 (JUBA) – Raila Odinga, Kenyan former prime minister and head of has on Friday held talks with South Sudanese former First Vice President and rebel leader, Riek Machar in a private initiative to narrow the gaps between him and President Sava Kiir.
The Kenyan politician met recently with President Kiir in Juba and informed him of his plan to reconcile him with Machar pointing to his experience with President Kenyatta following last year’s bitterly contested presidential election. (…)


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Kiir-Machar meeting to be attended by Ethiopian PM

June 7, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar will meet in Khartoum in the third week of June in presence of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who is also the IGAD chair.
The meeting which will be held within the IGAD efforts to settle the four-and-half-year-old conflict comes as President Kiir and former First Vice-President Machar said ready to meet each other.
Sudanese officials told Sudan Tribune under the cover of anonymity that the (…)


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Machar is “happy” to meet Kiir over South Sudan peace process: statement

June 6, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO announced the readiness of its leader Riek Machar to meet with President Salva Kiir saying he would be “happy” by such meeting to make a breakthrough in the stalled peace process.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Sudanese foreign ministry said President Kiir has accepted a proposition by President Omer al-Bashir to meet with SPLM-UIO leader in Khartoum within the efforts of the IGAD leaders to break the (…)


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South Sudan’s Kiir to meet Machar in Khartoum: minister

June 5, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir agreed to meet with his former First Vice-President Riek Machar in Khartoum, announced the Sudanese Foreign Minister upon his return from Juba on Tuesday.
President Kiir met with a Sudanese delegation headed by foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed including Oil Minister Azhary Abdel Gader and the head of National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Gosh, said the foreign ministry in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune. (…)


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UN peacekeepers attacked in South Sudan’s Leer area

June 4, 2018 (JUBA) – A convoy of international peacekeepers patrolling in the Unity region came under direct attack when they were inspecting the security situation in Leer area, said the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday.
In a statement released after the incident, the UNMISS said the attack took place in Rubkway, about 20 km north of Leer town when the convoy, which was heading to Thaker in Mayendit County, stopped briefly to interact with a civilian.
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