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Ethiopia Deports South Sudan Cabinet Affairs Minister

Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia called for IGAD mediation team to reconstituted
“For peace to return to South Sudan, the entire IGAD mediation team must be reconstituted.” – Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, South Sudan Cabinet Affairs Minister

By Radio Tamazuj,

A group of pro-government political parties headed by South Sudan’s Cabinet Affairs Minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro have been deported from Ethiopia in response to Juba preventing opposition leader Lam Akol from traveling to the Addis Ababa talks.

Elia and his group traveled to Addis Ababa with the government delegation last week to participate in the peace talks, but Akol, who leads a group of independent opposition parties, said he was prevented from boarding his flight minutes before takeoff on orders of President Salva Kiir. Continue reading Ethiopia Deports South Sudan Cabinet Affairs Minister

Susan Rice Against Arms Embargo on South Sudan

“I am against arms embargo simply because that would undermine the government’s ability to defend itself against the insurgency … and even if one were imposed, it won’t be effective since ally Uganda wouldn’t enforce it.” – Susan Rice

By Foreign Policy,

THE U.S. security advisor, Susan Rice, has for months resisted appeals from key allies, including Britain and France, to push for a weapons bans on South Sudan, diplomats, human rights advocates and congressional officials told Foreign Policy (FP) magazine.

President Barack Obama’s national security team, US secretary of state, John Kerry and its ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power want an arms embargo imposed on South Sudan.

Both Power and Kerry have reportedly argued internally that South Sudan’s Salva Kiir has ignored Washington’s diplomatic appeals to halt the killings in the ongoing conflict, calling for more coercive measures, including an arms embargo on the young nation. Continue reading Susan Rice Against Arms Embargo on South Sudan

South Sudan: Rebels Accuse IGAD Mediators of Bias

South Sudan rebel negotiators accused IGAD (by extension ‘Ethiopia’) of double standards; succumbing to outside influence; switching agreed documents with doctored and smuggled in foreign protocols at the eleventh hour; disregard parties concern to sign blindfold on a blank protocol with out the whole text; preferring to protect ‘a dictator’ for fear of setting precedence given similarities in their own countries; etc… Technically, they just f***ed up the whole process for God’s sake

By Sudan Tribune,

SOUTH Sudan’s armed faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM in Opposition) led by the former vice-president Riek Machar has sharply criticised the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for what they said was its bias towards president Salva Kiir in the peace process which the regional bloc has been mediating for the past eight months.

IGAD heads of state and government on Monday in Addis Ababa signed a protocol on transitional government of national unity in which the regional leaders imposed that president Kiir remained the South Sudanese president and commander-in-chief of the army for the next two-and-a-half years until elections are conducted.  Continue reading South Sudan: Rebels Accuse IGAD Mediators of Bias

South Sudan Crisis: Faulty Mediation Process

Is Ethiopia really working to secure peace in Sudan? Is peace in South Sudan in its best interest?

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

THE fratricidal war that has defined South Sudan since December 2013 continues to rage, with prospects for peace as elusive today, 8 months later as they were back then. Tens of thousands have been killed since the conflict erupted, with more than 1.5 million people displaced from their homes and villages.  Continue reading South Sudan Crisis: Faulty Mediation Process