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IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

For better or Worse. The Kiir government will get a boost as IGAD leaders call for a hasty deployment of force in the country
For better or Worse. The Kiir government will get a boost soon after IGAD leaders called for the hasty deployment of regional forces in the country

By Sudan Tribune,

An East African regional heads of states and governments summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

According to a a communiqué issued during the 25th extraordinary session of the regional bloc (IGAD), the PDF would operate with a clear mandate and operational guidelines as part of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) in the country.  Continue reading IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

South Sudan Truce Collapses as Rebels Advance on Oil Town

After leveling accusations for the first time on unnamed foreign forces aiding rebels and suffering from mass defection of troops to the rebels side, South Sudanese government called for more involvement of foreign forces to fill the gap.

By France 24,

Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault Tuesday on the key oil town of Malakal, the army said, as a ceasefire deal agreed with the government late last month appeared to be in collapse.

“Fighting is still continuing. There are pockets of rebels in Malakal town but they are not controlling Malakal town,” South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer said.

The government admitted that the rebels were in control of some parts of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state.  Continue reading South Sudan Truce Collapses as Rebels Advance on Oil Town

Ethiopia Supports Machar against President Kiir

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh delivering President Isaias’ message to Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni on 12 FEB 2014

By Bereket Habteab,

The fighting between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar broke out in mid-December and Uganda sent its troops several days later to fight alongside forces loyal to President Kiir. However, the mystery behind who is sustaining the rebels in the conflict has got a hint of an answer yesterday when Ethiopian Prime Minister called for Uganda to withdraw its forces and threatened “regional proxy wars … with no-end in sight” if they fail to do so.  Continue reading Ethiopia Supports Machar against President Kiir

South Sudan Government and Opposition Forces Agree to Ceasefire

Ceasfire Agreed. Members of the delegation opposed to South Sudan’s government attend talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to broker a ceasefire between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir-led government forces and rebels allied to deposed vice-president, Riak Machar.

By Radio Tamazuj,

South Sudan’s government headed by Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by Riek Machar have accepted a ceasefire agreement after negotiations in Addis Ababa, top sources in both Juba and the Ethiopian capital told Radio Tamazuj.

Under the terms of the agreement the soldiers of both the national army and the opposition must stop fighting. The agreement will lead to further negotiations on how to resolve the crisis that started more than a month ago in South Sudan. Continue reading South Sudan Government and Opposition Forces Agree to Ceasefire

Eritrea to Begin Evacuating Citizens from South Sudan

Eritreans control 60-70 percent of the Business in the Capital Juba

By TesfaNews,

The Eritrean Embassy in South Sudan says it is giving priority to evacuating citizens from Benitu and Unity State amid reports of escalating violence and alarming discovery of mass graves.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that around 500 Eritreans taking refuge at a United Nation Peace Keeping compound in Bor along with thousands of displaced Sudanese.

The embassy also said it is closely following the situation in other areas of the country too and will do the same if deemed necessary.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a statement today said “we have discovered a mass grave in Bentiu, in Unity State, and there are reportedly at least two other mass graves in the capital Juba.” Continue reading Eritrea to Begin Evacuating Citizens from South Sudan

South Sudan Bracing for Civil War?

General Peter Gadet, a Nuer and close confidant of VP Machar, today defects to complicate the security situation in Jonglei

The political feud between President Kiir and VP Machar threatens the young country to return to civil war again.

By Reuters,

South Sudan’s army said it had lost control of the flashpoint town of Bor on Wednesday, its first acknowledged reversal in three days of clashes between rival groups of soldiers that have triggered warnings of a slide into civil war.

President Salva Kiir earlier said he was ready for dialogue with his sacked vice president Riek Machar – the man he accuses of starting the fighting, which diplomats say has killed up to 500 people, and plotting a coup. Continue reading South Sudan Bracing for Civil War?