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South Sudan Leaders Agree to Form New Government

President Kiir and rebel chief agree to form transitional government within 60 days in move hoped to end civil war
President Kiir and rebel chief agree to form transitional government within 60 days in move hoped to end civil war

By AFP,

SOUTH Sudan’s president and rebel chief have met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia’s prime minster says.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met on Tuesday on the sidelines of a regional leaders’ summit organised by the East African regional bloc the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is brokering the slow-moving negotiations.  Continue reading South Sudan Leaders Agree to Form New Government

Kiir and Machar Expected to Sign Final Peace Deal

South Sudan leader set to meet rebel chief for peace talks

By AFP,

SOUTH Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar are set to meet Tuesday in a fresh push to end nearly six months of civil war, sources said Monday.

A source close to the talks in the Ethiopian capital said the rivals are set to meet “in the afternoon” on Tuesday, along with regional leaders from the East African bloc IGAD.

A face-to-face meeting between the foes “would be very good” for the peace process, the source told AFP. Continue reading Kiir and Machar Expected to Sign Final Peace Deal

Riek Machar Scores Full House in Nairobi

Rebel leader Riek Machar came over as a virtual head of state during his diplomatic tour of the region’s capitals.

Kenya’s red carpet reception to the rebel leader was an insult to the sitting president Salva Kiir

By Africa Intelligence,

SOUTH Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar had arrived in Nairobi from Djibouti on 27 May. He put back his trip to Khartoum because of President Omar al Bashir’s long-term health problems and had talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs Amina Mohamed Jibril as well as an impromptu meeting with Vice President William Ruto.

His trip was sponsored by the secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), much to the dismay of the Juba authorities.

Riek Machar received a great many visitors luxurious Safari Park Hotel in the Nairobi suburbs where he took up quarters.  Continue reading Riek Machar Scores Full House in Nairobi

South Sudan: Salva Kiir Increasingly Isolated

A series of high profile defection threaten the Kiir government

By Africa Intelligence,

MORE and more top leaders in Juba are defecting, illustrating Salva Kiir’s isolation.

Since late May, the South Sudan government has suffered a series of defections, beginning with General Dar Aturjong, commander of the sixth military division.

Like President Salva Kiir, he is a Dinka from Bahr-el-Ghazal. This is therefore clear evidence that the conflict stems from a major political problem rather than a tribal war.  Continue reading South Sudan: Salva Kiir Increasingly Isolated

South Sudan Faces ‘One of Worst Famines Ever’: Kiir

President Salva Kiir said the growing hunger crisis was “man-made” and appealed to his rival, the rebel leader Riek Machar, to do all he could to end the fighting.

By BBC News,

SOUTH South Sudan’s president has warned his country faces “one of worst famines ever” unless the current conflict is ended, in an interview with the BBC.

Salva Kiir also accused his sacked deputy, Riek Machar, of stoking ethnic tension and violating a ceasefire.

Last week, Mr Kiir postponed presidential elections due next year to give government and rebel forces more time to achieve reconciliation.

Some one million people have fled their homes since fighting broke out.  Continue reading South Sudan Faces ‘One of Worst Famines Ever’: Kiir

Ghana Caught up in South Sudan’s UN Arms Scandal

Ever since the Government of South Sudan seized UN weapons shipment loaded with RPGs and riffles on 12 trucks labeled as ‘Construction materials’, the relation between the world body and the government deteriorated sharply. Today the government asked the highly embarrassed UN not to look for excuses and rush to impose sanctions without verifying government’s alleged wrong doings in the conflict by an independent monitors.

By Asumpta Lattus,

A GHANIAN delegation is meeting South Sudanese authorities to discuss the seizure of its weapons earlier this year. The mix-up has left Ghanaian UN peace-keepers defenseless, Ghana’s Defense Minister told DW.

The boxes were labeled as carrying construction material, yet they contained arms. While Ghana claims that they were headed for Ghanaian forces supporting the UN peacekeeping mission, South Sudan suspected the UN of arming the rebels. DW spoke to Ghana’s Defense Minister, Mark Woyongo, who has now sent a delegation to South Sudan to negotiate a release of the weapons.  Continue reading Ghana Caught up in South Sudan’s UN Arms Scandal