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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Urges Forces To Cooperate With UN Troops

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South Sudan is ready to work together with the United Nations (UN) Regional Protection Force to achieve lasting peace and stability in the country. President Salva Kiir said addressing the state’s police force the role of its security is not to fight the UN forces but in fact to cooperate with them. South Sudan is the youngest nation in the ...

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S.Sudan army says repels rebel attacks on Bor

JUBA – The South Sudanese army said on Sunday it had repulsed three rebel attacks on its positions near the market town of Bor, which is regarded as a gateway to the capital Juba. Thousands have been killed and more than 800,000 have fled their homes since fighting began in South Sudan two months ago, triggered by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy whom he sacked in July. The warring sides in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country after seceding from Sudan in 2011, signed a ceasefire on Jan. 23 but sporadic clashes have continued. Bor, situated 190 km (120 miles) to the north of Juba by road, has changed hands at least three times since December when fighting broke out between SPLA troops loyal to the government and rebel forces. “SPLA positions were attacked this morning three times in northern Bor, in the Gadiang (area), but the attacks were repulsed. They attacked from six, seven, eight this morning,” SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer has told Reuters via telephone. Rebel officials were not immediately available for comment. The raids near Bor followed a rebel assault on Tuesday on Malakal, capital of the main oil-producing Upper Nile region in the north of the deeply impoverished and chaotic country. Control of Malakal is split between the army and rebels since forces loyal to Machar raided the town and fought government troops. Aguer said that it was just a matter of time before the government retook Malakal from the rebels. A petroleum ministry official told Reuters on Thursday that national oil output had fallen to about 170,000 barrels per day even before the rebel strike on Malakal, a dip of around a third since the fighting erupted in December. The fighting in Malakal has jeopardised peace talks in Addis Ababa, already delayed by rebel demands for the release of four remaining detainees and the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan. Kiir’s government says Ugandan forces were invited in to help secure key government offices and the Juba airport. Reuters

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S. Sudan detainees join mediation team

Seven political detainees released by South Sudan President Salva Kiir last month are to be part of the mediation team that seeks to resolve the conflict through peace talks. President Salva Kiir The peace talks will resume on Monday. IGAD, in a statement on Friday revealed that it had agreed to a formal request from the detainees to take part in the peace talks taking place in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The release of the detainees was part of the conditions set by the IGAD summit held in Nairobi last month, which resolved 11 political prisoners be set free to facilitate peace talks. The detainees were released on January 29 and received by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi. “The released detainees expressed their commitment to be part of the IGAD mediation process for political dialogue and national reconciliation in the Republic of South Sudan. In light of this, the mediation team has sent them an invitation letter to participate in the political process and they have confirmed,” the statement from IGAD said. The mediation team will meet the warring parties in separate locations and accord former Vice President, Dr Riek Machar a chance to express his position. “Special Envoys will be shuttling between Addis Ababa, Juba and other places to hold discussions with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and other officials of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan. The mediation team will also visit Dr. Riek Machar, the leader of the SPLM (in opposition),” said the statement. The mediators will also visit all capitals of the IGAD Member States to seek their views on the direction of the peace talks. IGAD brings together six countries of the Horn of Africa region which are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. The IGAD mediation team said it was encouraged by the commitment of all Parties to find a peaceful end to the crisis. “The parties have reiterated that violence and war is not and cannot be a solution to the crisis in South Sudan; and therefore they are determined to negotiate and work towards an inclusive political dialogue for national reconciliation and healing,” the statement said. By Taddeo Bwambale, The New Vision

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South Sudan ceasefire ‘shaky’

A two-day-old ceasefire in South Sudan is still not firmly in place, the foreign minister of Norway, part of the so-called Troika with Britain and the United States, said on Sunday. “We see a very shaky ceasefire”, Foreign Minister Borge Brende told AFP in an interview in the Sudanese capital. His comments, after talks with Sudanese officials, came as the South’s government and rebels traded accusations that each had breached the ceasefire deal by attacking the other. “Of course I’m concerned and I think what this means is we also have to establish the right monitoring tools and also verification tools so one can really assess” the extent of compliance, Brende said. The Troika helped oversee implementation of a 2005 peace agreement which ended Sudan’s 22-year civil war and ultimately led to the South’s independence in 2011. Since then, the Troika have continued working together supporting peace and development in Sudan and South Sudan, including through backing a regional-led initiative to end weeks of fighting. Forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir have battled a loose coalition of army defectors and ethnic militia nominally headed by sacked vice president Riek Machar. The seven-member East African regional bloc IGAD, which includes Sudan, mediated talks in Ethiopia between South Sudan’s two warring sides. “Sudan has played a constructive role through IGAD”, Brende said. Eighteen unarmed monitors under IGAD supervision are to oversee implementation of the ceasefire agreement. Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in the fighting. The United Nations and rights workers report horrific atrocities have been committed by both sides. About 700,000 people have been forced from their homes in the impoverished nation, according to the UN. Both sides insist they are committed to the deal, and the clashes reported since the agreement was signed appear to have been localised skirmishes, not large-scale assaults. Verifying reports from across the vast and remote regions of South Sudan — large areas of which have poor if any telephone networks — is difficult. Many in the country fear that even with a ceasefire pact, the conflict pitting members of Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s Nuer tribe is far from over. Brende said it is possible for South Sudan to “get back on track again” if a ceasefire is complied with, 11 prisoners are released, and a “robust arrangement” is reached leading to a coalition government. “But I think we have to be realistic that… we are not there at this moment,” the minister said after talks with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti, Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh, Oil Minister Makawi Mohammed Awad, UN officials and non-governmental groups. A key sticking point in negotiations leading to Friday’s ceasefire agreement was rebel and international demands that the South Sudanese government release 11 detained officials close to Machar. IGAD, supported by the Troika, is working towards “a situation where the ceasefire is followed by a peace agreement followed by release of prisoners and a government where you see broad representation from all the relevant ethnic groups”, the minister said. If that happens, then Norway and other members of the international community should help South Sudan rebuild, Brende said. “I see no alternative but it’s not only the international donor community that will then have to take a responsibility. “Riek Machar and Salva Kiir also have to take a responsibility to creating the right environment to get a robust agreement,” Brende said. “This has been a very, very unfortunate period where you have also lost a lot of the gains that you have seen the last year.” Source The New Vision

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Integration: No favored presidential candidate yet

There is no particular candidate proposed to be the first president of East Africa Community (EAC), if the political integration is fully implemented. ...

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S Sudan troops recapture key oil town Malakal

The South Sudanese army says it has recaptured the key town of Malakal from rebels, after days of heavy fighting. But the rebels have told the BBC they are still in control of the town. Rebel forces staged an attack last week to seize Malakal, which is the gateway to the oilfields of the Upper Nile region. Around 500,000 people have been displaced in South Sudan’s month-long conflict between the government and rebels, according to UN estimates. Some 200 civilians drowned in a Nile ferry accident while fleeing fighting in Malakal last Sunday. Talks to try to find a ceasefire are continuing in Ethiopia. ‘Flushed out’ Malakal has already changed hands several times since the conflict broke out in December. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said on Monday that the rebels “were flushed out of the town” and Malakal was “finally in the hands” of South Sudanese troops again. He told BBC Focus on Africa there had been casualties on both sides after fierce fighting. But a spokesman for the rebels denied that they had left Malakal.

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UN says S.Sudan army, rebels stealing humanitarian aid

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday accused South Sudan’s army and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar of stealing food aid and vehicles used to deliver humanitarian relief as the country teeters on the brink of civil war. “(Ban) is alarmed by the rising number of fatalities resulting from the continuing fighting in South Sudan, including reports received on 14 January about the deaths of 200 civilians who drowned in the River Nile while fleeing hostilities in Malakal,” the U.N. press office said. A government spokesman said the people died as they took to the river to flee clashes in Malakal, a major transit point and administrative center of Upper Nile state. “(Ban) strongly condemns the commandeering of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of food stocks and other relief items by both Government and anti-Government forces,” Ban’s press office said in a statement. The statement said Ban was also deeply concerned about the rising number of displaced people in South Sudan, which he said surpassed 400,000 this week. The crisis erupted after South Sudan President Salva Kiir fired Machar and other ministers earlier this year. Machar’s rebels are demanding the release of 11 of their political allies jailed after they were accused of attempting a coup. Fighting that erupted in mid-December has reopened ethnic faultlines. According to one estimate, the conflict may have killed as many as 10,000 people, although there is no official toll for those killed in the desperately poor nation. The United Nations has said that well over 1,000 people have died. The United States is weighing targeted sanctions against South Sudan due to the failure of leaders in the world’s youngest nation to take steps to end a crisis that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, sources briefed on U.S. discussions told Reuters last week. South Sudan split from Khartoum in 2011 as part of a 2005 U.S.-backed peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Agencies

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