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Kenya, Uganda accused of prolonging South Sudan war

Kenya and Uganda are aiding to prolong the four-year-old civil war in South Sudan by serving as conduits for arms to combatants, a United Nations official said on Monday. “The responsibility to prevent atrocities is regional and international,” Adama Dieng, the UN special advisor for prevention of genocide, told VOA. “It is true that large quantities of weapons and ammunition are flowing into South Sudan through Kenya and Uganda.” Mr Dieng said peace will be achieved in South Sudan…

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South Sudan peace talks set to resume

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) has approved commencement of the second phase of the ‘High Level Revitalisation Forum’ for the South Sudan peace talks from February 5 to February 16 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It is expected that the revitalisation forum, to be attended by the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict, will come up with “concrete measures to restore permanent ceasefire” and also “develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a…

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Time has come for sanctions on South Sudan: AU

African Union chief Moussa Faki said on Sunday that “the time has come” to slap sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, one of the most intractable wars facing African leaders as they meet in Ethiopia. At the opening of the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Faki deplored the “unbelievable cruelty” and “senseless violence” of warring parties in South Sudan, which has been torn apart by conflict since December 2013, just two years after gaining…

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South Sudan ambassador to Russia unexpectedly resigns

The South Sudanese ambassador to Russia has unexpectedly resigned without citing reasons for tendering his resignation letter to President Kiir through foreign minister Deng Alor on Thursday. “I, Ambassador Telar Ring Deng, do hereby submit my resignation as the Head of Mission to the Russian Federation in Moscow and a non-resident Ambassador in Baku, Azerbaijan; Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; and Tbilisi, Georgia,” Ambassador Telar Ring Deng wrote in his resignation letter. The South Sudanese diplomat recently refuted reports associating him with the…

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EU Threatens to imposes strict measures on South Sudan

The EU joins IGAD Council of Ministers in condemning the repeated violations of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostiles in South Sudan (ACOH).  These violations, perpetrated by the major stakeholders, include the killings of civilians, sexual violence and recruitment of child soldiers. Those who seek to spoil the search for peace in South Sudan should know that there will be consequences, including the imposition of restrictive measures.  Fighting must stop. The EU expects on all parties to abide by the…

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South Sudan First VP Vows to Stay on If Machar Returns

  South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said he will not step aside if rebel leader Riek Machar returns to Juba, reversing his earlier stance on the matter. Gai told journalists in Juba on Wednesday former VP Machar is not interested in bringing peace to South Sudan. “I don’t think Riek Machar has a place in the Transitional Government of National Unity. He will say that he wants to come back with a huge army, he wants…

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South Sudan summons US charge d’affaires over Haley’s remarks

South Sudan’s government on Friday summoned a top US diplomat to explain reported remarks by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calling the country’s president as “an unfit partner.” South Sudan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the US charge d‘affaires Michael Morrow to voice its displeasure over Haley’s remarks while addressing the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Bak Valentino Akol Wol, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affair, said Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks will likely affect relations between the…

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“Honouring Abel Alier In Appreciation Of Exemplary Public Service”

By Deng Awur Wenyin On Saturday January 20th 2018, the Bor community in its main sections of Bor, Twich (pronounced Twi), Nyarweng, and Hol, organized a colourful celebration in Freedom Hall, Juba, in honour of Moulana/ Abel Alier. As one of the hymns goes, it was a happy day. When Professor Robert Deng delivered to me the invitation card, it instantly occurred to my mind that I should be among the speakers to say something, for the following reasons: Firstly,…

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South Sudan ceasefire body says leaders breaking peace deal could face sanctions

An internationally backed ceasefire monitoring team in South Sudan said it has asked the U.N. Security Council to say whether leaders violating a peace treaty should face asset freezes, regional travel bans, or an arms embargo. The statement comes a day after Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, urged the body to impose an arms embargo and spoke of growing international frustration with the South Sudanese government. South Sudan has been riven by civil war since…

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South Sudan’s London Embassy Closes Due to Inability to Pay Rent

A South Sudanese diplomat says his country’s embassy in London has been closed due to a failure to pay rent since August. A reporter for VOA’s South Sudan in Focus confirmed that South Sudan’s embassy in Great Britain was closed on Tuesday. A spokesman for South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted his government has not received official notice from its landlord in London. “We are trying to our best so that we are able to pay the arrears that are…

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