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South Sudan Fighting After Cease-Fire Leaves at Least 15 Dead

A permanent cease-fire pact reached between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar has not stopped fighting on the ground, with at least 15 civilians killed in a single incident, an army spokesman said. Rebels attacked government positions in Southern Liech and Northern Liech States in the Greater Upper Nile region between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday, army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said by phone from the capital, Juba. A separate early morning attack at…

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‘Permanent’ cease-fire begins in South Sudan’s civil war

A cease-fire began at midnight Saturday in South Sudan as a weary nation wondered whether this latest attempt to end a five-year civil war would hold. President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar agreed on the “permanent” cease-fire on Wednesday in Sudan after their first face-to-face talks in almost two years. They had faced a possible U.N. arms embargo and sanctions if fighting didn’t stop and a political deal wasn’t reached by Saturday. Multiple attempts at peace have failed,…

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Charity granted safe access to deliver relief supplies to 8,000 families in S. Sudan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday South Sudan authorities granted them safe access to deliver food and shelter supplies to more than 8,000 families in the country. Beatrice Oechsli, deputy head of delegation in Juba, said constant humanitarian aid will be critical to ensure communities do not slide deeper into hunger and their needs are met. “While a vital lifeline today, these distributions will not be enough to sustain families through the rainy season,”…

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South Sudan to hold elections after three-years of power sharing

The declaration signed by South Sudanese parties states that they will share power for three years after which elections will be held. President Salva Kiir and his rival, SPLM-IO’s Riek Machar, signed the declaration in Khartoum, Sudan. It has been christened ‘The Khartoum Declaration of Agreement between Parties of the South Sudan Conflict’. After three days of intensive negotiations, the two leaders inked the deal on Wednesday, just days before the UN Security Council deadline of June 30. The document provides…

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South Sudan Peace Talks

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) commend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to drive forward the South Sudan peace process, and take note of the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement Between Parties of the Conflict of South Sudan agreed between President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar, and other opposition parties in Khartoum on June 27. We welcome the Government of Sudan’s role in hosting the latest round of discussions. We hope…

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UN Welcomes Peace Agreement in South Sudan

N Secretary General Antonio Guterres today praised the ongoing efforts for the revitalization of dialogue in South Sudan and welcomed the recent agreement signed in that country by the sides in conflict.   Through a statement, the highest representative of the United Nations stressed that this document is signed at a time when the security situation continues to deteriorate, marked by violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017. He also welcomed the renewed commitment of the…

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South Sudan rivals sign deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, have signed an agreement to try to end five years of civil war. Under the framework deal, a ceasefire will come into effect within 72 hours. The conflict has devastated South Sudan: tens of thousands have died and nearly four million more – a third of the population – have been displaced by the violence. Previous attempts to end the fighting have failed to hold. Reports say…

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Warring S.Sudan leaders agree on ‘some points’

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar reached an agreement on “some points” in peace talks in Khartoum on Tuesday, Sudan’s foreign minister said. Al Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said the points agreed on would be announced on Wednesday morning. Machar told reporters after meeting Kiir that he had demanded another 48 hours to consult with other parts of the South Sudanese opposition before signing any draft agreements. The two leaders met on Monday for talks to…

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UN condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan

The UN mission has condemned the killing of a Bangladeshi peacekeeper in an armed attack on convoy in South Sudan on Tuesday. David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said Commander Ashraf Siddiqui, a Bangladeshi Military Liaison Officer, was killed during the attack on a UN convoy that was escorting humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in the Central Equatorian region. “It is a tragedy that he lost his life in such an appalling act of…

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South Sudan President Promises to End Suffering at Khartoum Talks

South Sudan President Salva Kiir promised to stop the suffering of the South Sudanese people in remarks made at the start of another round of face-to-face talks with rebel leader Riek Machar on Monday, this time in Khartoum. Kiir met Machar last week in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. No agreements came out of that meeting. “I have mentioned many times before that I feel the suffering of our people directly because I stay with them. And I know the…

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