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EAC leaders expected at Khartoum peace deal signing

Regional leaders head to Khartoum on August 5 for the signing of the final South Sudan peace agreement despite some opposition groups expressing dissatisfaction with the document. The chapter on governance/power-sharing, which was resolved on July 25 in Khartoum, will be combined with that on security arrangements and parts of the collapsed 2015 agreement to form a comprehensive agreement. But the issue of a referendum to decide on the number of states South Sudan faces serious logistical, security and…

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South Sudan calls on holdouts to sign governance agreement

South Sudanese government said the holdout groups will not stop the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and called upon them to join it. The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) led by Gabriel Changson Chang and SPLM Leaders (FPD) led by Pagan Amum rejected the agreement on outstanding issues on governance chapter pointing to their small ratios in the power-sharing and a contested referendum to determine the fate of the 32 states if the parties fail to strike a…

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South Sudan terminates petroleum license talks with Total

South Sudan has called off talks with French oil major Total about developing two oil blocks, the petroleum ministry said on Wednesday, paving the way for other investors keen on exploring the vast area thought to be rich in hydrocarbons. Total, alongside two other oil companies, has been in talks with the country’s government about developing the area called B1 and B2 since 2013. “The Ministry of Petroleum regrets that negotiations with Total have concluded in no deal,” Petroleum…

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South Sudan government, SPLM-IO initial governance agreement

South Sudanese government and SPLM-IO initialled power-sharing and governance agreement on Wednesday while other political opposition groups rejected the deal pointing that it didn’t resolve the issue of the 32 states established in violation of the 2015 peace pact. As the discussions were recently focused on the issue of the states, on Wednesday morning, the Sudanese mediators released a new proposal maintaining the power-sharing at the local government level despite Juba opposition and providing to hold a referendum if…

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Mediators propose a referendum on states issue

Sudanese mediators have proposed holding a referendum to solve the dispute over the number of states in South Sudan when the independent boundaries commission fails to make its report within 90 days during the pre-transitional period. According to a revised power sharing proposal , a Referendum Commission will work under direct supervision of the African Union and the regional bloc IGAD and conduct the referendum before the end of the pre-transitional period. The proposal said the question or set…

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Protesters loot aid agencies in S.Sudan: UN

Angry protesters on Monday forcefully entered and looted around 10 humanitarian agency compounds in conflict-torn South Sudan, said the UN refugee agency UNHCR which reported two staff members were injured. “The demonstrators forcefully entered UNHCR’s compound and looted its offices and residence,” the organisation said, adding local residents were demanding job opportunities and accused humanitarian organisations of hiring from outside the north-western Maban county. “Ten other humanitarian agencies’ compounds as well as the office of the Commission for Refugee…

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US doubts ability of South Sudan’s president and rebel leader to bring peace

The United States doubts whether South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have the leadership qualities needed to deliver peace to the country at war since 2013, the White House said on Sunday. Peace talks last week in the South Sudanese capital Juba need to be more inclusive to succeed, the White House said, adding that it will impose fresh sanctions on anyone who threatens the country’s stability. The statement constitutes tough U.S. language about South…

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Egypt’s Sisi vows to back S.Sudan peace bid

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday backed an ongoing regional bid to resolve the conflict in South Sudan as he praised Khartoum for hosting peace talks between the country’s warring groups. Sisi, who arrived in Khartoum for a two-day visit, said the peace talks in the Sudanese capital were aimed at achieving peace and stability in neighbouring South Sudan, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since a brutal civil war erupted in…

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Sudan, South Sudan Deploy Joint Forces To Protect Oil Fields

South Sudan and Sudan have deployed a joint military force along their border to protect oil fields and pipelines from criminal activity, South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth was quoted as saying on Thursday. South Sudan broke from Sudan in 2011 and took with it around 350,000 bpd in oil production. After South Sudan’s secession from Sudan, the two countries have been mutually dependent on oil revenues, because the south has 75 percent of the oil reserves, while the north has…

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South Sudan Foes Fail to Reach Power-Sharing Deal

The South Sudanese warring parties meeting in Khartoum on Wednesday failed to agree to a power-sharing deal. South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei said the government agreed to create five vice president positions, including a first vice president, but opposition members rejected the proposal. “Some few members from SSOA ,” said Edmond Yakani, a member of the civil…

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