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Machar agrees to sign S.Sudan peace deal: mediator

Sudan said Tuesday that South Sudanese rebel chief Riek Machar has agreed to sign a final peace deal with Juba to end a brutal civil war after initially refusing to do so. Machar and President Salva Kiir have held weeks of talks in Khartoum in search of a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions since 2013 in the world’s youngest country. The warring parties have already inked several agreements,…

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South Sudanese Insurgent Leader Refuses to Sign Peace Deal

South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five years of brutal civil war. Machar and President Salva Kiir have held weeks of talks in Khartoum in search of a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions since 2013 in the world’s youngest country. The warring parties have already inked…

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South Sudan to Begin Oil Exports From Unity, Upper Nile

Oil Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth announced that the Tharjiath oilfields Unity State and Upper Nile, which were affected by the civil war, will be fully operational by the end of the year. The government hopes to produce about 40,000 barrels per day from the Unity wells to boost the current low production of 130,000 barrels per day, down from the 350,000 the country used to produce before the war broke out in 2013. Currently, only the Faloij oilfields in…

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South Sudan Announces Signing Peace Treaty on Monday

The final version of the peace agreement for South Sudan will be signed next Monday, official sources noted in an announcement. South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei assured that the parties ‘reached consensus on the final draft of the document and we hope to sign it in Khartoum (the capital of Sudan) on August 27.’ He added that the warring parties have ironed out most of their differences that we discussed during the third round of peace talks in…

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IDPS uses grenades and Riffles in UNIMISS POC

One person was killed and three others critically wounded just outside South Sudan’s capital in the latest fighting between internally displaced persons at a United Nations-run Protection of Civilians (POC) site. Displaced people said fighting that between two communities from the former Unity State that initially erupted a week ago, resumed Wednesday at the camp. Camp resident Reat Kuajin told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that the fighting was a continuation of an argument that started nine days ago…

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South Sudan’s Children and Youth Deserve the Chance for a Better Future

“The life now is very difficult to us, I did up to primary school…I want to go to secondary school, but it is hard to go to secondary school because of the fighting…I want to be a doctor. I want to help my people.” This is 19-year old Michael.* Michael fled his village in Leer County in late April this year when it was attacked by government soldiers and their allied forces. We met Michael on a small island…

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S/Sudan army, rebels in fresh blame game over cease-fire violations

The South Sudanese army and the main rebel group are trading blame for the renewed fighting that erupted in the northern parts of the country. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the rebel group SPLA-in Opposition (IO) led by former first deputy president Riek Machar on Thursday renewed counter accusations of truce violation in the former Unity State. South Sudan’s warring factions on Aug. 5 signed a new power sharing and cease-fire deal in the Sudanese capital of…

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South Sudan claims a civil war is over. Skepticism abounds.

South Sudan’s government claims a shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but skepticism soars. It wasn’t helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month, according to video footage seen by The Associated Press. This latest attempt at peace already shows cracks, with the armed opposition last week saying several key issues, including reconciliation, are yet to be resolved as the warring…

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South Sudan talks deadlocked over Machar’s powers

Talks to resolve the pending issues in the peace deal were deadlocked on Thursday as the parties bickered over powers and competencies of the first vice president, according to officials at the peace talks. “There are differences because the SPLM-IO insisted on maintaining the functions of the first vice president stipulated in the previous agreement, while the other parties are saying that the situation has changed and some of the functions of the first vice president have to be…

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Collusion and harmful actions against South Sudan peace process

For a very long time now since the war in South Sudan erupted in 2013, there have been accusations that some South Sudanese political actors together with others in the region and in the international community are conspiring to make South Sudan ungovernable so that the situation could be used as a pretext for the Country to be taken over by a foreign body in collaboration with those South Sudanese or have the country placed under the United Nations…

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