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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

As the UN Strives to Modernize Peacekeeping, the US Still Vows to Cut Funding

  As peacekeepers sweat and toil and risk their lives in the some of the world’s most lethal settings — South Sudan, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo — it is incumbent on the United Nations and its 193 members to alleviate the suffering and deaths of troops as fatalities keep rising. In 2017, 59 peacekeepers were murdered through malicious acts, a 73 percent increase over 2016. With peacekeeping reform underway, at least on paper, conditions…

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Speech by Minister of State Niels Annen to the German Bundestag in the debate on the extension of the UN peace mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

BERLIN, Germany, March 19, 2018/APO Group/ — Speech by Minister of State Niels Annen to the German Bundestag in the debate on the extension of the UN peace mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Madam President, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow members of this House, I expect you feel the same way I do. Looking at the situation in South Sudan requires strong nerves. The country, which achieved independence seven years ago, is now entering its fifth year of civil war. I…

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Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday. Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington. Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Hapsel — the deputy director at the…

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Top rebel official rejects calls for Kiir to quit as crisis grows

A senior rebel official loyal to former first vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar has rejected calls by the opposition for the immediate resignation of President Salva Kiir, saying the demand could jeopardize the peace process. The opposition alliance has recently demanded that the country’s president Salva Kiir should not lead the transitional government, accusing him of violating the 2015 peace accord. Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba told Radio Tamazuj in an interview this afternoon that the demand for…

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Where the Machar-led SPLM/A (IO) faltered: Latest Serious Criticism from Inside

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) By: Peter Adwok Nyaba, MAR/05/2018, SSN; On 1st March 2018, the eight-member South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) released a press statement on the launch of the opposition alliance. It was unbelievable that the SPLM/A (IO) was not among the signatories. I made an inquiry on the PolitBureau forum and the Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, responded thus, “There are differences in the draft charter. They have a vision and we have another. They decided to…

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Humiliated by his Boss: Deng Alor is determined to remains in TGONU until peace is achieved

South Sudan’s minister of foreign affairs Deng Alor Kuol has broken his silence and said he was being “humiliated” by the country’s president Salva Kiir and some cabinet ministers since he started to serve in the unity government in Juba. Deng Alor is representing the SPLM-FDs opposition group in the incumbent government led by President Kiir according to the 2015 peace deal. SPLM-FDs is a faction made up of senior ruling party officials who were detained when the conflict…

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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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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 Remains on Bottom of World Freedom Index

Once again, South Sudan is ranked among the least democratic countries in the world, according to Freedom House’s annual reporton freedom around the world. The report, released last week, attributes the dismal ranking to the collapse of a 2015 peace deal, resumption of the country’s conflict in 2016, and egregious human rights abuses committed against civilians — often by government forces. The watchdog organization rates freedoms, political rights and civil liberties to determine each country’s rankings. On a scale of…

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