EU seeks €200m aid agreement with Eritrea

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South Africa prosecutors awaiting outcome of Bashir’s appeal before investigating breach of court orders

September 17, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in South Africa said that it will await the conclusion of the appeal process by the government on the case of a visit by Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to the country last June. Continue reading

Sudan preparing to send army brigade to Yemen at request of Hadi: VP

September 17, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese 1st Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh confirmed that his government is poised to send ground troops to support forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in its battle with Houthi rebels and their ally former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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FILE – Sudanese military forces parade in their tanks during Independence Day celebrations in Khartoum (REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN)

After months of military stalemate, the alliance with troops from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia alongside forces loyal to Hadi recently started making gains on the battlefield by retaking the strategic city of Aden and four other southern provinces and are closing on the capital city of Sana’a amid intensification of airstrikes.

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SPLM-IO refutes claims that peace agreement removes leader’s bodyguards

August 30, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) said their leader, Riek Machar, who is a designated first vice president in accordance with peace deal with president Salva Kiir, will have bodyguards in the capital, Juba, contrary to what some media outlets said to the contrary. Continue reading

South Sudanese rivals trade accusations over ceasefire violations

August 30, 2015 (JUBA) – Rival forces in South Sudan conflict have issued statements counter-accusing each other of violations of the permanent ceasefire hours after it came into effect on Saturday midnight as declared by president Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

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Soldiers from the South Sudan army (SPLA) patrol the streets in the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Charles Lomodong)

The spokesperson of the government forces, Colonel Phillip Aguer, issued a series of statements on Saturday evening and again on Sunday, accusing forces loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, to have carried out attack on positions held by forces allied to president Kiir in Malakal town.

The intention of the rebels attack on the government forces, according to Aguer, was to gain more territories which they were seeking to use as assembling points in the event peace deal is implemented. Continue reading

South Sudan’s Kiir to sign peace agreement on Wednesday

August 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, will sign the final peace agreement on Wednesday to end the 20-month long civil war against his former deputy, Riek Machar, IGAD has announced.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, seen in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015 (Photo AFP Zacharias Abubeker)

This sudden change of mind came 7 days after the South Sudanese leader refused to sign the final peace agreement on 17 August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, citing disagreement with many critical provisions in the peace deal. His arch rival and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Machar, signed the final document. Continue reading

South Sudan’s Kiir demands more time, as Machar signs final peace agreement

August 17, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar signed the long-awaited final peace agreement to end the 20-month long civil war in the youngest world’s nation on Monday. but president Salva Kiir declined to sign the deal, requesting for more time to consult with his political and military officials back in the capital, Juba.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta trying to convince South Sudanese president Salva Kiir back to the hall and sign peace agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, on July 17, 2015 (ST)

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