South Sudan rejects international pressure to reverse creation of 28 states

October 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government said Wednesday it would not reverse presidential order creating and dividing the country into 28 states in violation of the peace agreement which it has signed with the armed opposition fighters allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

Armed and non-armed opposition factions, South Sudanese opposition political parties, civil society organizations and the international community have condemned the unilateral decision by president Kiir to create the states, saying it is in violation of the country’s constitution and the peace agreement signed in August to end the 21-month long civil war. Continue reading

South Sudan opposition says White House meeting cancellation “unfortunate”

October 7, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction, SPLM-IO, led by the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, said it was unfortunate that White House officials in Washington DC cancelled a scheduled meeting with their leader before they could hear his side of the story on the outstanding issues in the implementation of the security arrangements per the peace agreement signed in August with president Salva Kiir’s government.

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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar addresses journalists during a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo AP)

South Sudanese leaders including vice president, James Wani Igga, opposition leader Machar and Pagan Amum, representing the former detainees, were initially scheduled to hold a joint meeting with senior officials in the White House on Tuesday.

However, Susan Rice, president Barrack Obama’s national security advisor decided to cancel the Continue reading

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