Political rivals in South Sudan have now agreed on a unity government months after signing a deal to end the civil war in that country. President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a transitional government on Wednesday. The two leaders held their first face-to-face talks in months in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, according to government officials. The information minister said the new administration would be in place by mid-November, with hopes it would end the current political crisis in that country. A peace agreement was…Read More
South Sudan said announced that it has made a small oil discovery in Northern Upper Nile State. This is the first time the country is making any form of oil discovery since independence in 2011. War and instability has largely affected exploration activities in the small country. The country’s oil minister, Awow Daniel Chuang said on Thursday that the new field is located in the Adar area of Northern Upper Nile State. The field according to Awow Daniel Chuang, contains 5.3 million barrels of recoverable oil and will be linked…Read More
President Yoweri Museveni has advised the ruling South Sudan party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), to employ dialogue rather force when dealing with internal and external contradictions. “The use of violence in every situation is dangerous. It should be of last resort and specific. Speak frankly within the [SPLM] party. Reach decisions by voting or by consensus. Never use force,” Museveni said this morning at the swearing in ceremony of the South Sudan national dialogue steering committee in Juba, South Sudan.Read More
At least 832,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since fighting erupted in July last year, in the biggest cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Overall, the fighting has uprooted more than three million people, and by July 5.5 million – nearly half the population – are unlikely to have a reliable food supply, according to the United Nations. The influx of refugees is testing the generosity of Ugandans, many of whom, including President Yoweri Museveni, were once refugees themselves. One top government official said that…Read More
ENLARGE South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, exchanges documents with rebel leader Riek Machar, right, in Arusha, Tanzania, as Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete looks on. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES KAMPALA Uganda—Warring factions in South Sudan have signed an agreement to reconcile the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement party, officials said on Thursday, in the latest effort to resolve the conflict that has ravaged the oil-rich nation for more than a year. Under the deal, signed in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, the parties agreed to “reunify and reconcile” the three…Read More
Jazeera has aired exclusive audio of South Sudan Liberation Army rebel commander Peter Gadet threatening to shoot incoming UN aircraft, just nine days before a UN helicopter was shot down on 26 August 2014 over Bentiu in Unity State, South Sudan. Three Russian crew were killed in the crash.Read More
Under dictator Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s military is highly paid for peacekeeping duties in Darfur, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Haiti – despite its role in the death of millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The West depends on Kagame as its man in Africa, and in return gives impunity to his criminal network.
President Paul Kagame has come to love United Nations peacekeeping operations. This is ironic since he hates the United Nations, and does not actually believe in peacekeeping. It is now an unwritten rule that the West (mostly the US and UK) will ask Rwanda to participate in UN peacekeeping missions, and Kagame will kindly oblige.Read More
KHARTOUM, Jan. 26 — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday received message from his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit in dealing with the developments in South Sudan and issues of mutual concern.
“I have delivered a message from South Sudan President Salva Kiir to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in dealing with bilateral relations and development of the situations in South Sudan,” Telar Ring Deng, South Sudanese presidential advisor for legal affairs, told reporters after meeting with al-Bashir in Khartoum Sunday.Read More
A UN rights envoy in South Sudan said Thursday he had seen bodies in the streets that had been tied before being shot as the global body stepped up warnings over rights abuses.
The UN has accused both sides of carrying out atrocities in the conflict that started on December 25 between President Salva Kiir and deposed vice president Riek Machar.
Amid mounting reports of mass killings in several towns, UN assistant secretary general Ivan Simonovic said 92 UN investigators are in the country and a first report would be released in about two weeks.Read More
U.S. admits that military advisers are functioning in Somalia
Fierce battles have taken place in two states in South Sudan. Unity state, an oil-producing area, was retaken by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).
Other gains in Jonglei state by Juba around the capital of Bor have occurred with the assistance of the Ugandan military during the first full week of January. (Associated Press, January 8)
The intervention of Uganda, a close political and military ally of the United States, demonstrates the side in the conflict in which Washington has taken. There has been increased military and political pressure on the forces loyal to ousted Vice-President Riek Machar to drop demands for the release of political prisoners and to declare a ceasefire along with the government of President Salva Kiir.Read More