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South Sudan Protests over IGAD’s Reluctance to Condemn Rebel Attacks


IGAD, under Ethiopian chairmanship, is caught in a position of conflicting loyalties. With Ethiopia accused of symphtizing with the rebels, the Kiir government shouldn't expect Ethiopia to condemn one its own stooge

IGAD, under Ethiopian chairmanship, is caught in a position of conflicting loyalties. With Ethiopia accused of sympathizing to the rebels, the Kiir government shouldn’t expect Ethiopia (IGAD) to condemn one its own stooge

By Sudan Tribune,

THE South Sudanese government said it was disappointed with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) reluctance to hold the country’s rebel forces accountable for the recent military clashes that occurred in Upper Nile state.

The South Sudanese embassy in Kenya, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, urged regional leaders through the mediators, to impose sanctions on those obstructing the peace process as earlier promised as part of the peace process.

“Riek and his men have violated this process several times, but we have not seen any attention against them by IGAD. Despite all these attacks launched by rebels, IGAD has been promptly informed but as usual, no condemnation of the perpetrators has come from IGAD to this moment,” partly reads the statement. Read the full story

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S. Sudan Demands Ethiopian Chief Mediator Replaced


IGAD chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin (L) pursuing “regime change” on behalf of US, UK and Norway

THE ACCUSED. ‘IGAD chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin (L) pursuing “regime change” on behalf of US, UK and Norway’ – South Sudan Government

By TesfaNews,

THE South Sudan government demanded the removal of Ethiopian chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin after accusing him of pursuing “regime change” at the behest of  the Troika members of the US, UK and Norway.

Government spokesman Micheal Makuei Lueth told BBC’s Focus on Africa program on Tuesday that the former Ethiopian foreign minister was so weak and for “being influenced that easily by others” naming the Troika members.

He further accused the Troika member states of trying to force “regime change” and being “responsible for the beginning of the crisis” in South Sudan. Read the full story

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South Sudan Minister Demands Relocation of Peace Talks to Kenya


South Sudan's Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, expresses his government's dissatisfaction with the mediation team headed by former Ethiopian FM

South Sudan Minister of Information and Broadcasting today vents his government’s frustration at an Ethiopian led IGAD mediation process on ‘Neutrality’ ground. In other words, he is trying to say, Ethiopia is getting part of the South Sudan problem than the solution

By Victoria Kioko,

THE South Sudan Government has called for disbandment of mediation talks in Ethiopia claiming it is not a neutral ground.

The government is now demanding that the peace talks to be moved to Kenya and headed by General (Rtd) Lazarus Sumbeiywo.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Michael Makuei Lueth expresses dissatisfaction with the mediation team headed by Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Seyam Mesfin.  Read the full story

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IGAD’s Credibility Seriously Damaged by South Sudan Summit Fiasco


IGAD’s incompetence in the mediation process, led by former Ethiopian FM Seyoum Mesfn, borne out an inclusive agreement by excluding the stakeholders and a signed agreement without the presence of any of the negotiators. Just what is going on in Addis?

IGAD’s incompetence in the mediation process, led by former Ethiopian FM Seyoum Mesfn, borne out an inclusive agreement by excluding the stakeholders and a signed agreement without the presence of any of the negotiators. Just what is going on in Addis?

By African Arguments,

AUGUST was not IGAD’s finest month. In Bentiu, a ceasefire monitor died of a heart attack after his captors forced him to march for miles; IGAD was unable to muster more than a strongly worded statement.

In the same week, a shambolic heads of state summit adopted an ‘inclusive’ protocol that doesn’t include most of the parties to the talks; changed, at the last minute, the text of the protocol, virtually ensuring the SPLM/A (In-Opposition) wouldn’t sign; and endorsed a cessation of hostilities implementation matrix that the SPLM/A (IO) claims it never saw, amidst such confusion that even attendees at the summit weren’t sure of what happened.  Read the full story

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IGAD is Failing in South Sudan Mediation: Rebel Spokesperson


Playing unhelpful game. IGAD mediation provided only last page of the draft agreement on transitional government to Riek Machar to sign it without showing him the text and when Machar insisted that he wanted to see the contents of the text first, they declined so then Machar refused signing it.

IGAD Playing unhelpful game. IGAD mediation team led by Seyoum Mesfin provided only last page of the draft agreement on transitional government to Riek Machar to sign without showing him the text and when Machar insisted that he wanted to see the contents of the text first, they declined so then Machar refused signing it. Faulty process.

By Sudan Tribune,

THE chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has insisted that SPLM-In-Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite dismissal by the rebels.

In a briefing to the press in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin said the two parties had on Sunday signed the matrix for implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement (CoHA) which they signed since 23 January 2014 and called on them to abide by it and implement it fully.  Read the full story

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UN Helicopter Shot Down in South Sudan


UN Helicopter Crashed 10km South of Bentiu. It seems that rebel leader Machar has no control over his rebel fighters and commanders calling into question his role in negotiations as leader of the rebels.

White Hawk Down. UN Helicopter Crashed 10km South of Bentiu. It seems that rebel leader Machar has no control over his rebel fighters and commanders calling into question his role in negotiations as leader of the rebels.

By Jason Straziuso (AP),

A REBEL commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor.

The U.N. confirmed that 3 people died and 1 survived when one of its helicopters crashed. The U.N. said it is investigating the cause.

The U.N. mission said that an Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, a hotly contested area between the government and rebel fighters. The U.N. said it was deeply concerned about the fate of its crew and that a search and rescue team had been sent to the site.  Read the full story

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Ethiopia and Sudan Set to Launch Joint Military Operation


hough its relation with Eritrea seems outstanding from the cover, Sudan, along with Yemen, are the unwitting partners of the “axis of belligerence” aka Sana’a Forum that was originally designed to promote the Ethiopian agenda of destabilizing Eritrea.

WATCH OUT FOR SUDAN. Though its relation with Eritrea seems outstanding from the cover, Sudan, along with Yemen, are the unwitting partners of the “axis of belligerence” aka Sana’a Forum that was originally designed to promote the Ethiopian agenda of destabilizing Eritrea. You want proof? Sana’a Forum funds all Eritrea Opponents related Conferences and expenses in Ethiopia and Sudan never missed one from attending; Sudan always support IGAD’s stance on Eritrea as all of its communiques and resolutions on Eritrea passed with no objection from Sudan; Sudan voted (not even abstained) in recent AU, UN and UNHRC resolutions against Eritrea. The only time it favors Eritrea was on resolution 1907 and that was only a payback for PIA’s unwavering stance on Al-Bashir’s indictment to the ICC. Remember also, Ethiopia’s surprise attack on Badme during the third offensive in 2000 comes through Sudanese territory.

By Sudan Tribune,

ETHIOPIA’s ministry of defence announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with its Sudanese counterpart to establish a joint military force which would operate under the same command.

The military agreement was reached on Tuesday during the 11th Ethiopia-Sudan joint defence ministerial meeting held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.  Read the full story

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U.S. Frustrated With South Sudan Leaders, Welcomes Punitive Actions


“Failure of South Sudan peace talks to meet region’s deadline is an outrage and an insult to the people of South Sudan” – Secretary John Kerry

IGAD driven Addis Abeba peace talks utilised more than USD 17 million without achieving much. Why? One is because it was open to Western influence. Now the U.S. is throwing its weight with IGAD and the AU to take punitive action on both leaders

IGAD driven Addis Abeba peace talks utilized more than USD 17 million without achieving much. Why? One is because it was open to Western influence. For a better or worse, the U.S. finally decides to throw its weight with IGAD and the AU to take punitive action on both leaders

By Secretary John Kerry,

DEADLINES keep passing and innocent people keep dying. The log-rolling and delay has to end. The Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – in Opposition agreed to take no more than 60 days to form a transitional government of national unity. Regional leaders helped broker the agreement, but despite the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation team’s best efforts, neither party engaged in peace talks seriously. Along with my Troika colleagues from Norway and the United Kingdom, we condemn these failures.  Read the full story

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Juba Accuses “Neighboring Country” of Arming Rebels


"Un-named neighboring country" is arming the rebels" - Gen. Paul-Malong Awan

“An Unnamed neighboring country is arming the rebels” – Gen. Paul-Malong Awan

By TesfaNews,

SOUTH Sudan on Monday accused an unnamed neighboring country of allegedly supporting opposition forces fighting the Juba government.

The army chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, said there were some “unusual” movements within South Sudan’s borders, but declined to name country allegedly involved in dealing with the rebels.

“We have not reached that level of pointing figures but where they get ammunition and new guns?” Awan said.  Read the full story

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Rebels Slam China’s Conflicting Role in South Sudan


Violence in South Sudan may test China’s absolute commitment to non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs

China has made non-interference a keystone of its foreign policy. However, as clearly seen in the case of South Sudan, those policies may come to clash with other fundamental national and commercial interests.

China has made non-interference a keystone of its foreign policy. However, as it is evident in the case of South Sudan, those policies may come to clash with other fundamental national and commercial interests.

By Sudan Tribune,

SOUTH Sudanese armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, has criticized the People’s Republic of China for playing contradictory roles in the South Sudan’s seven-month old conflict.

In a press statement on Friday by the chairperson of the national committee for information and public relations, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the rebels slammed China for providing weapons to the government of president Salva Kiir while at the same time supporting the ongoing IGAD-mediated peace process in Addis Ababa.  Read the full story

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Leaked Ethiopian Memo Echoes UNSC Members’ Positions on Eritrea Sanctions


Without the vigorous support of the United States Government, Ethiopia does not possess the regional or global diplomatic clout to defy international law

Without the vigorous support of the United States Government, Ethiopia does not possess the regional or global diplomatic clout to defy international law

By Matthew Russell Lee,

ON THE eve of the UN Security Council’s meeting on the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, the buzz from the Horn of Africa has grown about an Ethiopian Minister of Foreign affairs memo about Eritrea and sanctions.

As obtained by Inner City Press, the memo by Ethiopian Minister Berhane Gebrekiristos bragged that “the P3 countries have been supportive of sanctions against Eritrea… The former US Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, was instrumental in adopting the sanctions. Read the full story

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Fresh Headache for Museveni as Rival Ethiopian Army Enters Juba


President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are expected to form a transitional government of national unity with in sixty days. It seems that both leaders have lost appetite on the peace process altogether. Ethiopia needs to play a neutral force and not be seen to side with Dr. Machar, since Uganda has declared support for President Kiir and its troops are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army.

Is South Sudan heading to degenerate? Ethiopia host and chair the on and off South Sudan peace process and one of its General lately appointed to head UNMISS. With its long time allegiance with rebel leader Reik Machar, Ethiopia's troop deployment is going to be part of the problem than the solution.

Is South Sudan heading to degenerate? Ethiopia host and chair the on and off South Sudan peace process and one of its General lately appointed to head UNMISS. With its long held allegiance with rebel leader Reik Machar, Ethiopia’s troop deployment in South Sudan is going to be part of the problem than the solution.

By Barbra Among,

THE first group of 90 Ethiopian peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudan capital Juba, as the elements of Igad’s regional Protection and Deterrent Force begin to fall into place.

Their arrival a fortnight ago, however, does not pave the way for the near-term withdrawal of Ugandan troops from the conflict as the numbers are far below the required 2,500 boots on the ground.

But experts still see the deployment as a potential game changer as it places Ethiopia squarely at the centre of efforts to return peace to South Sudan.  Read the full story

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Leaked Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry Memo Exposes its Destabilizing Policy Against Eritrea (Excerpts)


Ethiopia does not possess the regional or global diplomatic clout to defy international law without the vigorous support and collusion of the United States Government. To blame or give credit to Ethiopia would be to miss the point.

Ethiopia does not possess the regional or global diplomatic clout to defy international law without the vigorous support and collusion of the United States Government. To blame or give credit to Ethiopia would be to miss the point.

By Eritrean Mission to the UN,

THE Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Berhane Gebrekiristos on 20th February 2014 (13 Yekatit 2006) sent a Memo in Amharic to all Ethiopian Diplomatic Missions, with specific Instructions and Action Plans on how to Destabilize and Economically and Militarily weaken Eritrea. Read the full text of the Amharic leaked memo HERERead the full story

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Kiir: No Interim Government Without Me as President


The whole intention is to dismantle the SPLM, which they believe has become a very strong monster in South Sudan…” – President Salva Kiir on proposal to set up transitional government

President Kiir rejected what he said was a proposal to form an interim government without him

President Kiir rejected what he said was a proposal to form an interim government without him

By VOA,

SOUTH Sudan President Salva Kiir insisted Thursday he is committed to ending more than six months of conflict in his young country through dialogue, but said he will only agree to a peace deal if it guarantees that he will lead the transitional government.

“They intend to constitute a transitional government without me as the elected president,” Mr. Kiir said in a speech to the National Assembly.  Read the full story

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