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S. Sudanese Soldier Fires Shots at US Ambassador’s Motorcade


"We have bulletproof glass, thankfully, because it put two big holes in them," Ambassador Charles Twining

Relations between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and the US have deteriorated as Kiir has suspected Washington of supporting his rival in an 11-month civil war.

By Associated Press,

A SOUTH Sudanese soldier fired two bullets at close range into a US embassy vehicle travelling in a convoy carrying the top US official in the country, the American official said.

The US ambassador, Charles Twining, said he was travelling in an armoured diplomatic convoy at 7.30pm on 19 October when a soldier in a military motorcade fired twice at a US vehicle behind his.

“We have bulletproof glass, thankfully, because it put two big holes in them,” Twining told a reporter in South Sudan in an interview. Read the full story

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S. Sudan Rejects Proposal to Scrap Vice-President Post


A PANDORA BOX? IGAD Mediation is like going one step forward and two steps back. The question of maintaining or abolishing the VP post is the latest controversy. IGAD only allow PM post for rebels but VP has more power than the PM. Again the PM has no right to run for Presidential election. Abolishing VP post is like amending the constitution and surely the Bantus (Equatorians) won't accept that either.

CONFUSION CONTINUES.  The IGAD led mediation is like going one step forward and two steps back. The question of maintaining or abolishing the VP post is the latest controversy among South Sudan warring parties. IGAD mediation only allows PM position for the rebels while the constitution places VP above the PM. Again, IGAD says the PM cannot run for President. Technically, IGAD made its own proposed medicine less attractive and now the rebels are eying the most controversial post – the VP post. Back to Square one? (Photo: Head of the rebel delegation, Taban Deng Gai, (L) and leader of the government’s delegation Nhial Deng Nhial)

By Sudan Tribune,

THE South Sudanese government said it would not yield to its armed opposition demands to have the vice-president’s position scrapped off and replaced with a prime minister.

Cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said such a proposal was never tabled before government and mediators of the peace talks.

“The government delegation did not receive such proposal from IGAD. We only read it from the media reports attributing statements carrying such suggestions to the rebels, and I don’t I understand the basis of the proposal,” Lomuro said on Tuesday. Read the full story

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South Sudan Rivals Fail to Reach Peace Deal


If not faulty mediation mechanism? State news agency says president and ex-deputy fail to agree deal at Ethiopia talks despite earlier reports of success. After months of talks and countless calls to end fighting and prevent famine, leaders appear no closer to ending rift

If not a faulty mediation mechanism? State news agency says president and ex-deputy fail to agree deal at Ethiopia talks despite earlier reports of success. After months of talks and countless calls to end fighting and prevent famine, leaders appear no closer to ending rift

By Aljazeera,

LEADERS of two warring parties in South Sudan have failed to reach a peace deal, despite earlier reports that a pact was signed under international pressure to end violence soon to enter its second year.

The country’s state-run news agency said closed-door talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa had seen President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar engaged in two days of intense negotiations, but had boiled down to no agreement. Read the full story

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UN Security Council to Consider South Sudan Sanctions


"We believe targeted measures are appropriate at this time to support efforts to establish a peace agreement and cessation of hostilities" - U.S. Ambassador to UN

“We believe targeted measures are appropriate at this time to support efforts to establish a peace agreement and cessation of hostilities” – Ambassador Samantha Power

By VOA News,

THE United Nations Security Council will consider a draft resolution on war-torn South Sudan that would impose sanctions targeting President Salva Kiir and his rival former vice president.

Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan, whose country currently chairs the 15-member Council, said Tuesday there is “considerable interest” in targeted sanctions and an arms embargo, but he did not announce a timetable.

The United States began imposing bilateral sanctions on South Sudanese officials in May, after Kiir and rival Riek Machar failed to honor a peace agreement ending months of ethnic warfare. Read the full story

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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 of 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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