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Unless Change Tactics, Current IGAD Approach Cannot Bring Peace: Kiir


Machar should not be rewarded with position of first vice president

“Machar should not be rewarded with position of first vice president…. Where in the world is somebody who planned a coup brought in to share power that he wanted to take wholly for himself?” – President Salva Kiir

By The East African,

AS THE South Sudan peace process continues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir spoke with The EastAfrican at State House in Juba.

As the president of South Sudan, why do you think your country is facing an internal war only three years after Independence?

The conflict came as a result of personal ambitions of individuals who wanted to take power by illegal means because they were afraid that they would not be elected if they went to the people. They opted for a military coup; when they failed; they transformed themselves into a guerrilla insurgency.  Read the full story

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Troika Statement on the South Sudan Peace Process


troika warn South Sudan, urge the UN Security Council to consider a resolution this week for sanctions

‘Enough is enough’ the troika warn South Sudan, urge the UN Security Council to consider a resolution this week for sanctions

By The Spokesperson,

I DELIVER the following statement on behalf of the Troika (the United States, Norway and the United Kingdom).

On 1 February South Sudan’s leaders committed to complete negotiations on all outstanding issues, sign a peace agreement before 5 March and start a pre-transitional period by 1 April. They agreed to return to Addis on February 20 to for a final round of negotiations. We note with deep concern and regret that President Kiir has not honoured that commitment. It is time to conclude a peace agreement and bring an end to this needless war that is destroying South Sudan and imposing serious costs on its neighbours and the international community. Read the full story

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Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan


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BACK TO SQUARE ONE. After 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires that cost $22 million, the two warring parties sign another Agreement on the Establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity with Salva Kiir as president and Machar as vice president. They are not serious, do they?

By Charles Onyango-Obbo,

AFTER 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires, diplomats say the latest peace proposal to end the war in South Sudan will, well, return to the status quo that precipitated the carnage in the first place, AFP reported.

The latest peace proposal drafted in Addis Ababa by regional bloc Intergovernmental  Authority on Development (IGAD) leaves the reputedly whisky-loving Salva Kiir as president and re-installs flamboyant and fickle rebel leader Riek Machar as his deputy. Read the full story

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IGAD Imposed a Take it or Leave it Deal Over South Sudan Warring Parties


The IGAD led marathon meditation on the South Sudan Conflict

NO END INSIGHT. The IGAD led marathon meditation on the South Sudan Conflict

By Sudan Tribune,

AN EXTRAORDINARY summit of the heads of state and government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which convened on Thursday, has been adjourned until Saturday in order to give the two warring parties more time to reach an agreement on a document imposed by regional leaders.

The move comes after South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar failed to agree on leadership structure and power-sharing arrangements during face-to-face talks on Thursday. Read the full story

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Nothing to be Excited About the 53rd IGAD Meeting in Somalia


the convening of this meeting of the IGAD Council of Ministers here in Mogadishu is the icing on the cake.

“While we have had both the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council as well as the leadership of both the Commission of the African Union and the Secretariat of the United Nations visit Somalia in recent times, surely the convening of this meeting of the IGAD Council of Ministers here in Mogadishu is the icing on the cake.” – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou (photo)

By Mohamud Uluso,

NO ONE should be fooled by the holding of the 53rd Extraordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministries in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January 10, 2015 under the chairmanship of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia as historical event. Read the full story

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South Sudan Warns UN Against Imposing Sanctions


Can sanctions / arms embargo bring the desired peace to South Sudan?

Can sanctions bring the desired peace to South Sudan? Since it is difficult to impose a meaningful sanction with out the support of the immediate neighboring states, for better or worse, it all depends on how a divided IGAD behaves in the coming weeks

By Associated Press,

SOUTH Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.

Ambassador Francis Deng told the U.N. Security Council that targeted sanctions suggested by council members this month likely would “harden positions toward confrontation rather than cooperation,” and he insisted that his government remains optimistic that a peace deal is possible.

The conflict in the world’s youngest country, one rich in oil, already has staggered through a number of failed cease-fires. Deng blamed the slow pace of talks on the “frequent adjournment” by East African regional mediators.  Read the full story

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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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