TesfaNews

Tag Archive | "IGAD"

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

Posted in Ethiopia, NewsComments (7)

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

Posted in NewsComments (2)

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

Posted in Ethiopia, NewsComments (3)

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

Posted in Ethiopia, NewsComments (4)

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

Posted in Ethiopia, NewsComments (7)

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

Posted in NewsComments (0)

South Sudan Threatens to Abandon IGAD Mediation


Disrespecting South Sudan leaders first by a threat of "Arrest" and now calling them "Stupids"? As an equal member of IGAD, South Sudan deserves better. RESPECT

The Disrespect Continues. South Sudan leaders express outrage over comments made by IGAD secretariate after he was qouted calling them “Stupids”

By Press TV,

The executive Secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Mahboub Maalim is quoted to have said,

“Delegates for Kiir and Machar have been meeting in luxurious hotels in the Ethiopian capital since January with both sides bickering over the agenda and even the venue of discussion. Both Kiir and Machar were “stupid” if they thought they could win on the battle field … I think sometimes they thought they could win on the ground militarily , something which is very stupid.”  Read the full story

Posted in NewsComments (6)

South Sudan Leaders Agree to Form New Government


President Kiir and rebel chief agree to form transitional government within 60 days in move hoped to end civil war

President Kiir and rebel chief agree to form transitional government within 60 days in move hoped to end civil war

By AFP,

SOUTH Sudan’s president and rebel chief have met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia’s prime minster says.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met on Tuesday on the sidelines of a regional leaders’ summit organised by the East African regional bloc the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is brokering the slow-moving negotiations.  Read the full story

Posted in NewsComments (2)

Kiir and Machar Expected to Sign Final Peace Deal


South Sudan leader set to meet rebel chief for peace talks

South Sudan leader set to meet rebel chief for peace talks

By AFP,

SOUTH Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar are set to meet Tuesday in a fresh push to end nearly six months of civil war, sources said Monday.

A source close to the talks in the Ethiopian capital said the rivals are set to meet “in the afternoon” on Tuesday, along with regional leaders from the East African bloc IGAD.

A face-to-face meeting between the foes “would be very good” for the peace process, the source told AFP. Read the full story

Posted in NewsComments (1)

Riek Machar Scores Full House in Nairobi


Rebel leader Riek Machar came over as a virtual head of state during his diplomatic tour of the region’s capitals.

Kenya's red carpet reception to the rebel leader was an insult to the sitting president Salva Kiir

Kenya’s red carpet reception to the rebel leader was an insult to the sitting president Salva Kiir

By Africa Intelligence,

SOUTH Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar had arrived in Nairobi from Djibouti on 27 May. He put back his trip to Khartoum because of President Omar al Bashir’s long-term health problems and had talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs Amina Mohamed Jibril as well as an impromptu meeting with Vice President William Ruto.

His trip was sponsored by the secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), much to the dismay of the Juba authorities.

Riek Machar received a great many visitors luxurious Safari Park Hotel in the Nairobi suburbs where he took up quarters.  Read the full story

Posted in NewsComments (2)

South Sudan: Salva Kiir Increasingly Isolated


A series of high profile defection threaten the Kiir government

A series of high profile defection threaten the Kiir government

By Africa Intelligence,

MORE and more top leaders in Juba are defecting, illustrating Salva Kiir’s isolation.

Since late May, the South Sudan government has suffered a series of defections, beginning with General Dar Aturjong, commander of the sixth military division.

Like President Salva Kiir, he is a Dinka from Bahr-el-Ghazal. This is therefore clear evidence that the conflict stems from a major political problem rather than a tribal war.  Read the full story

Posted in NewsComments (2)

Can 2,500 More African UN Troops Contain South Sudan Carnage?


Blue helmets from Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia will try to freeze civil war in South Sudan ahead of June 5 talks. The move comes after a donor conference raised $600 million to avert famine.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) receives South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar, who was on a courtesy visit to the State House in Nairobi on May 29, 2014

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) receives South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, who was on a courtesy visit to the State House in Nairobi on May 29, 2014

By Will Davison,

THE United Nations Security Council has approved three battalions of East African peacekeepers to try to prevent further fighting between South Sudan government forces and rebels as they vie for control of the country’s oil-rich east.

The 2,500 troops from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda should begin deploying in the world’s newest nation within weeks. Their aim is to enforce the May 9 truce agreed to by President Salva Kiir and his rival ex-Vice President Riek Machar, according to Getachew Reda, adviser to Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn.  Read the full story

Posted in Ethiopia, NewsComments (2)

Associate Ads

Video Clips



Associate Ads