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China Shipping Lethal Weapons to Juba via Ethiopia


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South Sudan soldier displaying newly arrived Chinese MANPADS in Juba

By Sudan Tribune,

A SOUTH Sudanese rebel official claimed to have credible evidence showing that China continues to supply the government of South Sudan with lethal weapons through Ethiopia.

“We in the SPLM-IO leadership confirm that Chinese flagged vessel Da Dan Xia has brought large quantity of armaments and ammunition to Salva Kiir’s tribal government via Djibouti Port and Ethiopian land,” Peter Mabior Riiny, deputy head of the youth wing for the rebel group told Sudan Tribune this week.

Among those weapons, according to the opposition youth leader, are missile warheads, heavy artillery shells, casings, and million detonators. “These weapons”, he said, “are brought to further destabilize South Sudan”.  Read the full story

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S. Sudan Wants Future Peace Talks Moved to Kenya


The next round of peace talks should be out of Ethiopia

“The next round of peace talks should be out of Ethiopia. From the start, we have been saying these talks were not in the right place” – Ambassador James P Morgan

By Daily Nation,

SOUTH Sudan is resurrecting its demand for any future peace talks to be transferred to Kenya from Ethiopia after mediators failed to convince warring parties to reach a deal last week.

The country’s deputy ambassador to Kenya, James P Morgan, told the Nation on Wednesday that both Ethiopia and Sudan are harming peace talks by “domineering.”

The next round of peace talks should be out of Ethiopia and Sudan should be excluded from being a mediator, since it controls, trains and arms the rebels,” Mr Morgan said in an interview in Nairobi.  Read the full story

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U.N. Chief Disappointed by Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks


fail to agree even for the sake of agreement ... just like the Palestinians and the Israelis

They have successfully fail to agree even for the sake of agreement … just like the Palestinians and the Israelis. Is it time to question IGAD itself for the failure as in the case of the United States for the Israel-Palestinian peace talks?

By Reuters,

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed deep disappointment after troubled talks to end more than a year of bloodshed in South Sudan broke off without a deal a day earlier.

Friday’s adjournment was the latest impasse in negotiations over the world’s youngest country, where a political row between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar triggered a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.  Read the full story

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African Union Blames US, UK, Norway for South Sudan Civil War


South Sudan inquiry report leak

The release of the inquiry report could help deter further atrocities, by bringing to light what has taken place in South Sudan

By RT.com,

BY supporting South Sudan’s independence from Sudan, the US, UK and Norway have created conditions for the civil war, which broke out in the world’s youngest country in 2013, leaked documents from an inquiry by the African Union allege.

In 2005, the US, UK, Norway and the East African trading bloc, IGAD, pushed through a peace deal, which legitimized the South Sudanese rebels, and paved the way for the country’s independence in 2011.  Read the full story

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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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