Expressing deep concern at the security situation in South Sudan and the possibility of an outright ethnic war, the Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to 15 December 2017, strengthening its mandate with additional powers to protect civilians while expressing its intention to consider sanctions against those whose actions undermined peace, stability and security in the country.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar failed to form a unity transitional government Saturday, which was a key demand in a peace accord signed in Ethiopia to end the country’s conflict.
The rebels, or the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM/IO), refused to send the names of their proposed ministers to be included in the yet to be formed administration. They also accused Kiir of unilaterally establishing 28 new states, which they said violates the terms of the agreement. Continue reading South Sudan Fails to Form Unity Government→
Rebels loyal to former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar are hailing a power sharing deal reached Thursday with the government as a positive breakthrough, one that they say brings their country one more step closer to peace.
The agreement, signed Thursday in Juba, allocates a total of 30 ministries for a proposed transitional government of national unity. It gives the South Sudan government 16 ministries, including finance and planning, defense, information, national security, and justice and constitutional affairs. The rebels got 10 ministries, including petroleum, interior, labor, mining, and land, housing and urban development. Foreign affairs and transport were given to a group of former political detainees not aligned with either the South Sudan government or the rebels. Other political parties in South Sudan got two. Continue reading South Sudan Rebels, Government Strike Power-Sharing Deal→
Asenior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has accused unnamed foreign powers of allegedly playing a negative role in blocking attempts to resolve the more than 19 months long civil war with the armed fighters allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar.
This came after many previously similar accusations and blames directed to foreign powers as Juba seemed to have been frustrated by almost every member of its neighboring regional nations to the north, east and south, with the exception of Uganda which has directly supported president Salva Kiir’s government in the war against the armed opposition forces. Continue reading South Sudan Accuses Foreign Powers of Blocking Peace Deal→
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 U.S. security advisor, Susan Rice, has for months resisted appeals from key allies, including Britain and France, to push for a weapons bans on South Sudan, diplomats, human rights advocates and congressional officials told Foreign Policy (FP) magazine.
President Barack Obama’s national security team, US secretary of state, John Kerry and its ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power want an arms embargo imposed on South Sudan.
Both Power and Kerry have reportedly argued internally that South Sudan’s Salva Kiir has ignored Washington’s diplomatic appeals to halt the killings in the ongoing conflict, calling for more coercive measures, including an arms embargo on the young nation. Continue reading Susan Rice Against Arms Embargo on South Sudan→
The United States president Barak Obama on Thursday issued an executive order directing his administration to impose sanctions on South Sudanese parties responsible for ongoing violence and human rights abuses in the world youngest nation.
“All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in,” reads the order. Continue reading Obama Authorizes Sanctions on South Sudan→