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Security Council Grants Mandate Extension of UNMISS, Considers Possible Sanctions

Arms Embargo Warnings, Punitive Actions Counterproductive to Peace Process, Permanent Representative Stresses

“UN Security Council’s unanimous renewal of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) sends strong signal of urgent need to protect terrified civilians.” – US Ambassador to the UN.

By United Nations,

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.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2327 (2016), the Council reiterated its increasingly grave alarm and concern regarding the political, security, economic and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan resulting from a political dispute within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and subsequent violence caused by the country’s political and military leaders. Continue reading Security Council Grants Mandate Extension of UNMISS, Considers Possible Sanctions

South Sudan Fails to Form Unity Government

South Sudan’s warring parties failed to form a transitional government by the Friday deadline set by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which is overseeing implementation of the peace deal.

By VOA News,

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

South Sudan Rebels, Government Strike Power-Sharing Deal

South Sudan’s government and rebels have agreed on the division of cabinet positions in a proposed power-sharing arrangement to end the two-year conflict

By James Butty | for VOA News,

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

South Sudan Accuses Foreign Powers of Blocking Peace Deal

“I urge South Sudanese leaders to be cautious of foreign interventions in their ongoing conflict, [as] some unnamed countries had direct interests from [the conflict] in your country.” – President Isaias Afwerki (Sudan Tribune, April 28, 2015)
By Sudan Tribune,

A senior 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

Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan

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. Continue reading Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan

Susan Rice Against Arms Embargo on South Sudan

“I am against arms embargo simply because that would undermine the government’s ability to defend itself against the insurgency … and even if one were imposed, it won’t be effective since ally Uganda wouldn’t enforce it.” – Susan Rice

By Foreign Policy,

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

S. Sudan Rejects Proposal to Scrap Vice-President Post

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. Continue reading S. Sudan Rejects Proposal to Scrap Vice-President Post

Obama Authorizes Sanctions on South Sudan

Appeared both frustrated and torn by the lack of leverage over South Sudanese rivals and its desire to avoid punitive measures against the world’s youngest nation, today’s move by the U.S. administration marks a stunning shift in policy after it backed the country to gain independence from Khartoum

By Sudan Tribune,

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