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Dozens Killed in South Sudan Ethnic Fighting

Ethnic fighting between Ruop and Pakam ethnic groups in South Sudan
SPLA-IO (SPLA-In Opposition) rebels fire weapons during an assault on government SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) soldiers in the town of Kaya, on the border with Uganda, South Sudan, August 26. (Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

BY DENIS DUMO | REUTERS

At least 45 people have died in fighting between ethnic groups in South Sudan’s northern state of Western Lakes, a local official said, in a new source of violence in a country already devastated by a four-year civil war. Continue reading Dozens Killed in South Sudan Ethnic Fighting

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

UNMISS Failed to Respond to South Sudan Hotel Attacks: Inquiry

An independent investigation report sharply criticized the UNMISS response to deadly attacks in July on a U.N. compound and a hotel near the UN compound. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today fired the commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

By Reuters,

United Nations peacekeepers failed to respond to an attack on civilians by South Sudanese government troops at the Hotel Terrain in the capital Juba in July, less than a mile from a U.N. compound, a U.N. inquiry found on Tuesday.

“During the attack, civilians were subjected to and witnessed gross human rights violations, including murder, intimidation, sexual violence and acts amounting to torture perpetrated by armed government soldiers,” the inquiry found. Continue reading UNMISS Failed to Respond to South Sudan Hotel Attacks: Inquiry

US Official: Machar Should Not Return to South Sudan Post

“Given all that has happened, we do not believe it would be wise for Machar to return to his previous position in Juba,” U.S. Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth

By VOA News,

The United States does not believe Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former first vice president, should return to his government position, given continuing instability in the country, Washington’s special envoy for South Sudan said Wednesday.

Nearly three years ago, political rivalry between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, sparked a civil war that has often followed ethnic lines. The pair signed a shaky peace deal a year ago but fighting continues, including attacks on South Sudanese and foreign civilians. Machar has fled the country. Continue reading US Official: Machar Should Not Return to South Sudan Post

South Sudan Agrees to New Regional Protection Force

President Salava Kiir has given the go-ahead for the deployment of a 4,000 strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council. He has also agreed to implement a hybrid court to investigate war crimes.

By VOA News,

Facing intense international pressure, war-ravaged South Sudan on Sunday agreed to the deployment of a 4,000-member regional protection force approved last month by the United Nations Security Council.

Sunday’s decision by President Salva Kiir, who in August rejected more peacekeepers, came a day after the 15-member Security Council visited the capital, Juba, to press senior officials for approval of the new force. Continue reading South Sudan Agrees to New Regional Protection Force

South Sudan’s Sacked VP Machar Flees Country

The UN has helped South Sudan’s former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar to flee the country for a neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

By TesfaNews,

South Sudan’s former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar has left the country for a neighbouring state, opposition officials said, several weeks after he withdrew from the capital Juba during fierce fighting with government troops.

Spokesman James Gatdet Dak on Thursday declined to disclose Machar’s whereabouts. A statement issued by the leadership of the SPLA In Opposition said he had left on Wednesday to a “safe country within the region”. Continue reading South Sudan’s Sacked VP Machar Flees Country

Security Council Approves New Peacekeeping Force to South Sudan

The UN Security Council has approved the deployment of an additional 4,000-strong peacekeeping force to South Sudan despite President Kiir’s objection.

By Al Jazeera,

The UN Security Council has approved the deployment of an additional 4,000-strong peacekeeping force in South Sudan, after recent fighting threatened to send the country back to all-out civil war.

In response to the vote on Friday, a spokesman for President Salva Kiir said the government would not accept the UN’s decision and would not cooperate with it. Continue reading Security Council Approves New Peacekeeping Force to South Sudan

Kiir and Machar Rejects ‘Third Party’ Troops in South Sudan

By Al Jazeera,

South Sudan marked the fifth year of its creation with violence and death, teetering on the edge of collapse and humanitarian disaster. This latest bout killed hundreds, displaced thousands and has put into question the fate of the government and the role of the United Nations there. Continue reading Kiir and Machar Rejects ‘Third Party’ Troops in South Sudan