ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD) has decided to bring
leaders of the two major warring factions in South
Sudan to the table, the Ethiopian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs revealed on Friday.
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed on
Friday that IGAD’s Council of Ministers, during its
Thursday’s 62nd Extra-Ordinary Session in
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, has decided to
arrange a meeting between South Sudan’s President
Salva Kiir, and his former deputy Riek Machar, who
is head of Sudan People’s Liberation
According to the ministry, the East African bloc in
its Thursday’s “successful deliberation” stressed
that all South Sudan’s political forces “are
responsible for the elimination of the violence and
brutality in the country towards peace.”
ministry, however, did not disclose specific details
of the meeting among Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.
Machar is presently in exile in South Africa.
Council of Ministers stressed in its final
communiqué that “despite all efforts made so far,
South Sudanese parties have not made sufficient
compromises to overcome the outstanding issues on
governance and security matters.”
Council of Ministers has decided to submit punitive
measures against violators of the Cessation of
Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) for approval by the
Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the
also decided to submit its request to the IGAD
Assembly to delegate the Council to decide on
actions to be taken against violators of the CoHA on
the Assembly’s behalf. The Cessation of Hostilities
Agreement was signed in December 2017 among South
Sudanese warring parties in Addis Ababa.
Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers,
Workneh Gebeyehu, said Thursday during the opening
session of the bloc’s council of ministers meeting
in Addis Ababa that “we have now reached at a
also Ethiopia’s foreign minister, further stressed
that parties involved in South Sudan violence should
spare no time to recommit to silencing the guns and
sticking to the document they signed in December
Minister reiterates support to
IGAD’s efforts in South Sudan peace process
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Sudan’s Foreign
Minister, El-Dardiri Mohamed Ahmed, reiterated on
Friday his country’s unreserved support to the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in
the acceleration of the South Sudan peace process.
made the remarks during his meeting with the
Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers and
Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, on
Friday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, according
to a statement by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign
on Thursday attended the IGAD’s 62nd
Extra-Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers
in Addis Ababa, in which the participants called on
South Sudan’s political forces to end the violence
and brutality in the country towards peace.
during his discussion with Gebeyehu, further
reiterated to strengthen the relations between
Ethiopia and Sudan.
“Ethiopia and Sudan have enjoyed very cordial
relations and enhanced level of bilateral
cooperation on a range of bilateral and regional
issues of common concern,” the statement quoted El-Dardiri
diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Sudan is
largely intertwined with the Blue Nile River that
originates from Ethiopia and shared among Ethiopia,
Sudan and Egypt.
construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
on the river, which will be regarded as Africa’s
largest dam upon completion, has been a major issue
among the three countries since its commencement in
UN Security Council
extends South Sudan sanctions
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua)
-- The UN Security Council
on Thursday adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution to
extend sanctions against South Sudan.
members of the council voted in favor and the
remaining six abstained, giving just enough votes
for the draft to be adopted as Resolution 2418.
adoption of a Security Council resolution needs nine
affirmative votes on the condition that none of the
five permanent members of the council—Britain,
China, France, Russia, and the United States—vetoes
Resolution 2418 renews a travel ban and asset freeze
against designated individuals and entities until
July 15, 2018.
renews the mandate of the Panel of Experts, who
assist the work of the sanctions committee, until
Aug. 14, 2018.
resolution decides that six individuals—high-ranking
government officials and prominent rebel
leaders—should be subject to the travel ban and
asset freeze unless the parties stop fighting and
agree on a viable political agreement. The
resolution also threatens to impose an arms embargo.
individuals are: Koang Rambang Chol, a high-ranking
opposition military official; Kuol Manyang Juuk,
South Sudan’s defense minister; Malek Reuben Riak
Rengu, the former deputy chief of staff of South
Sudan’s army; Martin Elia Lomuro, South Sudan’s
cabinet affairs minister; Michael Makuei Lueth,
South Sudan’s information minister; Paul Malong Awan,
former chief of staff of South Sudan’s army who
rebelled last year.
the vote, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Nations
Tekeda Alemu warned that the adoption of the U.S.
resolution would be detrimental to the peace process
in South Sudan as the Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD), a subregional bloc, is at a
critical moment in brokering peace.
is hosting the IGAD-sponsored South Sudan High-Level
Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa.
possibility that the peace process might totally
collapse—God forbid—as a consequence of this
(adoption) could not be ruled out,” warned the
proposed that the Security Council instead approve a
technical roll-over of the current sanctions regime
without adding names to the sanctions list.
for two months would not have caused the sky to
fall,” he said, adding that the South Sudan crisis
can only be addressed through an all-inclusive
process, regarding which progress is being made.
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told
the council that her country has lost patience. “The
United States has lost its patience. The status quo
is unacceptable. It is long past time for all of us
to demand better for the South Sudanese people,” she
told the council before the vote.
after its independence from Sudan in 2011, South
Sudan plunged into a civil war. Up to 300,000 people
are estimated to have been killed since late 2013.
More than 1.5 million people have fled to
neighboring countries, and many more are internally
officials have said repeatedly that the South Sudan
crisis is a man-made tragedy, blaming it on greedy
East African bloc
urges South Sudanese warring factions to silence
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African
bloc, on Thursday urged South Sudanese warring
factions to abide by the ceasefire agreement and
silence the guns.
Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers Foreign
Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, said Thursday during the
opening session of the bloc’s council of ministers
meeting in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa that “we
have now reached at a decisive moment.”
stressed that parties involved in South Sudan
violence “should spare no time to recommit to
silence the guns and, once and for all, stick to the
document they signed afresh in December 2017.”
stressed that IGAD would act on those that have
violated the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.
Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais, who
presented a status update of the High Level
Revitalization Forum since its commencement on
December last year, also called on the parties to
“wisely” consider options in the peace process.”
the peace process’ opening session, South Sudan’s
President Salva Kiir on Wednesday met and talked
with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis
Ethiopia, which is currently the chair of IGAD, has
been actively engaging under the IGAD umbrella to
reconcile South Sudan’s warring parties ever since
the civil war broke out in December 2013.
the civil war, which started after a political
dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former
deputy Machar led to split in the army, the world’s
youngest nation has been embroiled in a conflict
that has taken a devastating toll on the people,
creating one of the fastest growing refugee crises
in the world.
President Salva Kiir in Ethiopia for peace talks
JUBA South Suda (Xinhua) --
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
on Wednesday travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for
a one-day State visit, the presidency said.
President Kiir was accompanied by the country’s
chief peace negotiator and government ministers for
talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
South Sudanese leader is expected to brief the
Ethiopian prime minister about South Sudan’s
position on the peace talks led by the East African
regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on
president of the republic would discuss with the new
Ethiopian Prime Minister the government’s position
on the recent IGAD proposal on the revival of the
country’s peace,” the presidency said.
Kiir’s first visit to Ethiopia since the resignation
of former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam
Desalegn. Ethiopia is hosting peace talks aimed at
reviving South Sudan’s stalled 2015 peace deal.
second round of the High Level Revitalization Forum
ended last week without any deal after the warring
parties rejected a proposed power sharing deal
developed by IGAD. IGAD is yet to announce the next
date for the negotiations.
press statement, spokesperson of Ethiopia’s Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), also said Kiir is
expected to hold discussion with Abiy Ahmed on ways
to end South Sudan’s civil war.
is the chair of IGAD that has been trying to
reconcile South Sudan warring parties ever since
civil war broke out in December 2013.
was also host to the peace agreement signed in
August 2015, between South Sudan President Salva
Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar. Renewed fighting
in July 2016, however, led to the weakening of the
agreement with South Sudan government and rebels
accusing each other of restarting the hostilities.
people in South Sudan unsure of where next meal
will come from
GENEV (Xinhua) --
As many as 7.1 million people or more
than half the population of South Sudan would not
know where their next meal come from, in the absence
of humanitarian assistance, the World Food Programme
(WFP) said Friday.
peaks during the annual lean season when food is
most scarce before the next harvest, WFP
spokesperson Bettina Luescher said at a UN briefing
partners aim to reach up to 4.8 million hungry
people with assistance in the worst-affected areas
of South Sudan at the height of the lean season in
June and July,” she said.
same UN briefing, Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson
for the UN children’s fund UNICEF said that more
than one million children are acutely malnourished,
with hundreds of thousands at risk of dying in South
that without a sustained, comprehensive response,
millions of people are at risk for a fifth straight
year of conflict.
special concern are Southern Unity state and Pibor
County in Jonglei state. The fear is that rising
hunger may reach catastrophic levels without a
concerted emergency response.
international community stepped up efforts when
famine was declared in South Sudan in February 2017
and funded a huge response that ended the famine by
humanitarian assistance alone cannot solve South
political solution can provide the peace needed for
people to rebuild their lives and livelihoods,” said
insecurity has worsened across South Sudan because
of conflict since 2013 and economic collapse, which
continue to destroy lives and livelihoods.
number of displaced people and refugees only
increases as more people become destitute and depend
on assistance to stay alive, said WFP.
South Sudan aims to
raise 600,000 USD to support response to floods
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua)
-- South Sudan requires
over 600,000 US dollars to provide emergency aid to
victims of flooding, the country’s disaster
management agency said on Friday.
Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Risk
Management predicted likelihood of an escalating
flooding crisis in many parts of South Sudan amid
Peter Kulang, Undersecretary in the Ministry of
Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Risk Management,
said urgent funding is needed to buy boats, tents,
mosquito nets and blankets to assist communities
living in the flood-prone regions of Bahr el Ghazal,
Upper Nile and Unity.
Sudan’s Meteorological Department warned last week
that several regions in the country are at risk of
experiencing heavy rains as the rain season peaks by
August this year.
seeking an emergency fund to procure and preposition
emergency supplies such as mosquito nets, tents,
blankets and drainage tools. We need to act before
it unfolds into a national disaster,” said Kulang.
ministry is encouraging all government sectors and
humanitarian actors to share their contingency plans
in the hot spot areas to improve coordination,
reduce cost, consolidate efforts and synergy to
avoid duplication,” he added.
Sudan is prone to recurrent floods every year in the
rainy season, between May and October, which
threatens the livelihoods of a huge population.
year, torrential rains forced over 100,000 people
from their homes and destroyed valuable property in
central and northern parts of the world’s youngest
offer free treatment to children in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua)
-- The Chinese medical
team in South Sudan on Friday offered treatment and
food donation to children at the state-owned Juba
Orphanage during an event to mark the International
sixth batch of Chinese doctors treated children with
eye and skin infections and also donated foodstuff
to boost their nutrition status.
“Children are the hope of a nation, they have great
potential. We the Chinese say, when the young are
strong, the country is strong. So children should
get care from the society,” said Sun Yaxi, head of
the China medical team in South Sudan.
really happy to see that China and South Sudan enjoy
a close and lasting partnership,” Sun added.
Kenyi, Director of the Orphanage in the capital,
Juba, appreciated the Chinese doctors for their
consistent support to the children’s home in the
last five years.
appealed to donor agencies to support the orphanage
since it lacks basic necessities like food, medicine
and learning materials.
independence of South Sudan in 2011, China has
dispatched five medical teams with a total of 66
members to offer specialized medical care and
surgeries to about 50,000 patients across the east
Maker, Medical Director at South Sudan’s biggest
public health facility, the Juba Teaching Hospital,
hailed the role played by the Chinese doctors.
the people of South Sudan have benefited a lot from
the Chinese doctors in the last five years.
really thank the Chinese medical team not only for
coming here to donate something to the orphans, but
also for coming all the way from China to give
medical service to our people,” said Maker.
feeling towards these children is appreciated. What
you are doing will change the lives of these
children. They will always remember the Chinese
people,” he added.
UN sends home
accused of sexual abuse in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua)
-- The UN Mission in South
Sudan (UNMISS) said it has repatriated a group of
Ghanaian peacekeepers involved in a sexual
exploitation scandal in South Sudan in February.
contingent of 46 police officers was repatriated to
Ghana on Wednesday, UNMISS told Xinhua in a
statement Thursday evening.
withdrew the 46-member Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU)
from their duty station inside a UN Protection of
Civilians (PoC) site in the north-western South
Sudanese town of Wau on Feb. 8, and confined to
their base in the capital, Juba after a complaint of
sexual misconduct was made.
mission said investigations conducted by the Office
of Internal Oversight Services, an independent
office within the UN established that some members
of the FPU were in fact involved in transactional
sex with women under their protection.
added that it is following up with the Ghanaian
authorities to ensure that disciplinary or criminal
actions are taken against the perpetrators.
has a zero tolerance, no excuses, and no second
chances approach to sexual exploitation and abuse
(SEA),” the UNMISS said.
with existing rules, the report will be shared with
the Government of Ghana which is also conducting its
own national investigation into the allegations and
has pledged to take disciplinary and/or criminal
action for substantiated acts,” it added.
has some 17,000 peacekeeping personnel, including
13,000 soldiers and 1,500 police, who carry out the
mission’s mandate to build peace and protect
civilians in South Sudan.
priority is to put victims’ rights and dignity first
and ensure provision of victim assistance services,
as well as transparency and accountability,” UNMISS