JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The South Sudanese government on Sunday
welcomed efforts by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga to
coordinate peace talks between the country’s rival leaders aimed
at ending over four years of conflict in the world’s newest
Michael Makuei said South Sudan has no opposition to Odinga’s
peace mediation role in the South Sudan conflict, adding that
the politician leader should not conduct parallel mediations
because the government does not want the peace talks to be taken
away from the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on
“The president has
no objection to Odinga coordinating a meeting between him and
Riek Machar and the government welcomes it. But that meeting
should only be under the auspices of IGAD because we don’t want
the peace mediation role to be taken away from IGAD,” Makuei
told Xinhua by phone.
The Kenyan leader
recently embarked on peace mediation efforts with the South
Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in a
bid to the find lasting solution to the ongoing civil war.
The National Super
Alliance (NASA) leader met Kiir in Juba last month and also
traveled to South Africa on Friday where he held talks with the
exiled leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in
Opposition (SPLA-IO) Machar.
“I have had a
fruitful discussion with Raila Odinga in the quest for peace in
our country. SPLA-IO and myself have been advocating this
peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Machar wrote on his
official tweeter account on Friday.
has clarified that his recent missions to South Sudan and South
Africa where he held talks with Kiir and Machar respectively
were aimed at understanding the current position of each of the
two leaders on the various issues separating them and which have
implications for peace and stability in South Sudan, Kenya and
was complementary to the talks that have been going on to bring
together the various parties to the conflict in South Sudan
under the auspices of IGAD in Addis Ababa,” Odinga’s spokesman
Dennis Onyango said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Sunday.
Onyango said Odinga
remains hopeful that these efforts will soon bear fruits. He
added that there is however no planned talks between the two
leaders—Kiir and Machar—through Odinga’s efforts as reported in
section of the media on Sunday.
descended into civil war in late 20013, and the conflict has
created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
The UN has estimated
that about four million South Sudanese have been displaced
internally and externally.
A peace deal signed
in August 2015 between the rival leaders under United Nations
pressure led to the establishment of a transitional unity
government, but was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.
IGAD is yet to
announce the next date for the negotiations after the second
round ended without any deal in May.
Sudan to introduce bigger banknote amid rising inflation
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Central Bank of South Sudan said Monday it
will introduce higher banknote of 500 South Sudanese pounds (SSP)
amid rising inflation in the conflict-torn East African nation.
The bank said the
new bank note that features the image of the country’s
revolutionary leader John Garang will be introduced soon.
“The Bank of South
Sudan would like to inform the general public that it is
introducing a new banknote of 500 South Sudanese pounds as legal
tender in the Republic of South Sudan,” reads the public notice
published on local newspapers.
South Sudan depends
on oil revenue for 98 percent of its budget, but production
decreased significantly due to civil war that erupted in
December 2013, causing most oilfields in the country’s oil-rich
northern region to shut down.
This led to fall in
production to less than 130,000 barrels per day (bpd) from
350,000 bpd in 2011.
The East African
nation is currently struggling with hyperinflation amid shortage
of foreign reserves to support imports.
The local currency
is currently trading at 139 SSP for one U.S. dollar at the
official bank rate and 320 SSP for one dollar in the black