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Armed Opposition Boycotted Peace Talks

By Staff Writer:


South Sudan peace talks is postponed following Riek Machar's armed opposition boycott to fourth round of negotiation. Sources close to rebels say that civil society participation in Addis is the center of controversy. Armed opposition says selection of civil society was one sided and it does not represent them; therefore they want their own representatives from abroad and from the areas under their control to be broad in.

There had been debate among the members of civil society about who should go to addis to represent them. This comes following pressure mounted on both the government and armed opposition to include other stakeholders such as civil society, faith based organization and former detainees in the peace talks.

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Taban Deng, left and Nhial Deng, right

 

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Upper Nile University: Lean us a Listening Ear


 
By Ariik Atekdit:  

The senior administrators of the Upper Nile University (UNU) urged the Government of South Sudan to lean them a listening ear. Speaking in Malakal, Prof. Yohannes Edward Odhok, stressed that the University’s infrastructure is a complete ruined and intervention of the government and well wishers is much needed. He urged South Sudan government to give listening ear so that the future of the students is safeguarded in the higher learning institution.

Professor Odhok is a deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance in Upper Nile University. He said that “The institution is badly destroyed during the conflict”… and that “it needs the government, partners and donors to remain firm in helping the University to stand again after the devastating destruction of its Malakal Campus”.

prof cuirProfessor Isaac Cuir Riak - Vice Chancellor of Upper Nile University

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UPDF, SPLA to Fight Armed Robbers

Uganda and South Sudan have issued a joint alert for traders and travellers, saying armed robbers continue to terrorise people along the Uganda-Juba highway. Since early June 2014, business communities plying the Yei – Yambio, Yambio – Wau road in South Sudan have registered incidents of armed robberies of their goods in transit and torching of their vehicles," reads part of the statement sent to Chimpreports on Wednesday afternoon.

"This is therefore to alert the general public that there are potential dangers along the Yei – Yambio, Yambio – Wau road and request them to take the necessary precautions until they are assured that security has been restored." The two governments explained that these security challenges have been confirmed by The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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The Uganda army is working closely with South Sudan to crush the armed robbers disrupting cross-border trade

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South Sudan: Interim Government without Kiir is a Red Line

By staff writer:

Interim government without Kiir is “unacceptable”, government of South Sudan warned. In a brief statement, the government through its twitter account said, “Dissolution of the National Legislature and a transitional government without Salva Kiir will not be allowed - this is a red-line.”

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit

The warning surfaces as the rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar pushes for interim government without Kiir being its leader. Dr. Machar, led armed opposition against his former boss, President Salva Kiir in December 2013. President Salva accused Machar and his group of attempting to stage a coup against him. Machar deny attempting coup and instead accused Kiir of falsifying coup to silence his critics. Machar was South Sudan former Vice President but was fired by Kiir in July 2013.

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S Sudan leaders agree to form new government

President Kiir and rebel chief agree to form transitional government within 60 days in move hoped to end civil war. South Sudan's president and rebel chief have met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia's prime minster says.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met on Tuesday on the sidelines of a regional leaders' summit organised by the East African regional bloc the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is brokering the slow-moving negotiations.

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President Kiir and Riek Machar met only for the second time since the conflict begun in December

"They agreed to complete the dialogue process within the coming 60 days on what how, when and who... (for) the formation of the transitional government," Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn said, after the rare meeting between Kiir and Machar.

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Kiir, Machar Warned on Fresh Fighting

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has sternly warned the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict to put an end to hostilities, saying continued fighting was endangering efforts to restore sanity in the war-torn country. The statement came just hours after rebels loyal to Riek Machar announced the seizure of tanks, army vehicles and heavy artillery from retreating government soldiers.

SPLA recently denied reports that all soldiers in forward positions on the frontline had abandoned their positions before defecting to Machar's rebel movement. However, government said some soldiers had indeed defected due to delayed salaries which officials said is an "administrative matter that will be sorted out soon."

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The two warring principals Dr Riek Machar and Salva Kiir

AUPSC expressed "its deep concern that, in spite of the commitments made by the Parties, the Government and the SPLM/A in opposition have failed to meaningfully move forward the peace process and bring an end to the senseless killing of innocent civilians".

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