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Insecurity: UN Extends South Sudan Arms Trade Embargo To 2021 Over Crimes Against Humanity

Insecurity: UN Extends South Sudan Arms Trade Embargo To 2021 Over Crimes Against Humanity

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By Elite Reporter As a result of the heinous crimes against humanity being perpetrated against civilians by armed militia in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday adopted a resolution to extending until May next year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals. The United States-drafted document received 12 votes in favour, with Russia, China and South Africa abstaining from the voting. The council additionally scheduled a midterm review of the measures to take place by December 15 and expressed its "readiness to consider adjusting measures ... including through modifying, suspending, lifting or strengthening." The 15-member body was also asked to provide a report by the end of October on the rol...
Salva Kirr Appoints Rebel Leader  Dr Machar As South Sudan Vice  President

Salva Kirr Appoints Rebel Leader Dr Machar As South Sudan Vice President

NEWS, Politics
By Keefa Nuwahereza The world is set to see a new era in South Sudan after President Salva Kiir appointed former rebel leader Dr Riek Machar as his first vice president, just a day after the two men agreed to form a government of national unity. Oil-rich South Sudan secured independence from its northern neighbour Sudan in 2011 but plunged into civil war two years later. The fighting claimed an estimated 400,000 lives and sparked off the biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The conflict was triggered by Kiir’s sacking of his then-deputy Machar, who proceeded to form a rebel faction against the government. “I President Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of South Sudan, do hereby issue a decree for the appointment of Dr Riek Machar Teny as first vice president of S...
S. Sudan President Kirr, Rebel Leader Machar Finally Agrees To Form Unity Government

S. Sudan President Kirr, Rebel Leader Machar Finally Agrees To Form Unity Government

NEWS, Politics
By Elite Reporter South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending six years of war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. Kiir said the new government will be formed on Saturday and he will appoint Machar as his first vice president, or top deputy, on Friday. The president said security arrangements, one crucial issue, will be resolved after the government's formation. He said the protection of Machar and others with the opposition will be under his responsibility. "We have agreed to form the government in two days on 22nd February. We are still discussing other things and I am hopeful we will resolve them all," Machar said after a meeting between the two.  South Sud...
Uncertainty In S.Sudan After Rebel Leader Machar Rejects President Kirr’s Peace Deal

Uncertainty In S.Sudan After Rebel Leader Machar Rejects President Kirr’s Peace Deal

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By Elite Reporter Untold uncertainty has engulfed South Sudan after rebels led by ex-vice president Dr Riek Machar rejected a peace offer by President Salva Kiir, which included plans to reduce the number of states and creating three administrative areas in the country. However, the rejection by rebel chief Machar, announced in a statement, dashed hopes of breaking a deadlock and ending a six-year conflict that has left at least 380,000 people dead and millions in dire poverty. Kiir and Machar, who lives in exile, are under increasing international pressure to resolve their differences by a February 22 deadline. Kiir on Saturday said the country would be divided into the original 10 states - a key opposition demand - plus three "administrative areas" of Pibor, Ruweng and Abye...
Salva Kirr, Riek Machar Finally Agree End War, Form South Sudanese Government

Salva Kirr, Riek Machar Finally Agree End War, Form South Sudanese Government

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Longtime warring South Sudanese leaders president Salva Kiir and his renegade vice president Dr Riek Machar finally agreed end fighting and form a unity government. Kiir and Machar, who is now opposition leader, met over the past three days in the capital Juba to resolve outstanding disputes that prevented the formation of a coalition government in time for a November 12 deadline and on Tuesday announced that they had finally reached a common understanding. There were international concerns that war could resume over the disputes. Last month, the two leaders bought time by delaying the government’s formation for 100 days beyond that deadline. This comes hours after the United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two South Sudanese officials it accu...
U.N Deploys Troops To Quell Ethnic Violence In South Sudan

U.N Deploys Troops To Quell Ethnic Violence In South Sudan

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The United Nations has sent a contingent of peacekeepers to an area of central South Sudan where about 80 people have been killed in a bout of fighting between two ethnic communities, the the U.N and a local officials said on Tuesday. "The violence beween the Gak and Manuer communities broke out on November 27, 2019 and it has lasted for days", said Benjamin Laat, information minister for Western Lakes state. “It was a revenge killing when one of the Manuer was killed by the guys from Gak. The government intervened,” Laat added. United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement that Nepalese troops serving with the peacekeeping force had been sent to the area following reports from local aut...
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