22 Jul 2018

 

What Others Say: South Sudan In Th News

"You bring Riek Machar to Juba here. I guarantee his safety and I will protect him with the national army. If you don't believe me, the RPF [Regional Protection Force] is here. You bring the RPF to take charge of the security of Riek Machar in Juba..."


U.S. Initiates Review of South Sudan Aid

The U.S. is beginning a comprehensive review of its aid programs to South Sudan over the country's lack of progress toward resolving in its ongoing civil war. The White House on Tuesday cited South Sudan's elevation of officials sanctioned by the U.N. and exile of others who signed a 2015 peace accord for initiating the review. "The Government of South Sudan has lost credibility, and the United States is losing patience," the White House declared in a statement. The U.S. is South Sudan's largest donor of humanitarian assistance, but it has grown frustrated with the worsening crisis in the world's newest country. It imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan in February, and has sanctioned leading individuals and oil-linked entities multiple times. Politico
UN Boss Recommends More Sanctions against South Sudan
South Sudan risks being slapped with fresh sanctions by the United Nations Security Council following a report by a top UN official, saying leaders in the country are still 'bent on armed confrontation'. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under Secretary - General for peacekeeping operations told the security council that despite work done by the regional trading bloc, IGAD to facilitate an agreement on a permanent ceasefire, the 'parties remain far apart on the issues'. He also highlighted the scale of sexual violence and increasing cases of aggression against humanitarian agencies and their staff. Africa News
South Sudan President Asks SPLM to Forgive Machar
Ahead of a high-level forum on South Sudan next week, President Salva Kiir is urging SPLM ruling party officials to forgive his former deputy, Riek Machar, and said the rebel leader should return home. "You bring Riek Machar to Juba here. I guarantee his safety and I will protect him with the national army. If you don't believe me, the RPF [Regional Protection Force] is here. You bring the RPF to take charge of the security of Riek Machar in Juba. This is where we will be meeting him and so that we talk to him," Kiir told party members attending a National Liberation Council meeting late last week in Juba. The council is a legislative body of the SPLM. Kiir said he also wants all former detainees, including former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum, to return to Juba in accordance with a reunification agreement signed in 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania. VOA
Aid Workers Targeted in Battle against Famine in South Sudan
Lying facedown, a rebel fighter jabbing a rifle barrel into the back of his head, the aid worker was sure his bid to save his fellow South Sudanese from famine was about to end in his own death. The driver's ordeal in the country's north cost him his money, watch and mobile phone, but he was left alive, asking not to be identified for fear of retribution. Others weren't so lucky: more than 100 aid workers have been killed by armed groups during South Sudan's over four-year civil war. Now a fresh wave of attacks and intimidation by fighters from both sides is imperiling efforts to prevent the nation's second famine since early 2017. Bloomberg

  

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