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South Sudan’s rebel leader arrives in New York

New York, September 26, 2015 (SSNA) -- A high-level rebel delegation led by South Sudan’s Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny — who now leads the armed opposition, has on Saturday arrived in New York, United States of America.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) Representative to the United States Hon. Reath Muoch Tang, SPLM/A-IO's Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Miyong Kuon, and other US-based high ranking rebel officials were presence at the airport to welcome Machar.

Dr. Machar, who will next week address South Sudanese in Nebraska, was welcome and greeted by thousands of cheering supporters who came from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The rebel leader was invited by United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to attend the 2015 UN General Assembly summit.

South Sudanese president Salva kiir was also invited by the UN to participate in the conferences, but refused, saying his deputy James Wani Igga will fill-in for him.

However, on Friday, South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makui Lueth accused the UN of treating Salva Kiir like a "schoolboy," adding UN Secretary General failed to notify Kiir ahead of the time.

Makui also lashed out at the United States, asserting that he suspects the US was going to deny visas to some members of Kiir's delegation without giving any specific reason why he believes the US government was going to denied some government's officials entry into the the US.

On September 18, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) was told by a high-ranking government official that Salva Kiir fears if he travels to the United States, the SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong Awan who is not happy about the peace deal could overthrow him.

Machar will participate in separate meetings designed for the implementation of the recently signed compromise peace agreement.

The rebel leader is also expected to brief the people of South Sudan about the peace deal and its implementation on the 3rd of October in Omaha, Nebraska.

The list of rebel delegation includes Deputy Chairman Alfred Ladu Gore, National Chairperson for Peace and Reconciliation Taban Deng Gai, Dr. Dhieu Mathok--National Committe Chairman for Roads and Transport Committee, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth--Chairperson for foreign relations committe, National Committe Chairperson for Agriculture Tijwog Hather Agwet, Atim Cuei Deng--Protocol in the office of the Chairman, Angelina Teny, Henry Dilah Odwar, Hussein Mar Nyuot, Stephen Par Kuol, Sandra Bona Malwal, Lamumba S. K. Diaping, Peter Marcelo, Dobuol Lealweng Wuol, Sophia Pal Gai Lam, Rebecca Nyakier Thor, Judy Nyakuoth Tut Kuol, Joseph Yatta, Goal Chuol, Phar Dang Yuot, Gabriel Guok Dang, Chuol Koah Tiep, Peter Gatkuoth Moyong Nyuot, Gatluak Ruach Pur, Martin Abucha, Chop Puok Both, among others.

Russia, Angola block UN sanctions against South Sudan

New York, September 15, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) latest attempt to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival military Generals was on Tuesday blocked by Russia and Angola. Russia claims that the punitive measures could further worsens the situation, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

A source at the UN also said Venezuela opposes the proposed sanctions.

On Monday, US-backed proposal was tabled for UNSC vote, allowing each nation of the 15-member Council to either accept or reject the proposal by 3:00PM, Eastern Time (US).

The bid is intended to target South Sudan’s army Chief Paul Malong Awan and rebel General Johnson Olony.

Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin appears not happy with US’s wilingness to impose sanctions on the violence-ravaged nation, adding that Russian Federation recently signed a joint communique with South Sudan and Sudan and that the deal included opposition to sanctions.

"We think we need to take that into account. The United States, very often they just say 'sanctions, sanctions, sanctions' and in some cases it severely aggravates the situation,” Churkin told reporters.

In recent weeks, reports suggest that South Sudan’s government has been lobbying Russia to block any UN move that could result in sanctions against the young nation.

Fighting broke out in December of 2013 between different units of presidential guards after months of political turmoil among senior leaders of the SPLM. South Sudanese President says his main-rival, Dr. Riek Machar, planned a coup. Machar denies the allegation saying Kiir premeditated the coup in an attempt to try to get rid of his political rivals.

UN to decide whether to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival generals

New York, September 14, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will on Tuesday decide whether to impose new sanctions on two South Sudanese military Generals who the UNSC believes fuel the war.

Diplomats at the UN revealed that Generals Malong Awan and Johnson Olony are the targets of the looming sanctions, adding that the names of the two Generals may not be added to the sanctions list tomorrow if an objection is raised against the proposal.

However, if an objection is not raised then the UN committee managing South Sudan sanctions will enter the names of Malong and Olony into the sanctions list.

Paul Malong is the SPLA Chief of General Staff; and Olony is the commanding General of the SPLA-IO's Special Division one.

It is not clear which countries among the 15-member council will object to the US-backed draft.

The UNSC, which has already sanctioned six senior Generals, three from each side threatens to impose punitive measures against South Sudan if the peace deal is not implemented.

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