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Peace Ambassador Welcomes the SPLM Party Step to Reunify in Arusha, Tanzania

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, January 22, 2015 (SSNA) -- Upon return from his private visit to Lietchuor Refugee Camp in Western Region of Gambella - Ethiopia, Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon said that he is so impress to see the warring factions to ink for re-unification of the party in Arusha, Tanzania.

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Secretary General Abdulrahman Omari Kinana admitted the sides had yet to reach complete agreement.

“Ninety-five percent of the document has been agreed, only five percent is pending. This five percent will need the consultation, the advice, and the wisdom of the leaders of the region," he said according to Voice of America.

Peace Ambassador Nyuon said that although there is mixed expectations as SPLM leaders meet in Arusha, Tanzania …still, there is hope for change. 

“Any step toward peace in South Sudan should be valued, respected and appreciated.” He said. He also praises the Tanzania’s Ruling Party for organizing the yearlong ideology, which may lead to the re-unification of the SPLM party. 

“Thanks to Tanzania's majority Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and South Sudan’s Ruling Party for realizing the re-unification of the party as one of the tools to bring peace in the youngest Nation.” The statement partly read.

Mr. Nyuon said that there is high demand for refugees themselves more than anybody in the World to see peace happening in South Sudan. 

Lietchuor Refugee Camp is one of the three camps under Gambella Region, which hosted more than 50 thousands South Sudanese.

Peace Ambassador appreciated the roles played by IGAD and other partners for firmly pushing the truce between the warring factions.

The next and the last round of talk is [are] due to resume next week on 30 January in Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa.

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Lou Nuer Youth in frontline welcome the disclosure of Government’s secret by its top official in Juba

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 31, 2014 (SSNA) -- Lou Nuer Youth in frontline expressed their gratitude to Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul, a South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting who revealed to the press that South Sudan Government plans to launch new offensives in Lou-Nuer Areas, Jonglei State.

Ms. Rachel Nyadak Paul, who represents Lou-Nuer’s [Uror County] in Salva Kiir’s government, said on her official account on social media that, the youth must allow the “constitutional army from entering Lou Land next week”. She also accused the rebel leader and his wife for mobilizing the Lou Nuer Youth and urged the youth to either choose to died or surrender their weapons if resist to fight the Government.

Speaking on the satellite phone today from Uror County, the head of overall command for Lou Nuer White Army Mr. Bordoang Leah appreciated the roles played by Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul for informing her beloved Lou Nuer Youth to stay alert for the attack from Juba Government led by president Kiir. “I really appreciated Hon. Rachel Nyadak for revealing the Juba’s secret, I know she is there (in Juba) for reason.” The White Army commander said on satellite interview with media.

Moreover, Dak Kueth, a self-claim prophet has also affirmed his happiness to Ms. Paul for the important and appreciable revelation by the deputy Minster. “Thank you indeed for the job well-done, this is a true sign of being a real citizen to this community of Lou Nuer.” Prophet Dak said online from Uror.

Meanwhile, some youth leaders in Nyirol and Akobo Counties, Mr. Wie Bol Bipal and Mr. Bol Chuol Yakuach respectively expressed their happiness on the secret disclosure by the Deputy Minister. Instead they urged the Government of Juba to honor the cessation of hostility, which was recently signed between the warring factions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In separate interview, one of the highest officials for rebel faction who prefers to talk in condition of anonymity said that the Government must respect the truce. “We will never attack the government, but we must fight for self-defense if Juba attacks us.”

The conflict has been in hot spot for a year with low pace from IGAD while other Countries including TROIKA are pushing for possible sanction on the warring parties.

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South Sudan Foreign Minister Denies Drop in Oil Output

Khartoum, December 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has denied reports that South Sudan’s oil production has dropped sharply due to the ongoing war in the country.

Marial who is now in Khartoum for an official visit to mark the 59th anniversary of Sudan’s independence was interviewed by the South Sudan in Focus and declared that the oil production has never stopped for one day.

"It's only the Unity fields where the workers were withdrawn because there was a threat of more destruction there, but the oil has been flowing.  It has never stopped for one day,” Dr. Marial told South Sudan in Focus.

“There is no fighting in the oil areas. The oil has been flowing since December 2013,” he added.

However, economists and oil experts disagree, stating that South Sudan oil production has fallen from roughly 250,000 barrels per day to 160,000 barrels per day after the war broke out, according to the United States Energy Information Administration (USEIA) website which was quoted by the Voice of America.

The government of South Sudan depends heavily on oil revenues and many regional experts warned that the young nation’s economy could collapse without warning.

The price of crude oil has plummet, forcing the government to look for ways to finance its war against the raging rebellion.

In May 2014, South Sudan borrowed $200 million from a Chinese company and delayed repayments on domestic loans, putting the young nation’s economy viability into question.

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