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Advocacy group accuses Kampala and Khartoum of ‘undermining’ South Sudan peace talks

Washington, DC, June 10, 2015 (SSNA) -- A report released on Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Enough Project accusedSudan and Uganda of undermining South Sudan’s peace negotiations in Ethiopia.

The report comes as new peace talks between South Sudanese rivals resume in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"Willingness to take action on South Sudan has been undermined by a web of political and economic relationships linking regional elites' interests to those of South Sudanese politicians,” the report reads in part.

The report also said other unnamed East African nations of having economic interests in the young country and that efforts to find a peaceful solution to the raging civil war in the violence-stricken nation are difficult.

"Political and economic interests linking elites across Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan have individually and collectively undermined peace talks and the region's will to enforce sanctions that would disrupt access to funds that sustain war," the report added.

The Enough Project’s report also stated that regional economic interests make peace negotiations even more difficulty for the United Nations and individuals countries to impose effective sanctions.

The report is the first of its kind by an international advocacy agency to accuse Kampala and Khartoum of undermining South Sudan’s peace talks.

IGAD-mediated peace talks collapsed in early March after South Sudan’s warring factions failed to agree on security arrangements and power-sharing deal.

South Sudanese rebel faction ambush government troops in Western Equatoria State, 5 dead

Juba, June 9, 2015 (SSNA) -- A South Sudan’s rebel group, the Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA), has announced it has crushed and destroyed units of Juba-backed troops after exchange of gunfire in Western Equatoria State.

The rebel faction said SPLA soldiers who were sent as part of large scale military reinforcement to Madridi felt into ambush four kilometers outside Madridi.

“The heroic forces of Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA) today on 09th June, 2015; courageously crushed SPLA’s Production Unit,” REMNASA said in a public statement.

“…SPLA forces yesterday on 8th June 2015 committed great atrocities against residents of Maridi whereas they killed 10 civilians, burnt houses and looting properties, which caused massive populations,” it added.

REMNASA also alleged that it has killed five SPLA-Juba solders, wounded others, captured six rifles and a RPG, adding that government troops have been scattered and on the run.

The cause of the problem

REMNASA asserted that the problem began after cattle belonging to a Dinka man destroyed a farm in Maridi. After, the farm was destroyed, a Madridi youth tried to explain to a Dinka man that what his cattle has done is wrong; then, the Dinka man choose to confront the youth instead of apologizing.

As the situation escalates, the Dinka man who was supposedly with other unknown number of other Dinka men decided to call their tribesmen from South Sudan’s National security post in the area. Soon after, security agents (all Dinka) arrived at the scene and arrested the Madridi youth who first informed the Dinka man about destruction his cattle had done.

From there, local youths from Madridi reacted angrily by beating the cows with sticks after they learned their fellow Madridi youth was arrested for no apparent reason—this is where the problem escalated into a complete chaos.

REMNASA’s statement further alleged that that government soldiers shoot and killed many civilians, destroyed houses, and looted properties.

Sudanese opposition leaders barred from travelling to Strasbourg

Khartoum/Paris, June 8, 2015(SSNA) -- Security officers prevented opposition leaders from travelling to France on Monday. They were invited to participate in the European Parliament hearing on Sudan in Strasbourg, scheduled to take place on 9 June. The passports of seven opposition leaders, including Maryam El Mahdi and Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, co vice-presidents of the National Umma Party, and Siddig Yousef, senior member of Sudanese Communist Party, were taken from them at Khartoum International Airport.

 Farah El Agar, legal consultant of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and Ibrahim El Sheikh, head of the Sudanese Congress Party were stopped from travelling to Strasbourg on Saturday. Faroug Abu Eisa, chairman of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), a coalition of opposition parties, was not allowed to travel to Cairo for medical checks last Wednesday.

The NCF chairman told Radio Dabanga on Sunday that security officers had informed him on Wednesday that the travel ban is a political decision against the signatories of the Sudan Appeal. In the two-page communiqué, signed in Addis Ababa on 3 December last year, the allied opposition calls for regime-change and the formation of a Sudan, based on democracy and equal citizenship.

The signatories were invited by the European Parliament, in cooperation with the Sudan Centre for Transitional Justice and Peace Studies, to discuss options for reaching peace in Sudan.

Abu Eisa called the travel ban “an affront to the European Parliament”. Malik Agar, head of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel alliance, said that the action by the security apparatus clearly proves that the newly appointed Sudanese government will continue its war policies and suppression of civic freedoms. “Those banned from travelling intended to contribute to the Sudanese peace process. By barring them, the regime affirms its rejection of ending the wars in the country by peaceful means,” he stressed.

The opposition has denounced the new cabinet and state governors, appointed by President Al Bashir on Saturday, saying that it is “just a transferral of the same persons to other locations”.

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