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UK declares South Sudan “dangerous” place to travel

Juba, November 29, 2015 (SSNA) -- The government of the United Kingdom has declared the Republic of South Sudan “dangerous” and “unsafe” place to travel, warning all its citizens to take the advice seriously, according to a statement published on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

The UK admits that it has no control over the deterioration of the security in the volatile young nation and asks its citizens to remain alert and monitor local security and the media.

The warning comes as the implementation of the IGAD-Plus compromise peace agreement becomes uncertain. The UK government also cites terrorism as an issue for its decision.

UK, a member of three nations’ bloc, Troika, has been supportive of the ongoing South Sudan’s peace talks.

However, the document appears to be an updated version of UK’s regular worldwide travel warnings, according to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) investigations.

SPLM-IO elects its first Secretary General

Addis Ababa, November 27, 2015 (SSNA) -- The National Liberation Council (NLC) of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has elected its first Secretary General since the ruling SPLM party divided itself into groups after fighting broke out in Juba in mid-December of 2013.

The SPLM-IO is the political wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO).

The highly contested election was conducted in the rebel headquarters, Pagak. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, who served as the Chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the SPLM-IO, was overwhelmingly elected as the new Secretary General of the SPLM-IO.

“SPLM/SPLA (IO) leadership wants to announce to its members, supporters and sympathizers worldwide that the National Liberation Council (NLC) of the Movement has elected its Secretary General. Comrade Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol is now the newly elected Secretary General of the Movement,” James Gatdet Dak announced in a statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

Gatdet praises the election process and said the election was done in a democratic manner, adding that new members were also elected to the SPLM’s Political Bureau and National Liberation Council of the armed opposition.

“The election was conducted in a democratic atmosphere during which other officials of the NLC competed in the exercise. Earlier, members to the NLC and Political Bureau (PB) were selected,” he disclosed.

The rebel leadership reaffirms its commitment to peace and welcomes the launch of work of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) led by Former Botswana’s President, Festus Mogae.

Gatdet further revealed a team of 500 cadres of the SPLM/A-IO was ready to travel to Juba and nine states of the violence-ravaged nation, warning the travel of the SPLM/A-IO's advance team to Juba "depends on resolution of political violations to the Peace Agreement by President Salva Kiir’s government.”

The rebel Spokesperson proclaims that the armed opposition didn’t attend Friday JMEC’s conference because the “venue and timing were not agreed by the parties.”

Early this week, the Troika urged all parties to the conflict to participate in the meeting.

Peace monitors warn of peace deal collapse as fighting rages in Unity State

Juba, November 26, 2015 (SSNA) -- Former Botswana’s President, Festus Mogae, who was chosen in October by the IGAD to head the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) – a body tasked to oversea the implementation of the IGAD-Plus’s compromise agreement, warned that the pact faces imminent collapse if action is not taken.

The JMEC head added that he is concerned about the intensification of fighting in the oil-rich Unity state.

The warning comes as world leaders raise concerns over the failure by South Sudan’s leaders to form a unity government as required by the peace agreement.

Mogae said he is also worries about repeated fighting between South Sudan’s warring factions, adding that the implementation of the power-sharing deal is being threatened by the continuous armed clashes.

“The agreement offers the way forward for a peaceful South Sudan, I urge the parties to accelerate the implementation process,” Mogae told reporters in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

Mogae is in Juba to chair a meeting tomorrow. The conference is designed to start the implementation of the pact.

A deal to stop the nearly two-year old civil war was brokered by the IGAD-Plus in August, raising hope for peace to return to South Sudan.

The pact also calls for the establishment of a transitional government within 90 days.

However, the two rival groups didn't meet the dateline, casting doubts whether or not the agreement will stick.

The United Nations (UN) said “grave violations” have been committed by the rival forces and urges both sides to show leadership.

On Wednesday, Troika countries (Norway, UK, and US) raised concerns over lack of peace implementation and warned of serious humanitarian crisis if South Sudanese leaders failed to implement the deal.

More than 2.3 million South Sudanese fled their homes, hundreds of thousands fled to the neighboring countries, and tens of thousands have been killed.

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