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Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced approximately $25 million assistance in response to deteriorating situation in South Sudan

PRESS RELEASE
Embassy of Japan in South Sudan
14 January 2014

January 14, 2014 (SSNA) -- On 14 January, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his speech made during his visit to Ethiopia following Cote d'Ivoire and Mozambique, announced that Japan is preparing to implement immediate assistance amounting to approximately $25 million to respond to the deteriorating situation in South Sudan. Among the assistance, about $20 million is planned to be utilised in response to the urgent appeal made by the United Nations on 31 December 2013 (Response Plan). The assistance is expected to cover the most pressing humanitarian needs stipulated in the Plan, such as food and nutrition, health, water and sanitation, protection, logistics and refugees.

Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan Takeshi Akamatsu said, "Japan has been gravely concerned over the dire humanitarian situation throughout South Sudan. We in this connection commend the dedicated work of the United Nations and the wider humanitarian community. Our assistance, expressed by Prime Minister Abe and responding to United Nations' urgent call, should contribute to improving the difficult situation that many South Sudanese civilians have been facing".

As stated by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in his statement on 24 December, Japan reiterates its strong appeal to all parties concerned to end the violence and resolve the issue through dialogue. Japan supports the efforts made by relevant countries and institutions, particularly the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), towards a peaceful resolution of the situation and calls on the parties of South Sudan to sincerely respond to the efforts.

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About Prime Minister Abe's visit to Africa, please refer to:

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html (including the full text of his speech "Japan's Diplomacy towards Africa: Strengthening Each Individual, One by One")

For more information, please contact:

Hisako Ishizaki, First Secretary, Economic Cooperation Section, Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Shojiro Nishimura, First Secretary, Political/Economic Sections, Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, mobile: +211-(0)956481145, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

South Sudan’s Rebels Recapture Malakal as Peace Talks Continue

Malakal, January 14, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces loyal to the South Sudanese Former vice President Dr. Riek Machar, have recaptured Makalal from the government troops.

The rebels seized the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile State late Tuesday, the South Sudan News Agency has learned. The SPLA defected forces attacked Malakal in the early hours of Tuesday and took full control of the city on Tuesday evening.

Reliable sources told the SSNA that at least 90 government soldiers have taken refuge in the United Nations compound, UNMISS. The number of casualties on both sides is unknown.

Efforts to try to get the government’s reaction on the seizure of Malakal went unrequited. However, source close to the SPLA Division 7 in Upper Nile State said the rebels still fighting government troops in some pockets of the city.

Meanwhile, rebels' military spokesman Brigadier-General Lul Ruai Koang confirmed the recapture of the Malakal saying it was “an intense three days of fighting”.

On the 15th of December 2013, fighting erupted at about 10:00pm; between different units of presidential guards just one day after deep political disagreement between senior members of the ruling Sudan people liberation Movement (SPLM) party. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the conflict and many more are still missing.

Fierce fighting between rebels and government soldiers is still continuing in Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei States.

The two warring factions have sent delegations to Ethiopia in an attempt to try to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Fighting in Upper Nile, SPLA Division 7 Commander Ambush

Malakal, January 12, 2014 (SSNA) -- Fighting broke out on Saturday in one of SPLA’s barracks located around the Upper Nile State capital, Malakal. The skirmish took place in Doleib, one of the SPLA’s garrisons located south of Malakal.

Sources close to the SPLA told the South Sudan News Agency that the fighting began when some soldiers within Doleib battalion switched their allegiance from President Salva Kiir to the Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

Meanwhile, the Commander of the Seventh Division, Lt. General Johnson Gony Biliu was ambushed by the rebels on Saturday evening. The surprise attack happened just outside Baliet County. His driver and some of his Bodyguards were killed in the trap; his whereabouts is unknown as some reports suggest he may have been wounded in the assault.

However, a well placed source inside the SPLA Division 7 confirmed that the ambush took place on a road near Baliet but denied that the General was wounded.

“Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony was traveling with his convoy when unexpectedly rebels came out of nowhere and started firing at their vehicles, he [Johnson Gony] is alive and well”, the source said.

“Those who want to kill him with their tongues should keep their bad words to themselves”, the source continues.

In another development, sources inside the United Nations compound just outside Malakal confirmed to the SSNA that the Governor of the oil-rich Upper State, Simon Kun Puoch, is now a resident of the UNMISS.

“The Governor is right here with us, I even know his block number”, Peter Gatriey told the SSNA.

In a surprise contention, a senior state government official explained the presence of the Governor in the United Nations compound as “routine”, asserting that any state Governor can go to UNMISS, and discribed an Eyewitness's statement as “nonsense”.

What impelled the Governor to take refuge at the UN compound is yet to be determined.

But Peter added that an imminent rebels’ attack on the state capital could be the reason behind the Governor’s decision to take refuge at the UNMISS.

Rebels advance toward Malakal

Residents of Malakal have left the city for the United Nations compound due to a looming attack by the rebel forces.

Reports suggest that rebels are moving toward Malakal from different directions and their main goal is to retake the town from the government soldiers.

Fighting erupted in Juba on the 15th of December 2013, between different units of presidential guards just one day after senior members of the ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) party walked out of the National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting on December 14; calling the process as “undemocratic”.

Heavy fighting between rebel forces and government troops is still ongoing in Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile States.

Peace talks are underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. But, the two warring factions are trading political blows in what appear to be a set-back for the peace efforts

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