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South Sudan’s armed opposition congratulates the defected General

Addis Ababa, April 11, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Spokesperson for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-IO), Col. Lony T. Ngundeng, has on Saturday congratulated the recently defected SPLA-Juba’s Brig. General, Gatwech Pouch Mar.

Mr. Mar, who deserted the government, joined the rebellion this week.

The SPLA-IO says General Mar defected with his junior officers and branded the move as a “significant step” to the right direction.

“Congratulations on our nationalist leader General Gatwech Puoch; today the office for spokesperson for SPLA-IO would like to register its thanks for the significant step that has been taken by our incoming general. His brilliant decision to join the movement with his junior officers is of extra high importance to us,” a statement released by the SPLA-IO Spokesman office said.

Col. Lony said his office is not surprised to see Gatwech joining the rebel forces, saying the General cannot tolerate the suffering of his people under Kiir’s government.

“General Gatwech who was transferred to Division 5 in Bahr el Ghazal where he served for few months being one of South Sudanese patriotic leaders, thereafter, he could not tolerate the suffering of our people therefore today it is not a surprise for the movement SPLM/A/IO to declare himself so we receive him wholeheartedly,” the statement added.

Brig. General Gatwech Puoch Mar is a brother of current Governor of Upper Nile State, Kun Puoch Mar.

Experts unveil a plan to hold discussion on South Sudan’s Crisis, Root Causes, and Approaches for Resolution next week in Washington, DC

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, April 2, 2015 (SSNA) -- A Group of Experts comprises of South Sudanese, Academicians and International Activists have disclosed to hold a panel discussion on current South Sudan’s crisis. “Its Root Cause and Approach for Resolution would dominate the discussion.” Nhial Chuol Tut, one of the organizers said online from Washington, DC.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Apr 8 2015 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 SIS, Abramson Family Founder's Room.

The organizers said that the focus discussion would penetrate and exhaust the burning points that amount to root cause with serious brainstorming. The discussion will also witness some well-known and recognized South Sudanese tough Activists and former politicians with join presentation from International Activists. The speakers will include: Hon. Sophia Pal Gai - Former Member of South Sudan's Parliament, Hon. Agnes Nyoka - Former Member of South Sudan's Parliament and Activist, Dr. Joseph Deng Malual - Social Worker for South Sudan's "Lost Boys", Omer Ismail - Senior Policy Advisor at Enough Project while Meghan Stewart - Vice President of Public International Law & Policy Group will moderated the event.

The report published on Nyamilepedia on March 31, 2015 quoted that, a list of retired senior military leaders, mostly former major and brigadier generals of U.S army, including the former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry Shelton, call on president Obama, Ambassador Rice and Secretary John Kerry to step up their efforts to impose sanctions and arms embargo on South Sudan.

 Meanwhile, US President Obama stated in an executive order seen by Medias that he is determining to ensure safety in South Sudan. “In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 of April 3, 2014, with respect to South Sudan is to continue in effect beyond April 3, 2015.” Barrack said in his statement.

Since December 2013, over 1 million have been forcibly displaced and over 20,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in the country's newest conflict with failed mediated peace process by regional block ‘IGAD’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The highly awaited event will deliberately pin point the dangers commitment by warring factions on innocent civilians, root cause of the conflict and its resolution that would recommend the inclusion of peaceful settlement.

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary added that “The situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States," the report partly read.

American University and Creative Peace Initiatives are jointly organizing the event in Washington, DC.

The White House declares South Sudan’s civil war a ‘national security threat’

Washington, DC, March 31, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United States’ President, Barack Obama, on Tuesday signed an Executive Order 13664, saying South Sudan’s raging civil war poses a direct threat to US’s national security and foreign policy. Obama decided to extend US’s national emergency of April 2014 beyond April 2015 so that the US can deal with South Sudan’s mounting problems.

The order comes more than fifteen months after fighting broke out in Mid-December of 2013.

In the document, Obama ordered US national emergency to deal with threat poses by the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. The US leader also stressed that the war in South Sudan has created instability for the surrounding region including widespread atrocities and human rights related issues.  

“I declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations,” the order reads in part.

The Executive Order, which will be published in the US’s Federal Register and transmits to the American Congress, explicitly labels South Sudan’s armed conflict as a threat to the US interests.

“The situation in and in relation to South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, to deal with that threat must continue in effect beyond April 3, 2015,” the document added.

The US presidential order appears to be indicating that the Obama administration is closer to take action. However, it is not clear what actions Obama will take to restore peace in the war-wracked nation.

On March 5, IGAD-led peace talks between South Sudan’s warring factions collapsed in Ethiopia after President Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar failed to agree on power sharing, security arrangements, among others.

On Tuesday, South Sudanese information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth announced that Juba does not want Troika countries (US, UK, and Norway) to be part of future South Sudan’s peace negotiations. But Minister Lueth failed to provide any reason as to why his government wants Troika out of the talks.

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