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Troika accuses South Sudan’s rivals of “ignoring the suffering of their people”

Washington, DC, February 7, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Troika’s countries, namely the United States of America, Norway, and the United Kingdom released a joint statement expressing their disappointment over the failure of peace talks between South Sudan’s warring factions in Ethiopia.

“The members of the Troika are profoundly disappointed by South Sudan’s leaders’ failure to reach a comprehensive peace deal at recent talks,” the Troika said.

The five members’ bloc also accuses President Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar of pursuing their own interests over the suffering people of South Sudan.

“Ignoring the untold suffering of their people, South Sudan’s leaders have refused to make the necessary compromises to reach a peace agreement for the people of South Sudan who deserve and expect nothing less,” Troika added.

Peace negotiations collapsed on February 1st after Kiir and Machar failed to reach an agreement over power sharing. The two leaders were only able to sign a deal which allows them to conduct future peace talks.

Lou Nuer warns Uganda, South Sudan of bloody end, vows ‘merciless defense’

Waat, February 7, 2015 (SSNA) -- A group calling itself the leadership of Lou Nuer in the Republic of South Sudan has announced that they have tangible evidences which show Uganda and South Sudan have prepared their military forces and ready to attack Lou Nuer areas at any time.

The statement which bears the signature of the Leadership of Lour Nuer in South Sudan and seen by the South Sudan News Agewncy (SSNA) warns Kampala and Juba of serious consequences. The document also promises Kampala and Juba of what it describes as a merciless defense.

“Let the Genocidal Salva Kiir and his accomplice Yoweri Museveni attack us, we are more than ready and well prepare to teach them a lesson they will never forget. This is going to be a bloody end for them and they must know it before their death-sentence mission,” the statement reads in part.

“We are ready for a merciless defense,” the declaration warns.

The document also asks soldiers of the two countries to think before they set foot in the Lou Nuer land and calls on the international community to be aware of Juba-Kampala actions.

“We have been monitoring the forces of Kiir and his Ugandan father since Mid-December of last year, they tried to attack our areas three times before but they failed to show up because they know what is waiting for them,” the statement added.

The leadership of Lou Nuer in South Sudan also calls on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union (AU), Troika countries, and the United Nations (UN) to be aware of Museveni and Kiir actions.

Ugadan troops have been fighting alongside SPLA forces loyal to South Sudan's President, Salva kiir Mayardiiit.

On November 5, 2014 the SSNA obtained a carefully designed wide-raging Ugandan military war plan against South Sudan’s rebels. In the text, the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) asked South Sudan’s rebels to either surrender or be wiped out.

The presence of Uganda military in South Sudan angers rebel forces, with Uganda President Museveni refusing to withdraw its soldiers claiming that South Sudanese President Kiir has asked Kampala for a military protection.

UN warns of looming food crisis in South Sudan

Juba, February 6, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has warned that South Sudan food insecurity is going to get worse by the end of next month unless something is done.

The warning comes as South Sudan’s civil war enters its second year.

The world body, UN, said that Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei states are the hard-hit areas, adding that lack of cultivation has also contributed to shortage of food productions.

“Missed crop cycles in conflict-ravaged parts of the country mean we’re now expecting household food stocks in the worst-affected counties to run out by March 2015 – much earlier than in a normal year,” Sue Lautze, the FAO Representative in South Sudan said in a statement.

Lautze suggests that continuation of humanitarian aid and investments in local economies could minimize the hunger, perhaps contribute to the recovery of the overall economy.

“We have to continue to invest on two tracks: one, provide humanitarian aid to prevent the most affected areas from sliding into greater crisis and, two, boost food production and local economies in the more stable areas, so they can support recovery in other parts of the country,” Lautze added.

The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people are already facing food shortage and another 3.9 million people have foods that could only last for months.

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