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US calls for political talks in South Sudan

Dec 24 2013, 11:12pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

Washington, Dec 25 — The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State...

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US calls for political talks in South Sudan

Dec 24 2013, 11:12pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

Washington, Dec 25 — The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, is in the South Sudanese capital Juba to secure final commitment from Kiir and Machar to begin talks that could begin "in the coming days", Xinhua quoted State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki as saying in the statement Tuesday.

Kiir said he was ready to begin talks with Machar "without preconditions" to end the current crisis in South Sudan, Booth told reporters Monday.

Deadly clashes have escalated in South Sudan since Dec 15, following what Kiir's government claimed was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to Machar, who was dismissed in July.

"The US urges all parties in the crisis in South Sudan to implement an immediate cessation of hostilities," Psaki said.

An end to hostilities will offer critical humanitarian access to people in dire need and open a space for a mediated political dialogue between the opposing sides, she added.

The US also warns the leaders of South Sudan that those who seek to take or hold power by violence will not have US support and may violate international law, according to the statement.

The US moved additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa Monday to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from South Sudan.

A defence official told reporters that the extra forces moved to Djibouti would bring the total US troops in the region to 150, with 10 aircraft. Of those forces, about 45 US Army troops are in South Sudan providing security.

The US State Department said Sunday some 380 US officials and citizens as well as about 300 citizens of other countries had been airlifted out of South Sudan.

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As Talks Stall, South Sudan Conflict Grinds to Stalemate

Jul 21 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: World Politics Review

Seven months after fighting broke out between the government of South Sudan and anti-government forces, the civil war is at a stalemate. Unlike its early days, when cities changed hands multiple times, the status quo has largely held since May. Despite several agreements signed by both sides, negotiations in neighboring Ethiopia have not led to a resolution of the conflict or a way out of the crisis. ...
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UN envoy Princess Haya meets South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia

Jul 15 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

She was unprepared for the suffering among refugees from South Sudan who are streaming across the border into Ethiopia at nearly 1,0 ...
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Monkey Cage: How civilians protect themselves nonviolently during mass killings

Jul 15 2014 12:56pm CDT | Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post

International interventions in mass killing episodes often fail to adequately protect civilians.  The UNMISS peacekeeping operation in South Sudan is a case in point. Bureaucratic, political, and financial constraints consistently inhibit the deployment of well-staffed interventions, and often prohibit them outright.  Therefore, many civilians must survive without external assistance, but we know surprisingly little about how this ...
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U.S. official wants more aid for refugees flowing into Ethiopia

Jul 13 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

Anne Richard was shocked by the stories refugees told about their escape from the conflict in South Sudan; they are arriving in Ethiopia at the rate ...
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UNHCR seeks massive boost in funding for South Sudan refugees

Jul 10 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

A total of $658 million is needed to help the 715,000 refugees expected to flee from South Sudan by the end of the year – double the refugee total fores ...
Source: UN High Commission on Refugees   Full article at: UN High Commission on Refugees
 

 
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2 weeks ago

US sending $22 million more to aid South Sudan

Jul 10 2014 11:29am CDT | Source: Townhall's

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending an additional $22 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees and people displaced by the violence in... ...
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6 weeks ago

With Eye on Oil, China Raises Security Profile in South Sudan

Jun 16 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: World Politics Review

China has agreed to deploy additional peacekeepers to South Sudan, significantly raising its security profile there. With the failure of two cease-fires in South Sudan’s six-month-long conflict, China has committed a brigade of 850 soldiers to the U.N. peacekeeping mission, bringing the force’s total deployment to roughly 20,000. The move reinforces a shift for China, ...
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6 weeks ago

Food shortages trigger truancy in South Sudan camps

Jun 10 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

Though community leaders have been approached by UNHCR about regular school attendance, the resp ...
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7 weeks ago

China takes more assertive line in South Sudan diplomacy

Jun 4 2014 7:05pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Drazen Jorgic JUBA (Reuters) - China is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help res ...
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8 weeks ago

UNHCR, WFP reassure Maban refugees over food shortage

Jun 1 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

The agencies' heads in South Sudan meet with refugee leaders and reassure them of efforts to restore their monthly food rations ami ...
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