This Week in South Sudan – 15-22 Dec.

Monday 15 December

Tuesday 16 December          

  • At least 19 people were confirmed dead and 25 people wounded during inter-clan revenge clashes in Lakes state, Cueibet County.
  • According to a new IGAD report, the SPLA Juba violated the cessation of hostilities agreement twice over the past month.

Wednesday 17 December

Thursday 18 December

  • A spokesperson for the SPLM-IO refuted earlier statements by SPLM-IO military spokesman, Lul Ruai’s claiming responsibility for attacking a trade convoy on Nimule-Juba road.
  • IGAD led peace talks resume in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Tensions flare between the Dinka Bor in Jonglei state and the Murle of the newly created Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA).

Friday 19 December

  • Recent report by the Human Rights division of UNMISS says civilians were targeted and serious human rights abuses were committed by the SPLM-IO during an attack on Bentiu, Unity state, in October.

Saturday 20 December

  • South Sudan President Salva Kiir, sent the disputed National Security Bill back to Parliament for further deliberation after legal experts found irregularities in it.

Sunday 21 December

  • South Sudan economy under threat from plummeting oil prices.

Monday 22 December

  • Calm amid fear as residents of Bentiu, Unity state, tries to regain some sense of normalcy.
  • China National Petroleum Co (CNPC) has entered into an agreement with South Sudan to boost production of existing oilfields.
  • IGAD peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, restarted just last week, have been adjourned until 2015 so participants do not “spoil their Christmas season and the New Year season.”

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