This Week in South Sudan – Week 48

Monday 24 November

  • The National Assembly in South Sudan’s capital Juba did not go for recess as previously planned, but instead remains on call to be briefed on the status of the peace talks in Ethiopia.
  • Unity state authorities praised the SPLA-in-Opposition for their recent move to open humanitarian corridors in the state and allowing movement of civilians.
  • South Sudan’s government accused Sudan of violating South Sudanese airspace, calling it an act of intrusion and a “serious violation” of international law; Khartoum later denied the allegations.
  • Abyei community are determined to push ahead with a campaign that seeks global recognition of the October 2013 referendum result, in which Ngok Dinka residents voted overwhelmingly to join South Sudan.

Tuesday 25 November

  • The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend UMMISS’ mandate in South Sudan until 30 May 2015.
  • South Sudan’s U.N. Ambassador, Francis Deng, warned the UN Security Council that imposed sanctionscould “harden positions toward confrontation rather than cooperation.”

Wednesday 26 November

Thursday 27 November

Friday 28 November

  • UNMISS declined a written request by East African IGAD peace mediators to transport commanders from the SPLM-In-Opposition to a consultative conference at Pagak, Upper Nile State.

Saturday 29 November

Sunday 30 November

  • A South Sudanese foreign ministry official denied disowning remarks of President Salva Kiir earlier in the week, in which the latter criticized former UNMISS chief, Hilde Johnson.
  • President Salva Kiir is concerned about the proposed international financial sanctions on members of his government, and has tasked seven cabinet ministers to lobby against them.

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