This Week in South Sudan – Week 8

Tuesday 17 February

Wednesday 18 February

  • British aid worker killed by unknown gunman within the Carter Center’s compound in Juba.
  • South Sudan’s interior minister, Aleu Ayieny Aleu announced plans to train some 5,000 new police officers to quell ongoing insecurity in Rumbek, Lakes state, as well as some 5000 youth from neighbouring Warrap state.
  • The African Union voiced their concern over recent killings and abductions, as well as raiding of livestock in the Abyei area.
  • The SPLM signed a document agreeing to end the “status of exile” imposed on members of the SPLM-G10 faction within two weeks.

Thursday 19 February

Friday 20 February

  • Foreign Policy Magazine – argument by Peter Biar Ajak: ‘A second chance for South Sudan.’
  • Lul Ruai Koang, military spokesman and one of the lead negotiators for the SPLM/A (IO), defected earlier this week due to concerns about the movement’s leadership; unclear what consequences this will bring.    
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the UN Security Council claiming  there has been ‘no tangible progress’ in setting up the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
  • The SPLA is responsible for 97% of all violations of the UN status-of-forces agreement in South Sudan since November, including incidents of detention, harassment and assault, according to the same UN Secretary General report.

Sunday 22 February

  • Unidentified gunmen raided a school near Malakal, Upper Nile state and abducted at least 89 boys.
  • Following a 2-day conference in Juba, attended by representatives from all the 64 ethnic groups in South Sudan, a resolution supporting federalism was passed.

Monday 23 February

  • The governor of Western Equatoria state denied claims that a new rebellion under the command of Major Lasuba Lodoru has emerged.
  • South Sudan’s warring parties resume peace talks in Addis Ababa, in what mediators have said will be the last round of negotiations.

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