This Week in South Sudan – Week 10

Wednesday 4 March

Thursday 5 March

  • Allegedly, SPLA (IO) soldiers and forcibly recruited boys moved out from Old Fangak in Jonglei.
  • According to a local official, the SPLA (IO) attacked a SPLA position in the Sere Malaga area, along the border with the disputed Kafia Kinji area.

Friday 6 March

  • The IGAD-led peace talks in Addis Ababa, between the government of South Sudan and the SPLM (IO) ended with no agreement, even after a day’s extension.
  • South Sudan’s rival forces have allegedly threatened an all-out war after the collapse of peace talks.
  • The Bugaya area in Maban County of Upper Nile State has been attacked and a healthcare centre looted and burned.
  • Renk town in Upper Nile state came under renewed artillery fire by the SPLM/A (IO) based on the west bank, according to a local official.
  • A draft of the report from the AU investigation of war crimes in South Sudan was leaked to Reuters. According to the news agency the report calls for President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to be barred from a transitional government and for South Sudan to be placed under AU administration.
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his profound disappointment over the South Sudanese factions’ failure to display statesmanship and reach an agreement.

Saturday 7 March

  • According to a government official, SPLA forces regained full control of Wadakona in Upper Nile state, ending days of intensive fighting with the SPLM/A (IO). The latter claim it carried out a “tactical” withdrawal.
  • The SPLM/A (IO) repeated their demand for the AU to publish the leaked report on crimes committed by the warring parties in South Sudan.
  • The United States strongly condemned what it described as lack of political leadership to resolve South Sudan’s conflict, despite pledges from the warring parties.

Sunday 8 March

  • Lul Ruai Koang, former SPLM/A (IO) spokesperson, claimed to have established a new army known as South Sudan Resistance Army (SSRA) and to be operating in his home area of Greater Akobo (Lou Nuer).
  • PRIO Global Fellow, Luka Biong Deng: What next after the final South Sudan Peace Talks?


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