This Week in South Sudan – Week 5

Monday 1 February

Tuesday 2 February

Wednesday 3 February

  • Sudan and South Sudan agreed to peg the crude oil pipeline fee to the prevailing crude oil prices, a move away from a the previous fixed fee. In a second accord South Sudan promise to sell 28,000 barrel of crude oil per day to Sudan.
  • SPLM (IO) leader Riek Machar visited Egypt at the invitation of President Abdel Fattah El Sissi to discuss the further implementation of the August peace deal.
  • South Sudanese army soldiers from Abyei, who defected to join the Sudan People’s Liberation-North (SPLM-N) rebels last week, have allegedly returned and joined the SPLA
  • The government accused the SPLA (IO) of besieging Bentiu in Unity State.
  • Voice of America, 30 minute video broadcast: “South Sudan in Focus”

Thursday 4 February

  • The parliament passed the Non-Governmental Organizations bill restricting the number of foreign aid workers operating in South Sudan. It must still be signed by President Salva Kiir to pass into law.
  • Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir announced the resumption of river transport with South Sudan ending a four-year halt imposed by Khartoum over security concerns and accusations of support to rebel groups.

Friday 5 February

Saturday 6 February

Monday 8 February

  • The UN says 40,000 people in South Sudan are on the brink of a food shortage catastrophe. The number of food insecure people expected to peak between April and June when food availability is at its lowest.
  • Deutsche Welle: “Pressure mounts on South Sudan rivals”

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