This Week in South Sudan – Week 20

Wednesday 18 May

  • About 3000 Ethiopian troops left South Sudanese territory on 15 May. They entered South Sudan following the Murle attacks on Gambella in April.

Thursday 19 May

  • The SPLM (IO) claimed it will register as an independent party if the Arusha Reunification Agreement of May 2015 is not respected.
  • The two directors of the National Security Service, External Affairs Director Thomas Duoth and Internal Affairs Director Akol Koor, failed to appear in high court. The two men have been summoned to court to testify as witnesses in the case against presidential staff accused of embezzlement.
  • The Minister of Information in the proposed Lol State, Francis Bok denied reports of clashes between the SPLA (IO) and the Sudanese rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM); as well as their presence in Western Bahr el Ghazal. JEM also dismissed these reports.
  • The Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) has again suspended the discussion over finding a resolution on cantonment of rival forces. Meanwhile, the SPLA (IO) dismissed speculations that they would abandon demands on cantonment areas for their forces in the Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal regions.

Friday 20 May

  • Up to 56 of the kidnapped children from Gambella, has been returned to the government of Ethiopia.

Sunday 22 May

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