This Week in South Sudan – Week 34

Monday 22 August

  • South Sudan’s new First Vice President (FVP), Taban Deng Gai, met with Sudanese senior officials and President Omar al-Bashir to discuss outstanding issues following the 2011 independence during his first official trip to Khartoum. The parties later reached an agreement over security, border issues, and transitional financial arrangements.
  • US Secretary of State, John Kerry called for a speedy deployment of the newly approved regional protection force, while simultaneously threatening to cut US aid if the warring parties fails to halt the spiralling violence. He also claimed the appointment of FVP Taban Deng Gai was “legal” under the provisions of the 2015 peace agreement.

Tuesday 23 August

  • Government sources allege that about 275 people were killed, during clashes in the town of town of Pajut, Jonglei state last week.

Wednesday 24 August

  • SPLM (IO) leader, Riek Machar is said to have arrived in Khartoum for medical treatment after an agreement with the UN, according to Sudanese officials.
  • Reportedly, armed and unarmed opposition groups and political parties had a three-day opposition meeting in Nairobi.

Thursday 25 August

  • The South Sudanese cabinet has proposed a SSP 29.6 Bn. budget for the 2016/2017 financial year, amounting to a 187 per cent rise from last years budget.
  • The Guardian: “’We just want to live’ – on the road with South Sudan’s refugees”

Friday 26 August

  • The Government of South Sudan is seeking assurance from other regional countries that Riek Machar, will be unable to use their respective territories to stage hostile activities.
  • Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny denied US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that the Government of South Sudan had accepted the deployment of 4,000 regional troops in Juba.

Saturday 27 August

  • Al Jazeera Inside Story: “When will peace come to South Sudan?”
  • Al Jazeera: “One year after peace deal, South Sudan ‘worse off’”

Sunday 28 August

  • The chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae, said he and other diplomats support the disputed appointment of the new FVP Taban Deng Gai, because they “don’t have an option.”
  • IGAD said Riek Machar must ‘reclaim’ his position in the transitional unity government in the country as the legitimate First Vice President. Simultaneously, the regional body has signaled recognizing Taban Deng Gai as the First Vice President, saying he is “naturally accommodated” by provisions in the Agreement to Resolve Conflict In Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

Monday 29 August

  • The Government of South Sudan seeks USD $300 million in external support through aid and loans in order to support its next budget.
  • Foreign Policy: “S. Congressman to South Sudan: Implement Zero Tolerance on Rape or Face the Consequences”

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