December 17, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese presidential assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour, discussed on Wednesday with the leader of the former rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM-Dabago), Bakheit Abdallah Dabago, the completion of the political partnership within the framework of the Doha peace accord (DDPD).
In April 2013, the breakaway group inked a peace agreement negotiated with the Sudanese government on the basis of the DDPD.
December 17, 14 (BOR) – Child abductions and cattle rustling have resumed between the Dinka Bor and Murle ethnic groups in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
Both sides continue to trade accusations over who is responsible for the incidents.
The Murle have accused Dinka tribesmen of stealing cattle at gunpoint from Pibor villages bordering Dinka Bor counties.
However, Dinka communities in Bor county accuse their neighbours in the newly created Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA) of stealing cattle a week ago from the Bor village of Kuongo.
December 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – As the civil war in South Sudan enters its second year, the government and rebel delegations are set to resume peace talks in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday.
The resumption of talks comes as forces loyal to South Sudan’s armed opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar launched attacks along the Juba-Nimule road, a rebel’s military spokesman claimed on Tuesday.
IGAD chief negotiator Seyoum Mesfin announced the resumption of the nearly one-year-long process during a press conference on Monday.
December 14, 2014 (JUBA) - Japan will resume its development aid to South Sudan following suspension of its bilateral cooperation at the height of the conflict in the new nation, a diplomat disclosed.
Ambassador Takeshi Akamatsu said his government, after careful consideration, will renew development aid for infrastructural development and humanitarian assistance.
“It’s a great disappointment that Japan was obliged to suspend her cooperation activities due to confusion and insecurity arising from conflict last year,” said Takeshi.
December 14, 2014 (JUBA)- The European Union (EU) has, in response to South Sudan’s rapidly deteriorating health situation, availed €11million to enhance the sector.
Ambassador Stefano De Leo, head of the EU delegation in the country said this during a health policy review workshop it organised in partnership with the health ministry.
“There is an increase in support funds compared to the previous years due to the urgent and fragile situation in the country,” he said.
The EU further pledged commitment to support the health sector.