UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during recent violence in Juba. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UN mission culminated in a “chaotic and ineffective response” during […]

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba – a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future. Leader Riek Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO party issued a statement saying their forces would reorganize […]

South Sudan rejects new UN resolution approving additional troops

South Sudan rejects new UN resolution approving additional troops

South Sudan’s government has rejected the deployment of 4,000 additional UN peacekeeping troops shortly after the UN Security Council approved a robust new mandate in a late Friday vote. The rejection followed the authorisation of a resolution granting expanded powers to peacekeepers, requiring them to use “all necessary means” to protect UN personnel and installations […]

South Sudan’s president replaces rival deputy Machar amid fears of new civil war

South Sudan’s president replaces rival deputy Machar amid fears of new civil war

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar, a move that could potentially undermine last year’s peace deal and reignite war in Africa’s youngest nation. Kiir said he appointed General Taban Deng to the post of “first vice president of the republic of South Sudan”, according to a […]

South Sudan fighting tops African Union summit agenda

South Sudan fighting tops African Union summit agenda

Renewed fighting in South Sudan that has claimed more than 300 lives dominated discussions at an African Union summit that opened Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali. A shaky ceasefire has held since late Monday following the fighting that raged for four days in Juba, leaving hundreds dead and forcing 40,000 to flee their homes. […]

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

The UN Security Council strongly condemned the renewed violence in South Sudan and called on rival leaders President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to control their forces in a statement unanimously passed after a Sunday meeting. “The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians […]

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Gun battles near South Sudan’s presidential palace and a United Nations base in the capital of Juba broke out on Friday with scores feared dead, once again sparking fears of a return to civil war. President Salva Kiir and his vice president, former rebel leader Riek Machar, were both preparing to address the media at […]