South Sudan

BREAKING: Heavy Gunfire Erupts in South Sudan


treat geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Sources told Chimpreports on Friday that loud explosions were heard in Gabaat and Wedakona in Monyo County, more about Upper Nile State as rebels resisted an offensive by SPLA.

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Both parties did not immedeately respond to our requests for comments.

The fighting comes at a time when President Salva Kiir is expected to meet Machar in Ethiopia under the auspices of IGAD as part of a wider arrangement to form a coalition government.

Government negotiators leave Juba for Addis Ababa today morning.

We are yet to confirm Kiir’s presence in Ethiopia but officials said he would travel during this week.

Machar and his delegation are already stationed in Addis Ababa and are expected to participate in the opening ceremony of symposium.

Ban warns Kiir, Machar

Early this week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Kiir and Machar to meet on Monday, as agreed to in the 9 May document that aimed to end the fighting in the world’s newest country.

In a telephone call with President Kiir, Mr. Ban expressed “grave concern” about ongoing hostilities and called for an “immediate” end to all military operations, his spokesperson said.

Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May, to agree to end fighting after the 23 January Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities failed to stem what is now a six-month-old conflict.

As part of the May agreement, the two South Sudanese officials agreed to meet on a monthly basis to review progress in the implementation of the accord.

The fighting, which has already uprooted over one million people, including 75,000-80,000 civilians who have sought safety at UN peacekeeping bases around the country, continues.

Mr. Ban urged the President to meet with Mr. Machar to “reach an agreement on substantive issues, including transitional arrangements,” the spokesperson said.

He also called on President Kiir to extend his full support to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the implementation of its new mandate, as set out by the Security Council at the end of last month.

The new mandate extends the work of UNMISS until 30 November of this year, and gives priority to protecting civilians and to addressing the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the nation in recent months.

The head of UNMISS, Hilde F. Johnson, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her post in July. No replacement has yet been announced.

Subsequently, Mr. Ban also spoke with Mr. Machar by telephone.

He deplored the grave humanitarian situation in the country and reiterated the need for both parties to abide by these agreements and end all military operations immediately.


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