JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Three Western countries on Thursday
called on South Sudan’s warring parties to make concessions
during the next round of peace talks slated for Monday in
The United States,
Norway and Britain which are members of the Troika (peace deal
guarantors) said to achieve a sustainable peace, no party to
the conflict can have undue influence or a veto on the
process, including the government.
“All parties must
engage sincerely and make concessions in the national
interest; otherwise, the conflict and suffering will
continue,” said the peace guarantors.
Authority on Development (IGAD) will convene the High-Level
Revitalization Forum (HLRF) for the Agreement on the
Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan on Dec. 18 in Addis
nations said IGAD’s ability to solve this crisis depends on
unity of purpose amongst its members, and called on regional
countries to speak with one voice.
“As the Troika has
previously stated, the HLRF and its outcome must be genuinely
inclusive and reflect the political reality of South Sudan
today,” they said.
The Troika vowed
to stand with IGAD in its efforts to make progress toward
peace and effective implementation of the Agreement and warned
of severe action against those who obstruct the process.
countries stressed that the peace forum is a unique and
critical opportunity to make progress towards peace.
humanitarian, economic, security, human rights and political
situation continue to deteriorate with devastating
consequences for the people of South Sudan.
Troika, over half the population now lack enough food to feed
themselves and a third of the population have fled their
homes, causing the largest refugee crisis in Africa.
“This situation is
intolerable to the region and the international community. It
cannot continue,” they said, and called on the government to
adhere to its repeated public and private commitments to
participate in the peace forum in good faith, and with the
immediate goal of stopping the fighting.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political
dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy
turned rebel chief Riek Machar led to split within the SPLA,
leaving soldiers to fight alongside ethnic lines.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the conflict was weakened after outbreak of
renewed fighting in July 2016 caused the SPLA-in opposition
rebel leader Machar to flee the capital.
Security Council extends
mandate of UN mission in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The Security Council on Thursday unanimously
adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Mission
in South Sudan (UNMISS) for three months as a technical
rollover to allow for the completion of a strategic review of
the UN mission.
Council also adopted a presidential statement on South Sudan,
expressing deep concern about the political, security,
humanitarian, human rights, and economic situation in the
The council is
deeply concerned about the actions of the parties to the
conflict that are perpetuating the dire situation, with 7.6
million people now in need of aid, 4 million displaced, and 6
million lacking enough food to feed themselves, says the
Council deplored that the parties have failed to honor their
commitments to a cease-fire and to allowing the unhindered
delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
It took note of
the cease-fire initiative by the South Sudanese government,
called on the government to adhere to its cease-fire, and
urged the opposition to reciprocate.
Council strongly urged all parties to engage constructively in
an African-led process to revitalize peace.
condemned all instances of attacks against civilians and the
military use of hospitals and schools, and recalled that the
UNMISS mandate includes monitoring, investigating, verifying,
and reporting on abuses and violations of human rights and
violations of international humanitarian law, including those
that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.
It reiterated that
perpetrators of violations of international humanitarian law
and violations and abuses of human rights must be held
accountable, in order to break the prevailing cycle of
Shortly after its
independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan plunged into
civil war. Up to 300,000 people are estimated to have been
killed since late 2013. More than 1.5 million people having
fled to neighboring countries, more are internally displaced.
South Sudan commend WTO move
to speed up its accession
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Thursday lauded the decision by
World Trade Organization (WTO) to form a working party
committee that will pave way for the country’s final accession
to the global trade body.
Mawien Makol, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, said the development
was a major achievement that will help boost trade through
easing of tariffs on imports to the war-torn country.
“It is a major
achievement and very significant for South Sudan to be part of
WTO. We will be engaged in trade, it will also help ease
tariffs on our imports,” he told Xinhua in Juba of the
decision at the just concluded 11th Ministerial
Conference of WTO in Argentina.
Sudan imports 98 percent of its goods and services through the
East African neighboring countries of Uganda, Sudan and Kenya.
Makol also hailed
Kenya’s support at the Dec. 10-13 WTO conference in Buenos
Aires as it proved crucial in speeding up the accession
process of South Sudan which still enjoys observer status.
“We have good
relations with Kenya and their support is crucial to us being
part of WTO,” Makol revealed.
country applied to join the WTO in 2015, and was recipient of
6 million U.S. dollar support from WTO under the Enhance
Integrated Framework, a multi-donor program which helps
least-developed countries in the global trading system.
Akech Chol Ayok,
the Deputy Permanent Representative of South Sudan in Geneva,
said they want to attract foreign direct investment and have
access to international markets as other countries have a
desire to trade with South Sudan which cannot be achieved
without acceding to the WTO.
the Working Party on the Accession of South Sudan, the
Ministerial Conference has encouraged us to keep up the
nation-building efforts. My government stands committed to
undertake the required reforms for WTO accession in accordance
with the principles of the rule of law, transparency, good
governance and respect for human rights,” Ayok said at the WTO
There are 164
members of the WTO representing 84 percent of the 196
countries in the world that enjoy the benefits of greater
international trade conferred by the WTO and also solving
Chinese entrepreneur imparts
IT skills to young South Sudanese
JUBA, Xinhua) --
A Chinese-owned printing business has ushered
some young South Sudanese people into the world of Information
Technology (IT) by imparting new skills that are invaluable in
landing decent jobs in the strife-torn country.
60, came to Juba in September and managed to establish Zhen
Cheng Printing Company Limited, located in downtown Juba.
“I just started
this printing business with a mission to teach young people
up-to-date technical skills that will improve their capacity
in IT,” said Wang, who only speaks Chinese.
should not hinder other successful Chinese businessmen from
visiting South Sudan and create opportunities for local
people, he said.
He told Xinhua in
a recent interview in Juba that his business has employed more
than 10 South Sudanese young people after providing them with
training on IT solutions skills and how to operate Chinese
modern printing equipment.
“Our products and
services include photocopying, scanning, printing of
engineering drawing, PVC plate, brochures, book binding,
receipt book, letterhead, plastic ID cards among other office
printing solutions,” Wang said.
“We imported our
printing equipment from China,” he added. He was born in
Beijing and has worked there for his entire working life in IT
Wang told Xinhua
that he decided not to retire in China because he felt the
need of unwavering desire to support South Sudanese people in
achieving economic recovery and stability.
“I decided not to
retire in China simply because I heard about the suffering of
South Sudanese people. I felt I should come and empower the
youths in South Sudan with entrepreneurial skills,” Wang said.
He noted that
South Sudan has a youth bulge that can be tapped by local and
foreign investors to promote economic growth.
Wang said that his
company strictly adheres to local rules, regulations and
customs and has good working relationship with South Sudanese
citizens despite language barriers.
Bol Nicknora Nyol,
a business manager and translator, said the business has not
only empowered him but also his peers with technical skills
and transformed their lives thanks to decent wages and IT
opportunities provided by his employer.
engineering for four years in Beijing where he learned how to
“As you can see
most of the people who we employed did not know how to operate
these machines from the beginning but we trained them and they
are now able to do so without direct supervision,” Nyol said.
“Even though they
later decided to leave the company, the skills they acquired
here will be very useful to them,” he added.
his colleagues in China to devote their time in learning
Chinese language to help boost South Sudanese and Chinese
“Most of the
Chinese businessmen who come from China face communication
barrier since they are not able to communicate effectively
with the local people. Mastery of the Chinese language is an
added advantage,” Nyol added.
Madhohok, who works as an operator, said he was first trained
on how to handle the sophisticated printing equipment imported
“When I started I
didn’t know how to operate the machine, but now everything is
easy because Wang’s mentorship and guidance helps me a lot,”
He underlined that
he is happy to be Wang’s beneficiary of defied retirement age
and he hopes to learn more relevant skills.