KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- At least 270 troops of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF)
Saturday departed for a rotational peacekeeping mission in Juba,
The contingent is
part of a battalion of 920 troops of the mechanized infantry to
serve under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS),
said Innocent Munyengango, a spokesperson of the ministry of
defence, at an event to see off the troops.
The troops, expected
to serve a one year mission, will serve in the regional
protection force, with a main mandate to protect Juba residents
and their property, Munyengango told reporters at Kigali
International Airport in the capital city of Kigali.
He urged the troops
to maintain discipline in order to meet their mission objective.
Rwanda has over
2,300 UN peacekeeping troops in South Sudan and maintains more
than 6,000 UN peacekeeping troops in various countries including
Sudan and Central African Republic, said RDF last August.
Fifteen killed, eight wounded
in renewed inter-clan fighting in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
At least 15 people have been killed and
eight others wounded following renewed communal fighting in
South Sudan’s Jonglei State on Thursday over a renaming of
contested village, a government official confirmed on Friday.
The renewed clashes
erupted midweek in Kolang Payam of former Bor County, following
last year’s disagreement that left 20 people dead, Jonglei State
Information of Minister Jacob Akech Deng told Xinhua.
clashes happened on Wednesday and drag up to Thursday, leaving
15 dead and wounding eight others on both sides,” Akech said.
The clashes erupted
again over ownership of grazing land and the naming of a
Deng said one group
attacked the other clan in retaliation after the killing in
December last year over the naming of a village.
He said the local
authorities have intervened by deploying heavy security force
along a previous created buffer zone to monitor the violators
and help restore calm in the area.
Deng added that the
regional government has issued stern warnings to the local
chiefs to apprehend perpetrators of the latest round of
“I and the deputy
governor went to the ground this morning to talk to the chiefs
and villagers, and warned them against staging revenge killings
and to ask them to allow the authorities to handle the matter
without loss of lives,” he said.
The Jonglei region
has suffered decades of communal and tribal violence, mainly
caused by rivalry over livestock and grazing land.
At least 22 people
were killed and 18 others wounded in December last year when
members of the Nyara clan and other clans of Abii community
fought over ownership of land in the same area.
South Sudan peace talks
continue on pre-transitional period, other issues
ADDIA ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The second phase of the Revitalization
Forum on South Sudan continued on Friday as South Sudan factions
started talks on the Pre-Transitional Period and National
Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC).
Participants, on the
fifth day of the peace talks, started discussions on points
stated on Article 13 of the Agreement of the Resolution of the
Conflict on South Sudan (ARCSS), which was signed on August
2015, regarding the NCAC.
According to a
statement issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
the peace process is “progressing well,” and parties involved
have started signing the declaration of principles.
parties have on Thursday “made a step forward on issues ranging
from the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the
Council of States, the Judiciary to the Transitional
Institutions and Mechanisms stipulated under Chapter I of
Article 11, 12 and 14 of the Agreement,” the statement said.
They have also
reached consensus on Mandates of the Transitional Government of
National Unity (TGoNU) on the third day of the second phase of
the Revitalization Forum.
The forum, led by
the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), began on
Monday with threats of punitive measures against warring sides
in the background.
descended into violence after a political dispute between
President Salva Kiir and his former deputy-turned rebel chief
Riek Machar led to split in the army, leaving soldiers to fight
alongside ethnic lines.
The 2015 Agreement
of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan, aimed at
ending the conflict, was weakened after the outbreak of renewed
fighting in July 2016 forced rebel leader Machar to flee South