US warns South Sudan leaders on peace deal

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday she will tell South Sudan’s leaders when she visits Juba next month to seize a final chance for peace and quickly revive a political deal to end the three-year war.

President Donald Trump last week announced that Haley, his high-profile ambassador to the United Nations, would travel to South Sudan and to the region to push for an end to conflict.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Haley said peace efforts in South Sudan must show progress in the coming weeks after a 2015 deal backed by the United Nations never took hold.

“This is the last chance at salvaging the peace agreement in South Sudan,” Haley said.

“The different parties to the conflict must use the next several weeks to commit themselves to this process and to conclude it,” she added.

There has been growing impatience with President Salva Kiir as the humanitarian crisis in the country worsens, with 7.6 million people now in need of aid.

In a shift, the African Union last week warned that it will consider sanctions unless there is progress towards a political deal under a new peace drive led by the seven-nation IGAD regional group.

The new initiative, backed by the Security Council, is expected to hold its “revitalization forum” for South Sudan in the coming weeks, in what is shaping up as a test for Juba’s leadership.

UN envoy for South Sudan David Shearer told the council that the “government appears emboldened by its recent military gains, including in some key strongholds of the SPLA in opposition loyal to Riek Machar.”

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes in the conflict that has stirred ethnic rivalries between Dinka, Nuer and other groups.

The war began when Kiir accused Machar, his former deputy, of plotting a coup. Heavy fighting flared in Juba last year when Machar returned to the capital under the terms of the peace deal.

Machar has since been residing in South Africa and regional countries, at the request of the United States, are preventing him from returning to South Sudan.

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  1. Subject: “US warns South Sudan leaders on peace deal”, Sep 27, 2017

    Commentary, 27 Sept 2017
    QUOTE: “US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday she will tell South Sudan’s leaders when she visits Juba next month to seize a final chance for peace and quickly revive a political deal to end the three-year war.” UNQUOTE

    Here is a Good wish to the Good Ambassador: Good Luck and Good interesting visit to Africa and to the wild life of Africa (which the world takes as interesting, much more than the human beings of Africa). As to the ‘work’, reflected on diplomatic working papers, it will be a glaring failure. But then in reality, and in TRUTH, it does not matter. What matters is something else – in practical terms (or reality) it is: ‘scratch my back; I will scratch yours’

    As long as the African Problems are NOT solved by Africans for Africans, international meetings will remain as they were for time immemorial. The truth of the hidden matter in every international meeting involving African affairs is the perpetual denial of the participants about the TRUE nature behind the meetings. To put it CRUDELY, African Meetings are NOT (and were NEVER) for the PEOPLE OF AFRICA. This is a FACT that must be admitted. The REAL PRACTICAL reason of the meetings is only to find ‘reasonable’ accommodation to the NEEDS of the Protagonists i.e. The African Dictators’ insatiable desire for money and power and the opposing foreign entities’ ambitions for their own refined exploitation as opposed to the crude force of colonialism of yesteryears.

    In all the above diabolical scheme, the African down trodden people are not part [and were never part] of the equation (bargaining). And so, mere existence of the African people will go on, and on, and on forever, roaming around the Globe, with their infant children, as despicable poor refugees begging for crumbs of breads.

    With the above background the so-called international meetings on Africa is only cruel bogus (if not criminal in the norms of “civilized” Justice).

    CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA.

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