UNITAMS chief calls for financial support to implement peace in Sudan

Volker Perthes, Head of UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) called for international financial support to implement the peace agreement and provide security to civilians.Perthes briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement and the ongoing democratic reforms carried by the transitional government.He told the 15-member body that despite some progress since his last briefing in May, the country continues to be…

Violence still hits underrepresented women even after Sudan’s revolution

Sudanese women are considerably affected by violence in the Darfur region and still underrepresented in the transitional government institutions, a Sudanese activist told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.Hala al-Karib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, briefed the Council on the situation of women in Sudan after the ouster of the former repressive regime in April 2019.Al-Karbi who is actively involved in the…

Kiir not against implementation of peace agreement: minister

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir is not the problem with the implementation of the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, a government official said.Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Presidential Affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin blamed the slow implementation of the peace deal on the economic situation and "reluctance" by key members of international community to support the implementation of key provisions of the peace accord.“Let me tell you that the president…

UN mission responding to evolving needs in Sudan transition process

Volker Perthes, head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), briefed on the authorities’ efforts to address violence in the volatile Darfur region and the east, the ongoing economic crisis, and other issues.Measures have included the launch of an initiative to shape consensus around key objectives such as military and security sector reform, the economy, justice and peace.“There is also growing momentum to move forward on the…

Sudan rejects UN proposed-benchmarks for lifting Darfur sanctions

Sudan rejected four benchmarks proposed by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council to assess the situation in Darfur before deciding on the lift of the weapon embargo on the western Sudan region.The UN Security Council Last February, requested the Secretary-General to assess the situation in Darfur and to recommend benchmarks that can serve for reviewing the individual sanctions and weapon embargo on Darfur imposed in March 2005.On 31 July,…

South Sudan foreign minister urges collective responsibility

South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs minister, Mayiik Deng Ayii has called for collective responsibilities to accomplish priority areas of the government.The new minister was speaking at a reception held at the Foreign Affairs ministry’s headquarters in the capital, Juba on Monday.Deng said the government’s top agenda is to implement the peace agreement, besides promoting and protecting core values and interests.Such interests, he added, include national identity, national security, ideological goals and…

Conflicts in S. Sudan undermining peace implementation: monitors

South Sudan’s peace monitoring body (RJMEC) has warned that raging subnational conflicts in the countryside undermine implementation of the peace accord.Speaking during the third anniversary of the revitalized peace agreement signing, Charles Tai Gituai, the Interim Chairperson of RJMEC said it was time leaders to the agreement commit themselves to the full implementation of the peace deal, citing the frustration among citizens.“There is a sense of frustration prevalent among the…

S. Sudan: WFP to cut food aid to over 100,000 displaced people

The World Food Programme (WFP) will suspend food assistance for more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan for three months as part of a prioritization exercise driven by funding shortages this year.The agency said while generous contributions from donors have enabled it reach millions in need with lifesaving assistance, many vulnerable people living in crisis areas continue to suffer from the highest levels of food insecurity and…