Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Strengthen UNISFA”, Kiir urges AU/PSC

ADDIS ABABA, May 27 2013 – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU/PSC) to strengthen the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) following the killing of the Paramount Chief Deng Koul Deng of Abyei.

The late paramount chief was killed on 4 May 2013 when a convoy he was travelling in came under attack believed to have been carried out by some elements from the Messeriya Arab nomads group. One UN solider was also killed.

H.E President Salva Kiir meeting the AUPSC
H.E President Salva Kiir meeting the AUPSC
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
In a meeting with the AU/SPC yesterday in Addis Ababa on the margins of the African Union Jubilee celebrations, President Kiir said the situation in the area would get worse if the UN security force is not strengthened to face the current security challenges.

The AU has called for an immediate investigation in the murder of the chief with both Presidents Kiir and Omar El-Bashir pledging their support for the investigations. The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia H.E Haile Mariam Desalegn.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

H.E Kiir attends 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU

ADDIS ABABA, 25 May 2013 – The capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa has witnessed on 25th May, 2013 celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of the African unity (OAU)/ African Union (AU), under the theme: “Pan- Africanism and the African Renaissance”.

 

The participants included African Heads of State and Government, UN Secretary Gen. Mr. Pan Ki Moon, US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry, European, Asian and Arab world Representatives. The celebration started at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa with the African union 21st ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state and government, opened by its Chairman H.E Haile Mariam Desalegn who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
In his opening remarks PM Desalegn said the celebration marks Pan-African quest for freedom, Peace and Development in order to maintain the dignity of African People.

 


AU celebrations in Addis Ababa.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
The anniversary celebrated African narratives of past, present and future that will enthuse and energize the African population and use their constructive energy to accelerate a forward looking agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st century. It provides a unique opportunity, and comes at a moment when Africa is on the rise, and must therefore build its confidence in its future. The day was dominated by colorful celebrations.
This is a time for the African people to reflect on how they fared on, in the last fifty years. To improve on where they succeeded and double efforts to redress issues in areas where they drew back. It also time to focus into the coming fifty years in order to get prepared for the challenges that they faced in the past.
Reported by from Addis Ababa

H.E Kiir and El-Bashir agree to establish 8 border crossing points

ADDIS ABABA, 25 May 2013 – Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan and Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan have agreed to immediately establish eight border crossing points for easy movement of people and flow of goods to facilitate trade. This followed a meeting between the two leaders in the margins of the African Union summit yesterday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa. This was announced by the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial.

 


Presidents Kiir and Bashir shake hands before the summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Earlier, President Kiir met the Prime Minister of Ethiopia H.E Haile Mariam Desalegn and discussed with him the current situation in the relations between Sudan and South Sudan in terms of the issue of the murder of late Paramount Chief of Abyei Kuol Deng Kuol.
The two leaders in the meeting agreed to launch a credible impartial investigation and get the root cause and the circumstances surrounding the death of the paramount chief. The two leaders also assessed the current situation relating to the agreements signed between the two countries. The Ethiopian leader pledged to continue supporting the process of the implementation of the agreement and normalization of the relations between South Sudan and Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir, Ethiopian PM Desalegn, Hon. Alor and Hon Nhial in a meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
H.E Kiir and El-Bashir after this held a summit and discussed a number of issues relating to the implementation of the cooperation agreement among which are fixing of the border crossing point between the two countries that had been agreed to be fixed in Hegleg and Joda areas. As stated by the, the two border crossing points have been currently experiencing some difficulties impacting negatively on the oil production operations.
The summit between the two Presidents according to the Hon Nhial agreed that the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) on both sides will be sent on the ground in the area of Tashwin and Joda to finally plot on the ground on the basis of the coordinate on the map the precise location of Tashwin and Joda as border crossing points.

 


H.E Kiir and H.E El-Bashi in the summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa

Kenya to jointly undertake three major projects with South Sudan

JUBA, May 24, 2013 – The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has said his government will jointly with South Sudan undertake three major projects of Lamu oil pipeline, construction of road linking the two countries as well as construction of a railway line to improve trade between the two countries.
President Kenyatta made the revelations on his first official visit to Juba yesterday since he assumed office last month.
Currently, exports from Kenya as well as goods coming through the port of Mombasa to South Sudan have to take the longest route via Uganda to access the market in the Republic of South Sudan thereby increasing the cost of doing business. Considering the amount involved, President Kenyatta said he and his South Sudan counterpart agreed to tackle each project at a time.

 


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta being received by his South Sudan counterpart HE.Kiir at Juba Airport.
[Photo: Phillip Dhil]
However he emphasized the importance and urgency of prioritizing the construction of the road linking the two countries. Though no timeline has been set to start the construction of the road from Juba via Torit, Kapoeta, Narus, on the South Sudan side as well as Lokichogio, Kitale, Eldoret on the Kenya side, President Kenyatta underscored the need to fast track the process.
President Kenyatta pledged to continue strengthening the long standing bilateral relations with South Sudan for the mutual and economic good of the people of the two countries. “The purpose of our visit is to underscore the relation between our countries. It is the intension of my administration to deepen that relationship to ensure that we together prosper”, said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s first President after independence Jomo Kenyatta, underscored the importance of African leaders working together to create solution to African problems to ensure peace and stability in the region. He urged African leaders to work together to end the conflict in Kenya’s neighboring Somalia.

 


Presidents Salva Kiir meeting with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Juba.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
“In our discussions, we reiterated our belief that a stable Somalia is indeed in the best interest of our region”, President Kenyatta told reporters in a joint press statement.
H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit assured the commitment of his government to closely work with the newly elected Kenyan president. The three projects, he said are very crucial for the mutual benefit for the people of the two countries.
Reported by Matata Safi