KHARTOUM, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's Foreign Minister Barnaba Benjamin on Thursday reiterated that South Sudan army would soon recapture Bor and Bantio towns, held by rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar.
"The government in South Sudan is in complete control of the situations, and there is no existence for the rebels except in the towns of Bor and Bantio," Benjamin told reporters following his meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum Thursday.
"The position of the government is constitutional and legal, and its responsibility is to impose the law and preserve the national sovereignty. And as the government is continuing the negotiations in Addis Ababa, it is also working to bring the matters on the ground back to normal," he added.
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Chinese FM states position on South Sudan
BEIJING, Jan.9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has set out China's four-point position on the South Sudan conflict, saying stability and development is most important for the new-born nation.
Wang made the stance clear during a recent interview with Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based pan-Arab TV channel, according to a news release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.Full story
More than 200,000 people displaced in South Sudan: UN spokesman
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has already uprooted more than 200,000 people from their homes, a UN spokesman confirmed here Wednesday.
"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that an estimated 201,000 people have been internally displaced by the current crisis in South Sudan since Dec. 15," Farhan Haq, UN acting deputy spokesperson, told reporters at the daily briefing. Full story
S.Sudan peace talks to focus on cessation of hostilities, detainees
NAIROBI, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Mediation talks aimed at ending the three-week old conflict in South Sudan are expected to focus on the cessation of hostilities and the status of the detainees on Tuesday, according to the East African bloc IGAD.
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday said the talks being held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between representatives of South Sudan's government and rebels have endorsed modalities of South Sudan Dialogue, Rules of Procedure, and Structure and Terms of Reference to guide the talks. Full story
Sudan urges for dialogue to end conflict in S. Sudan
KHARTOUM, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Monday reiterated its supportive stance to South Sudan's stability and resolution to the armed conflict there through dialogue, noting that war would lead to uncalculated consequences, said Sudanese foreign minister.
"Sudan has declared a clear stance with its support to the stability in South Sudan and resolution to the issue between the rivals through dialogue," Ali Karti told reporters upon return of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from South Sudan after a short visit. Full story