Obama calls for peaceful negotiations to resolve conflict in South Sudan
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday urged factions in South Sudan to resolve conflict through peaceful negotiations, warning the use of force to seize power would lead to the end of support from the U.S. and international community.
Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, was briefed on Air Force One Friday night on the status of four American soldiers who were wounded during an evacuation operation in South Sudan, the White House said in a statement.Full story
China urges South Sudan parties to ensure personnel safety
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy to the UN on Friday called on all parties of South Sudan to take effective measures to stop violence, protect civilians and ensure the safety of personnel.
The UN Security Council has been watching closely on development of the situation in South Sudan and supported the efforts of the UN and the African Union which seek to reach a dialogue between all parties of the country to realize peaceful resolution, said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, after the council's closed-door consultation on South Sudan. Full story
Kenya's ex-PM proposes neutral force to curb S. Sudan crisis
NAIROBI, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's former prime minister Raila Odinga on Saturday proposed a neutral force to be deployed immediately to South Sudan to prevent further bloodshed in the world's youngest state.
"The world and the leaders must not fail the long suffering people of South Sudan," Odinga said in a statement nearly a week after violence broke out in Kenya's northwest neighbor. Full story
AU calls for immediate truce in S. Sudan
ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) - - The African Union (AU) on Saturday called for an immediate truce in South Sudan, where fighting has been escalating for the past week.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of AU Commission, is following with deep concern the escalation of the conflict in South Sudan, an AU statement said, warning that the confrontation is in danger of becoming an all-out civil war. Full story
South Sudan army advances to tribe forces-held town
KHARTOUM, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's army on Saturday said it was advancing under an air cover towards Jonglei state's strategic town of Bor that has been seized by forces loyal to a sacked vice president.
"The army is rapidly advancing towards Bor town, with an air cover of military helicopters," a military source in South Sudan told Xinhua by phone. Full story