|March 2012 Events|
South Sudan News, Events and Happenings in March 2012.
President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit arrives in Nairobi to attend the ceremony for Lamu Port for South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Project. The President is accompanied by several ministers and senior officials. Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Kosti Manibe, Minister in the Office of President Emmanuel LoWilla, Minister for Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau and Minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment Garrang Diing were among those who accompanied the president.
The official ceremony of Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project is held at Port Lamu in Nairobi. President Salva Kiir Mayardit attends the ceremony along with heads of Ethiopia and Kenya.
30 people died and 15 injured in a clash between youth of Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic groups in Nyirol County. County commissioner Kuach Duoth said, "A huge number of Murle youth attacked on Nyuon cattle camp. They killed about 30 young men, wounded 15 and made away with 15,000 heads of cattle". The commissioner claimed that the Sudan People's Liberation Army were informed about the attack but they refused to intervene.
Sudan officially files a complaint against South Sudan's aggression to the UN Security Council (UNSC). Sudan’s permanent envoy to the United Nations Daffa Allah Ali al-Haj accused South Sudan's army Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of supporting and participating in an attack on February 26, 2012 by a coalition of Sudanese rebels groups, the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF). The alleged attack happened on the disputed area of Jau, which lies on the poorly defined borders between the two countries.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit issues Presidential directives No. 18/2012, No. 19/2012, No. 20/2012, No. 21/2012 appointing Grade 1, 2 and 3 ambassadors
South Sudan says that the talks with Khartoum are gaining progress. South Sudan's top negotiator "When we were one country, we spent all the time together fighting each other and killing each other, and there has been a lot of that... but that is over now. We have tried to negotiate all this time with the old approach. It has led us literally nowhere...now we are going to try this approach, which is basically positive thinking, applied to problem solving", he said on return from the last round of African Union (AU)-led talks in Ethiopia.
Hollywood actor George Clooney returns to US from an eight-day trip in the Sudan - South Sudan region. He gave a first hand view to Senate Foreign Relations Committee of humanitarian crisis in the border between Sudan and South Sudan and the suffering as thousands forced to take refuge in caves because of daily aerial bombardments.
African Union (AU) welcomes the "Framework Agreement on the Status of Nationals of the Other State" and the "Agreement on the Demarcation of the Boundary and Related issues" reached by Sudan and South Sudan. AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping said he was especially pleased to note the new spirit of compromise and co-operation expressed by the two sides.
Deputy Transport Minister Mayom Kuoc Malek said that the completion of new airport terminal in June is their highest priority.
Israeli ambassador Dan Shaham met with the vice president of South Sudan Riek Machar and discussed issues pertaining to the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
South Sudan assures that it will not arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during the upcoming visit to South Sudan. Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
South Sudan blames Khartoum for postponing the joint meeting scheduled to have taken place on March 22-23