South Sudan News, Events and Happenings in May 2012
- South Sudan becomes FIFA member
- Salam Football Club to play in CECAFA competitions
- Chinese Envoy Zhong Jianhua meets President Kiir, discusses about current developments including about peace with Sudan
- Japanese agency for agriculture projects in South Sudan
- Egypt Government trains media attaches in diplomacy
- South Sudan and the South Sudan Red Cross celebrates its first World Red Cross Day.
- President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay at state House in Juba. Ms. Pillay expressed pleasure at the Government setting National Human Rights commission and other important government institutions and for addressing concerns of Human rights in the country.
- The President received credentials of Israeli and Austrian Ambassadors.
Nobel Laureate and chair of The Elders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu called up on both the Sudans to cease military hostility and said that it will lead to catastrophic humanitarian consequences and restrict access to civilians in need. He said that the Elders estimate that as many as 300,000 people in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states could not do farming because of the tense situation.
A media report stated that Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohamed Salih was detained on by the National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) agents for his comments on fighting in the country’s border state of South Kordofan.
South Sudan’s army (SPLA) accused the Sudanese government of bombing oil-rich Unity State on Friday and Saturday in violation of a UN Security Council on May 2 calling for a cessation of hostilities.
Sudan Oil Minister Awad Ahmed al-Jaz said South Sudan deliberately planned to sabotage his country’s oil infrastructure to hurt its economy and that South Sudan owes $1 billion for usage of the oil pipelines last year but did not elaborate.
Government to contain artificial price increase
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said that the Government is working to contain the artificial price increase in the markets in recent times. Speaking to an online media outlet, he said that the Government is asking the Central Bank to give letters of credit rather than giving cash to the commercial banks so that the hard currencies are not diverted for other purposes.
New Official Map announced
The Republic of South Sudan has officially adopted its map for the first time it became independent. The Council of Ministers who met at a meeting chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar Teny accepted the map which include at least six territories such as the Heglig / Panthou that are disputed and claimed by Sudan as well. The country is also yet to demarcate borders with Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and Central African Republic.
Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said that aid workers have been stopped from providing humanitarian assistance to the returnees and that tge humanitarian situation of thousands of South Sudanese returnees who are stranded in Kosti on their way to South Sudan may soon worsen after the decision of Khartoum Government to block aid workers from accessing the area. He said that his Government has received reports that non-governmental organizations including the ADRA have been prevented from delivering aid services.
Reports say that there are as many as 350,000 South Sudanese living in makeshift shelters in Kosti who are awaiting a trip by barge South of the White Nile to South Sudan.