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Analysis of the situation

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26 – 30 January 2015


An extraordinary summit by the heads of state and government of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which convened on 29 January 2015, has been adjourned until 31 January 2015 in order to give the two warring parties two days to agree on a document imposed by the regional leaders. This comes after the two principals, the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar, could not agree on leadership structure and power-sharing arrangements in their face-to-face talks on 29 January. IGAD leaders decided to dictate a principle agreement on the two parties and warned for unspecified action against the rival leaders should they not accept the proposed agreement by 31 January.

Eleven civilians were killed in a roadside ambush while travelling to Raja in Western Bahr El Ghazal State on 25 January 2015. Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a two-car convoy which was transporting the new County Commissioner of Raja, James Benjamin, including a team of five local journalists. The vehicles were returning to Raja when they came under attack between Sepo and Magaya. It was the second roadside ambush in the country in less than two weeks. UNMISS calls upon local, state and national authorities to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice.

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