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U. S ARMS SANCTIONS UNHEALTHY AND IRRESPONSIBLE-SOUTH SUDAN.

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South Sudan’s Defense Minister has described as ‘unfriendly and irresponsible,’ the decision by the United States to impose arms sanctions on the government.

According to Kuol Manyang Juuk, the move of February 2, 2018 will only thaw the revitalization of talks between the government and rebels.

“We are giving our position to the Americans that this has not come at a good time. American cannot sanction arms when the rebels are getting arms, this will make peace talks even more difficult.

(Because) the rebels will say now the government has been deprived from getting arms, then it is a chance for us to now fight, because nobody will sanction them. These are rebels, they know where they get their arms.

“They get them from here and there and America is not sanctioning them so they will even make it difficult (at the revitalization talks) to reach an agreement. So it is unfriendly and it is really very irresponsible.”

Speaking in an interview with the United Nations – operated Radio Miraya on the sideline of talks in Addis Ababa, he said the U.S. needed to withdraw the measure because it was counterproductive in many respects.

He said even though it was a decision of the American government, he was entreating the UN Security Council to express disapproval. ‘And the Congress is also another power that can also block it. So we will tell the Americans to block this, its is not a healthy decision,’ he added.

New talks on the crisis in South Sudan began in Addis Ababa on Monday (February 5) as pressure mounts on leaders to take stronger action to end the country’s four-year civil war.

The talks in Addis Ababa have been convened by the East African bloc IGAD (Inter Governmental Authority on Development) to push the warring sides back to the negotiating table after a 2015 peace deal collapsed.

Ethiopia’s foreign minister Workneh Gebeyehu said this was the “very last chance” to end the “nightmare” for South Sudanese people.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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