South Sudan: US top diplomat is leaving assignment this month!

US Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page (Nyamilepedia)

US Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page (Nyamilepedia)

August 18, 2014 (Nyamilepedia) -Susan Page, the first US ambassador to South Sudan, is reportedly leaving the country soon due to what the reliable source told Nyamilepedia as the pressure about the ongoing crisis.

According to reliable source who was asked by Nyamilepedia Team in Juba, he said South Sudan government relations with American government are decreasing day by day.

The insider said Susan Page is not willing to work in an environment where human rights and democratization are not considered. Ambassador page made a request  early this year to US government for her removal from the position ,reliable source told Nyamilepedia. Page will be replaced by Charles Twining.

Page was appointed to the post in 2011, immediately after the country declared its independence from Sudan following a 2005 peace deal that paved the way for a referendum on self determination.

The US played a crucial role in mediation efforts between the Sudanese government and then Southern Sudan rebels from the now governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), ending more than two decades of brutal civil war.

The US embassy in Juba sent out invitations on Friday for a farewell party planned for Ambassador Page. “Sadly it has come time to say farewell to Ambassador Susan Page. We take this opportunity to also welcome charge Ambassador Charles Twining,” said an invitation letter seen by Nyamilepedia Team.

The farewell party is due to take place this Thursday, the US embassy said, without providing further details. South Sudan has been mired in conflict since fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebel troops aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.

The US is exerting pressure on both sides to reach a negotiated solution to the crisis, however, a January ceasefire deal and ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia have so far failed to quell the violence.

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