South Sudan

Machar Returns To Ethiopia To Meet Kiir


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Dr. Machar who has been in Kenyan capital Nairobi since Tuesday as part of his regional tour aimed at consulting on the ongoing peace talks, left on Sunday morning for Addis Ababa.

In Kenya, he met with top government officials including President Uhuru Kenyatta who appreciated his decision to fulfil the requirements of the peace agreement signed with President Kiir in April.

Machar, however, cancelled his Khartoum trip amidst Juba concerns that it would not allow the rebel leader to lobby for war.

Sources in the regional body, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which is mediating peace talks between Machar and Kiir, have told Chimpreports that the duo is expected to meet this week for another round of talks.

“We are expecting the two key principles here (Addis Ababa) again this week and both of them have confirmed their commitment to be present. They are all interested in talks,” said a source.

Following a disagreement at a meeting of SPLM last December, the national army SPLA disintegrated into two with commanders from states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile defecting to Machar’s side and launching a military assault against sections of the army under President Kiir.

Since then, tens of thousands have lost lives with over a million people internally displaced.

The Addis Ababa talks are expected to ease tension between the warring parties and save the population of over 11 million people from war.


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