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South Sudan War: Museveni Travels to Ethiopia


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President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rival, Dr. Riek Machar, signed an immediate Cessation of Hostilities agreement on May 9 but deadly clashes are continuing between SPLA and the rebels.

The duo is expected to reach a final peace agreement today after holding talks.

Last weekend, a symposium of civil society; traditional, political and religious leaders, concluded with the recognition of collective desire for sustainable peace to prevent further human suffering in South Sudan.

In Ethiopia today, the Council of Ministers debated and came out with resolutions to be forwarded to Heads of State who shall take final decisions on South Sudan crisis.

Among the contentious items to be discussed by IGAD leaders include the formation of “an inclusive” and “transitional” government which shall organize free and fair elections in 2015.

Mediators are considering forming a Federal System among the 10 states of South Sudan.

President Kiir recently affirmed that the new government will comprise several stakeholders not just Riek Machar’s loyalists.

He also announced the postponement of the presidential elections to “two or three years” pending a national reconciliation process to heal the wounds arising from the brutal war.

The fighting that started in the world’s youngest nation in December last year has claimed thousands of lives, displaced 1.3 million people and forced 360,000 to neighbouring countries, according to United Nation agencies.

During today’s meeting, leaders will also discuss the deployment of troops in South Sudan under IGAD.

Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are expected to deploy troops in the war-torn country to maintain a buffer zone between government forces and the rebels.


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