South Sudan

Kiir Leaves for AU Summit Amid South Sudan Tensions


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web geneva;”>Kiir’s trip comes at a time of botched peace talks with rebels led by Dr Riek Machar.

The negotiations held under the auspices of IGAD in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were this week suspended pending consultations with African Union and the international community.

It was hoped that by mid-August, Kiir and Machar would have formed an ‘inclusive’ and ‘transitional’ government to pave way for national elections in 2015 but unfolding events point to the contrary.

During the Heads of state meetings, the South Sudan crisis will be discussed, according to diplomatic sources.

Chimpreports understands that some players in the international community are planning to slap sanctions of key individuals in the conflict with the view of pressuring both parties to return to the negotiating table.

The turmoil in the youngest nation in the world has since December 2013 left thousands dead and many more displaced.

During the opening ceremony of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for the Month of June 2014, in Malabo, President Museveni said “there is a failure to distinguish between just wars and unjust wars.”

He explained that “unjust conflicts waged in Africa, which form the majority of the conflicts, are based on the pseudo-ideology of sectarianism based on ethnicity or religious divides and impregnated with gender chauvinism.”

He also pointed out that majority of these conflicts are conducted by ideologically deficient groups that are very undisciplined, “hence, the committing of war-crimes ? killings of non-combatants, killing of prisoners of war, raping of women, abductions of civilians and sex slaves.”


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