South Sudan

South Sudan Peace Talks to Resume


stomach geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In a statement issued on Saturday, illness the Joint Preparatory Committee for the SPLM Intra-¬Party Dialogue said the “delegations are satisfied with the conduct of the preparatory work and wish to express continued commitment to the finalization of the preparation for the Intra-¬Party Dialogue.”

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The latest development raises hopes that a peaceful solution to the bloody war in the youngest nation in the world could be around the corner.

However, it would be too early to celebrate as rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar have previously ignored agreements with Juba especially on cessation of hostilities.

Recently, the rebels stormed Bentiu and other surrounding areas, leaving a trail of bloodshed and colossal destruction of property.

At least 200 people were slaughtered in cold blood for refusing to welcome the victorious rebels as they marched onto Bentiu.

United Nations has since condemned the killings. Uganda says UN should have done more to protect the civilians.

The Addis Ababa peace team expressed hope that “ this inclusive process and efforts that we have undertaken and the commitments that we have made will help us in taking the process forward and assist us in finding a peaceful and lasting solution to the current challenges facing our country.”

The statement further read: “It is in this spirit that we welcome the release of the remaining four detainees by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan. It is our belief that this spirit will open the way for future unity of the party and national reconciliation.”

The meeting which took place from the 23rd to 26th of April 2014, was reportedly conducted with a sense of responsibility and cordiality and reached agreement on the objectives of the Intra-¬Party Dialogue; agenda to be discussed by the Political Bureau (PB); rules of engagement for the Intra-¬Party Dialogue and continuation of the discussion on the remaining issues.

War broke out in South Sudan in December last year, with Kiir saying Machar intended to topple his government.

Machar denied the allegations, accusing Kiir of dictatorial tendencies and attempting to suppress reformist ideas in the ruling party.


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