South Sudan

S. Sudan Peace Talks Resume in Ethiopia


there geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The move followed President Salva Kiir’s decision to release four senior SPLA ruling party members from detention. Last week.

They had earlier been accused of attempting to overthrow Kiir’s government.

A committee set up to find a political solution to the crisis on Sunday welcomed the release of the political detainees and announced the warring parties would resume dialogue in Addis Ababa today.

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 peace team taskforce held a series of meetings last week in Ethiopia before reaching agreement on the objectives of the Intra-¬Party Dialogue.

Members also concurred on the 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.

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 peace team said in a statement that, “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.”

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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