S Sudan’s warring leaders agree deadline for new govt: Ethiopian PM

Salva Kiir (L), President of South Sudan, Riek Machar (R), SPLM chairman, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C) attend a press conference to sign the Cessation of Hostilities treaty over the war in South Sudan on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. South Sudan's president and rebel chief signed a ceasefire deal Friday vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, with the US urging both sides to 'swiftly' implement their promises. Salva Kiir and rebel boss Riek Machar, who shook hands and then prayed together, 'agreed that immediately all hostile activities will stop within 24 hours from the signing of this agreement', said head mediator Seyoum Mesfin, from the East African regional bloc IGAD. AFP PHOTO / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Salva Kiir (L), President of South Sudan, Riek Machar (R), SPLM Opposition leader, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C) attend a press conference to sign the Cessation of Hostilities treaty over the war in South Sudan on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. AFP PHOTO / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

June 10, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan’s president and rebel chief met on Tuesday in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia’s prime minster said.

“They agreed to complete the dialogue process within the coming 60 days on what how, when and who… (for) the formation of the transitional government,” Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn said, after the rare meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar alongside regional leaders.

A ceasefire deal signed by Kiir and Machar on May 9 has been repeatedly violated, deepening the crisis in the young nation which has already killed thousands and forced more than 1.3 million people from their homes.

It was the first encounter of the enemies in a month, and only the second since the civil war began in mid-December.

Kiir and Machar met on the sidelines of a regional leaders’ summit in Addis Ababa organised by the East African IGAD bloc, which is brokering slow-moving negotiations between both sides.

Hailemariam, speaking at the opening of the summit, slammed both sides in South Sudan for violating a ceasefire agreement signed on May 9.

“There has been a growing tendency to continue with the war,” Hailemariam said, but adding both Kiir and Machar had recommitted to the peace deal.

Previous rounds of peace talks have made little progress and been repeatedly delayed.

Delegates for Kiir and Machar have been meeting in luxury hotels in the Ethiopian capital since January, with both sides bickering over the agenda and even the venue of discussions.

Earlier, mediators issued a stinging rebuke of the rivals, accusing them of seeking military victory rather than a negotiated end to the civil war.

Mahboub Maalim, IGAD executive secretary, said both Kiir and Machar were “stupid” if they thought they could win on the battlefield.

“If we want to apportion blame, it’s theirs. I think sometimes they thought they could win on the ground militarily, something which is very stupid,” Maalim said.

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