South Sudan Peace Talks Resume

Delegates attend the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, in the past (Photo: Birahnu Sebsibe/Reuters)

Delegates attend the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, in the past (Photo: Birahnu Sebsibe/Reuters)

Dec 18, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Peace talks aimed at ending South Sudan’s civil war have resumed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the latest attempt to resolve the year-old nation’s internal conflict.

The talks Thursday are focused on a sustainable truce between the government and rebel fighters, mediated by the east African regional blog IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development). Four previous attempts at a truce have been virtually ignored.

At the heart of the conflict is a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar. The split has divided the country’s military and led to inter-ethnic fighting.

The latest round of negotiations will also attempt to tackle the thorny political issue of forming a transitional government of national unity. Former political detainees, faith-based groups, and civil society organizations are taking part in the talks.

Previous peace agreements and a number of sanctions by the United States and the European Union have brought no halt to the fighting.

South Sudan’s conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million. The United Nations says at least half the country is at risk of hunger and disease.

 – VOA

One comment

  • Pech Chuol

    Dear greeting to you all my beloved nuer tribe so, our regional organization became mediator many time since of started of these confict, we should have to equipe each other these thing analysis “is not realy peace is delayment from IGAD SO,to favor kiir to equipe himself to as at coming season so, let us sure make our self ready for what so called chaos, nuer oyeee, fredomfighter oyeeee.

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