June 21st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Latest reports from Addis Aababa, Ethiopia, confirm that South Sudanese principles, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardiit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, have agreed to share power in a similar but a revised version of the previous peace agreement.
A government official, however, told the Nyamilepedia from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that the two principals have disagreed on the security dossier despite agreement to share power under one government.
“The two principals agreed to come together and share power in a revised version of the previous government but the two could not agree on how security arrangement could be made,” the official who requested to remain anonymous told Nyamilepedia on Thursday.
The official also said there is hope that the two leaders will come up with a unified position “very soon” to end the Africa’s deadliest conflict.
“But we are hopeful that the two will have a united position in the near and sooner future to end the conflict,” he said.
Ethiopian prime ministe, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, last week invited Machar and Kiir for a face-to-face meeting after the former was released from a South African house arrest where he has been kept since 2016.
Machar arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from South Africa on Wednesday and Kiir followed him from Juba on Wednesday afternoon.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after forces loyal to the president and his then Northern Bhar Al-Ghazal governor turned rebel leader Paul Malong Awan went door-to-door killing thousands of Nuer civilians in the nation’s capital Juba.
The killings sparked anger among Nuer generals serving in the South Sudan army leading to a civil war.
According to the United Nations reports, tens of thousands have been killed and over 4 four millions citizens have been displaced to refugees camps and IDPS centers, making South Sudan conflict the worst of its kind in African continents and second to the Syrians’ war.
The ongoing meetings between Macha and Kiir could soften positions of the main warring parties, however, how soon the conflict could end remains in questions.