South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia
Adama, 3 June 2014 (WIC) - South Sudanese peace talks are set to resume in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the UN deployment of its peacekeepers from East Africa, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, has said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, mediating the talks, said the new round of talks would include 150 members of the South Sudanese civil society and the key negotiators.
“The multi-stakeholder symposium will be held from June 5 to 7 at the African Union headquarters,” it said in the statement.
The agenda of the new round of talks was not immediately clear but both sides have been calling for the inclusion of a larger section of the South Sudanese in the talks.
South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir and renegade former Vice President Riek Machar signed an agreement to form an interim government and write a new constitution for South Sudan.
Machar’s delegation has been calling for a new system of governance in South Sudan by changing the current system of a unity state into a federal state.
President Kiir’s delegates opposed the plan to shift the country to a federal structure.
The two warring sides in the over six months military stand-off signed a peace agreement on May 9, agreeing to solve their disagreements only through dialogue and not arms.
In a reaction to the killings in South Sudan, the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of additional troops, 2,500 from East Africa, to provide security to monitors on the ground.
The UN Security Council’s decision would allow Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda to send troops to South Sudan. (www.punchng.com)
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