South Sudanese Peace Talk Rescheduled

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Addis Ababa, 02 August 2014 (WIC) - The negotiation of South Sudanese rival parties, which was scheduled to commence on July 30, has been rescheduled for August 4, 2014, according to Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

In a press release sent to ENA, IGAD stated that the mediation was delayed because of extended holidays of Eid el-Fitr and National Martyr’s Day celebrations in Juba.

The session’s key agenda will be to finalize and sign the Cessation of Hostilities Matrix and negotiations on details of the Transitional Government of National Unity, the release said.

The delegates from the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, SPLM/A- in opposition, SPLM leaders (former detainees), political parties as well as civil society and faith-based organizations are expected to attend the session, it was stated.

Since the outbreak of conflict between South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy Dr. Riek Machar last December, thousands of South Sudanese were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.