South Sudan: rival parties resume peace talks

By Editorial Board - 7 August 2015 at 3:12 pm
South Sudan's presidential guard wait the arrival of foreign dignitaries invited to participate in the country's official independence celebrations in the capital city of Juba.

Reuters reported that South Sudan’s rival parties recommenced peace talks in order to end the 20 months of violence. The international community along is putting the country under a lot of pressure to make a deal to end the bloodshed by the August 17 deadline with the threat of further sanctions if the deadline is not met.

The chief mediator with IGAD, Seyoum Mesfin, opened the last round of talks by saying, “a perfect solution to a problem like that of the ongoing crisis in South Sudan is impossible to achieve.”

“Compromise solutions, however, are reachable,” he continued.

Previous talks held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, have failed with both sides continuing to break the repeated ceasefire deals.

Fighting broke out in South Sudan towards the end of 2013 between forces that support President Salva Kiir and allied rebels supporting former Vice President Riek Machar.

A proposal was created last month by IGAD in order to form a compromise between the parties with the hope that it will lead to peace.

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