February 11, 2014

S. Sudan Peace Talks To Resume In Ethiopia

Members of South Sudan rebel delegation attend the opening ceremony of South Sudan’s negotiation in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 4, 2014.
Members of South Sudan rebel delegation attend the opening ceremony of South Sudan’s negotiation in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, January 4, 2014.

Representatives of South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are set to resume peace negotiations in the Ethiopian capital.

The talks between the two sides are set to begin in Addis Ababa on Wednesday morning.

Regional mediators formally opened the talks Tuesday with an opening ceremony held in the capital.

This is while South Sudanese rebels have threatened to boycott the peace talks in Ethiopia, saying the government must free political prisoners.

They also demanded that the Ugandan army, which has been backing President Salva Kiir, withdraw from South Sudan.

The first peace talks between the two sides, which secured a ceasefire, took place last month. Despite the ceasefire, deadly fighting is going on in the country, with each side accusing the other of violating the agreement.

The fighting between troops of President Kiir, who is from the Dinka ethnic group, and his former deputy, Riek Machar, a Nuer, erupted around Juba on December 15, 2013.

The conflict soon turned into an all-out war between the army and defectors, with the violence taking on an ethnic dimension that pitted the president’s tribe against Machar’s.

The government in Juba is grappling with rampant corruption, unrest and conflict in the deeply impoverished but oil-rich nation.

Adapted From Press TV

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