Major South Sudanese Parties to Hold Talks in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The South Sudanese parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARSS) will meet tomorrow in Ethiopia, says IGAD, a regional economic bloc.

The meeting will be held eleven months after South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed the agreement with rebel factions to end a civil war.

The R-ARCSS has been expected to provide for the establishment of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity whose term of office shall be thirty-six (36) months, commencing eight (8) months after signing of the R-ARSS (as of September 12) or on completion of redeployment of “necessary unified forces.”

Despite the signing of the deal, experts say peace in South Sudan has been elusive with the process of peacebuilding facing numerous challenges that have in effect slowed down the momentum towards reaping the fruits of independence.

IGAD, the broker of the deal, says on Wednesday the South Sudanese Parties’ will hold Consultation meeting in Ethiopia’s capital.

“The meeting will take stock of the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan and will make recommendations on the way forward,” it said.

The civil war has killed at least 50,000 people, displaced two million and held up the country’s progress since it gained independence seven years ago.

Photo Caption: FILE PHOTO: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (R) talks to South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar as they sign a cease-fire and power-sharing agreement with in Khartoum, Sudan August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo