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S. Sudan’s Warring Sides to Form Unity Government

FILE - South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) hold a priest's hands before signing an earlier peace agreement in Addis Ababa, May 9, 2014.
FILE - South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) hold a priest's hands before signing an earlier peace agreement in Addis Ababa, May 9, 2014.
Marthe van der Wolf
South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and his former vice president, now rebel leader Riek Machar, will work to set up a transitional government of national unity within two months.  The deal was reached in Addis Ababa, where regional leaders met Tuesday to discuss the 6-month-old conflict in South Sudan.
 
Kiir and Machar met for the second time since the conflict started in mid-December.  The leaders had signed an agreement in early May, recommitting to a ceasefire that has been repeatedly violated by both sides.
 
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the two warring parties have agreed to reach a settlement for the South Sudan problem.
 
“They agreed to complete the dialogue process in the coming 60 days on what, how and when and who to the culmination into the formation of a transitional government of national unity. And they also agreed to sign on the matrix, the timeline of the activities within the 60 days timeframe for themselves,” said Desalegn.
 
Regional leaders, such as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Kenyan Vice President William Ruto, attended Tuesday’s talks.  The east African bloc IGAD has been mediating the talks since the beginning.  Discussions will continue within the coming days in Ethiopia on the details of the peace plan.
 
The African Union's peace and security commissioner, Ismail Chergui, urged the two sides to be serious about the discussion.
 
“It is the hope and the expectation of the African Union that it is high time that the warring parties will hear the call of their people and the international communities to take the forthcoming political negotiation seriously and not to use it as a forum to advance partisan position and delay of the final outcome to the talks,” said Chergui.
 
The conflict in South Sudan has turned into a humanitarian crisis with more than 1.3 million people displaced.  A food shortage is also looming, possibly affecting even more citizens.  The unrest was sparked by a power struggle between President Kiir and Machar.

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by: Lisa from: Tx
June 11, 2014 5:51 AM
Dear Mr kiir and Dr riek, this time prove to the world that peace can be achieve, put a side the past and work towords peace. Its only kiir and riek who will bring peace, pls other political parties back off this time instead stand for peace rather then bleming or accusing. We all know that some country don't support the peace because of their self interest. The only for peace this time its forgiveness and moving forward for to achieving everlasting peace peace. Kiir, riek just ashame the people who didn't believe that you can coexist for the shake of south Sudan. Why don't you be the country in Africa aspecting that mistakes are done. Show the world that peace is possible. I believe both of you are for peace, and am asking all the people of south sudan, to focus on positive out come this time. For the people who spoke out their rights by supporting Dr riek, its time to stop beleming but stand up for united government then your voice will be heared. For armies both sides and other who don't believe in kiir or riek, STOP the madness of killings the innocent, because of beleming games your playing with your brothers life by killing one another. Instead focus on preventing other country from inviding the country for the benefit of their counties . When you join the army it was for protection of the country and its people and you shouldn't take sides. But instead you turned into pigs rather then a protectors shame on you. For you who are pretending to play political. step back and think peace and development instead of confusing people jackass.


by: Jeffrey Ngueny Deng from: Akobo,South Sudan
June 11, 2014 4:19 AM
Transitional Government of national unity with the Federal system of Regions will be welcomed.

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by: Deng from: Juba, South Sudan
June 11, 2014 8:31 AM
Transtional Gov't is welcomed but we should e cautious about calling for federalism systems. South Sudan is relying ONLY on Oil money from two states what will happen to the rest of the states. the problem is not only federal system its the individuals who run the gov't.the world is moving into the blacks. We need to think outside the box. Deng


by: Jeffrey Ngueny Deng from: Akobo,South Sudan
June 11, 2014 3:18 AM
My worried is all about the government leading by premittive Kiir Becuase when he sign thing in to his hand in adis ababa it is all good for him,WHEN reach juba he will just said that he was forced to sign the agreement .
Mr. Machar is doing all his best to bring peace to south sudan for sure and I urge those army fleeing Bor that change is coming.........

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