South Sudan Warring Factions Resume Peace Talks in Addis Ababa

Latest reports from South Sudan indicate that the country’s warring factions Monday resumed a new round of peace talks in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as the threat of sanctions looms.

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) led the forum which is expected to deliver a lasting solution to the on-going conflicts in the world youngest country.

About 14 factions are in attendance, according to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).

The talks will focus on governance and elections in the young nation, after the attainment of peace and stability, G said in a notice seen by the media.

The South Sudan warring parties led by President Salva Kiir and his rival opposition chief Riek Machar signed a cessation of hostilities deal last year, but broke it just like the 2015 agreement.

Since then South Sudan has witnessed fresh clashes that have claimed more than 100,000 lives, according to the International Crisis Group.  Over 2 million South Sudanese have become refugees in neighbouring countries and another 1.9 million others remain internally displaced, according to the UN.

International community led by the US have threatened South Sudan with Sanctions if the two parties fail to cease fire. US specifically has called on Kenya and Uganda to continue with the role of ending South Sudan crisis by engaging Kiir and Machar to end their hard-line stances.

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