National
South Sudan ceasefire talks begin
Publish Date: Jan 07, 2014
South Sudan ceasefire talks begin
IGAD envoys, Seyoum Mesfin (R) and Lazarus Sumbeywo give a press confrence on January 6, 2013 in Addis Ababa. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

 ADDIS ABABA - South Sudanese rebels and a government delegation started peace talks on Tuesday to try to end fighting that has left the world's newest state on the brink of civil war.

The talks in neighbouring Ethiopia will focus on brokering a ceasefire to halt three weeks of violence that has killed at least 1,000 people and driven 200,000 from their homes.

"We have begun our meeting on the cessation of hostilities," a member of the government delegation told Reuters.

The fighting, often along ethnic faultlines, has pitted President Salva Kiir's SPLA government forces against rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

Mabior Garang, a member of Machar's delegation to the Addis talks, confirmed that the talks had begun.

The two sides delayed talks for several days haggling over the fate of 11 detainees held by the government in Juba. The rebels initially insisted on securing their release before negotiations started.

An Ethiopian diplomat said the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional grouping of east African nations that initiated the talks, had sent its envoys to Juba to press Kiir to release the detainees.

"They're flying today to meet Kiir. They will push for the detainees' release," said an Ethiopian diplomat close to the talks.

The trio of envoys is led by Seyoum Mesfin, a former Ethiopian foreign minister, the diplomat said.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
National ID: More Ugandans to be taxed
THE ongoing registration exercise for national identity cards will provide accurate information needed to identify Ugandans who are eligible to pay taxes...
Pope’s invitation to Uganda still open - Govt
GOVERNMENT has said that the invitation that President Yoweri Museveni and Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga jointly sent to Pope Francis still stands...
Uganda never expected long stay in S.Sudan – Kiyonga
DEFENCE minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga has revealed Uganda didn't expect its mission in South Sudan to be protracted the way it has turned out to be, promising UPDF’s withdrawal...
MPs promise farmers not to pass agric inputs tax
Members of Parliament have assured farmers across the country and civil society organizations that they are not going to pass the proposed tax on agricultural inputs....
Kyambogo admissions for PWDs ready
The admission letters for Kyambogo University students admitted under the People with Disabilities (PWDs) government scholarship scheme is ready, according to the institution’s spokesman Lawrence Madete....
Urban TV presenters to back Kabushenga at Pakasa Forum
Two vibrant youngsters from Urban TV will host interviews on the sidelines of the 4th edition of the Pakasa Forum on Saturday. Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga will be the host....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter