National
South Sudan ceasefire talks beginPublish Date: Jan 07, 2014
South Sudan ceasefire talks begin
  • mail
  • img
IGAD envoys, Seyoum Mesfin (R) and Lazarus Sumbeywo give a press confrence on January 6, 2013 in Addis Ababa. PHOTO/AFP
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
Prove you
A top Muslim cleric has challenged Uganda’s political leaders to prove that they are better than Idi Amin - Uganda’s former President who was ousted in 1979...
Farmers collect signatures to have agric taxes dropped
Over 100 farmers have launched a a campaign to collect 1 million signatures to petition the Speaker of Parliament to news taxes imposed on agricultural inputs...
Bunyoro to set up sports academy, leadership institute
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and churches plan to set up a transformational leadership institute and a sports academy...
Ugandan elected to head Lions Club International
A Ugandan has been installed as District Governor for Lions Club International to represent the country and Tanzania....
Handshakes not hygienic, say scientists
Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found....
Uganda pilgrims return from Israel
A group of 19 Ugandans which left for the biblical promised land, Canan for a holy tour has returned. The group comprising of Christians and Muslims left for Israel on July 13....
Should voters be given poer to recall their MPs?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter