Talks between rebels and the government to try to end seven months of bloodshed in South Sudan resumed in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. The session begins amid continuing reports of fighting and increasingly dire warnings from aid agencies of impending famine.
While the negotiations, mediated by a bloc of northeastern African nations called the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), produced an agreement in May to halt the fighting, clashes have continued – and there’s little sign that deep political differences are about to be resolved.
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In response to the resumption of South Sudan Peace talks led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa Oxfam South Sudan country director Tariq Riebl said:
“We welcome the resumption of IGAD- led South Sudan Peace talks, but these talks must swiftly turn the tide away from conflict and lead to a just and sustainable political solution. The legacy of both of these leaders should be one of bringing peace and prosperity, not hunger and strife, and causing division among the people of South Sudan.
Now, IGAD member states and the international community needs to work together to ensure that this particular round of talks yield meaningful results and that both parties to the conflict commit to laying down their arms. These talks should deliver a firm and genuine commitment by both parties to the process, a permanent ceasefire,and a road map that will lead to a transitional government of national unity . Every effort needs to be made to ensure these negotiations are inclusive of the voices of the diverse communities in South Sudan and that a national dialogue process is supported and prioritized.
Equally, as South Sudan sits on the brink of famine the international community needs to do everything it can to support this young nation to urgently scale up the humanitarian response to save lives, protect people, and to end the bloodshed and suffering.”
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