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Ramaphosa welcomes South Sudan peace talks

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar in the peace talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Machar is set to meet with his rival Salva Kiir for the first time in nearly two years, according to AFP. He is the leader of the the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/A-In-Opposition. Once comrades-in arms in the fight for independence, Kiir and Machar experienced a bitter falling out, a…

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South Sudan president Kiir heads to Ethiopia for peace talks with rebel leader

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir headed to Ethiopia on Wednesday for talks with rebel leader Riek Machar on ending a five-year civil war in which tens of thousands of civilians have been killed. The talks would be the first meeting between the two since a peace deal between the government and Machar’s rebel group fell apart in August 2016. “IGAD has decided to call face-to-face dialogue between our president and Riek Machar,” Awut Deng, a senior member of Kiir’s…

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Kenyatta heads to IGAD meeting as leaders review S.Sudan peace process

President Uhuru Kenyatta is Thursday set to depart for Addis Ababa to attend a regional meeting on ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. Deputy State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena told reporters Wednesday that the meeting to be attended by leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will review the progress made in the South Sudan peace process. “The leaders want to review the strategies that IGAD has put in place to ensure the return of peace…

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China says it regrets U.S. quitting U.N. rights council

China expressed regret on Wednesday over a U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, with state media saying the image of the United States as a defender of rights was “on the verge of collapse”. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the decision to pull out of the council on Tuesday over what she said was chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform. Rights group have criticized the decision as sending…

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South Sudan rebel leader arrives in Ethiopia for talks to end civil war

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, as part of talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, a rebel spokesman and an Ethiopian official said. “Yes, I can confirm to you that our chairman has arrived in Addis Ababa airport this morning,” rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said, referring to Mr Machar, who had been held under house arrest in South…

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