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South Sudan rivals say hope for peace at meet in Khartoum

 South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar said on Monday they hoped for a breakthrough in peace talks as they met in Khartoum, but there was no immediate indication that either side would make real concessions. “I came to this meeting with an open mind and hope my brother Riek did the same … I see the need to stop this unnecessary war and hope Dr Riek does as well,” Kiir said as talks began. He…

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Uhuru to host Kiir, Machar in peace talks

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar will meet today in Khartoum, Sudan, for their second round of talks, according to the Sudanese foreign ministry. “President Omar al-Bashir will host direct talks between the two leaders of South Sudan in Khartoum on June 25,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday. The communique of the 32nd Extra-ordinary Summit of IGAD heads of state also released on Friday indicated President Kiir and Machar will meet for…

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Uganda police detain 10 S. Sudanese refugees

Police in Uganda are holding 10 South Sudanese refugees over the killing of their colleagues at a refugee camp in the country. Those arrested are suspected to have been involved in a fracas, which saw four killed after a football argument went bad. The West Nile regional police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia confirmed the arrest, saying they would carry out an investigation. “The police are continuing with investigations to get more other youth who took law into their own hands…

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S Sudan govt ‘had enough’ of rebel leader: spokesperson

South Sudan’s information minister said Friday the country’s rebel leader could not rejoin government, dealing a blow to hopes that the latest talks in Ethiopia might bring peace. “We have had enough of Riek Machar,” said Michael Makuei, referring to the rebel chief. “As the people of South Sudan, not the president alone, but as the people of South Sudan, we are saying enough is enough.” Hopes of a breakthrough towards ending South Sudan’s civil war had been raised…

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South Sudan’s president, rebel leader to meet again next week – Sudan government

A new round of talks between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar will take place next week in the Sudanese capital, the Sudanese government said on Friday. South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrives at the national palace to negotiate with South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri Kiir and Machar met in the Ethiopian capital this week, the first time the two men had met since 2016…

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‘Governance not for political elite’: Uhuru advises South Sudan leaders

  President Uhuru Kenyatta was among IGAD leaders who helped narrow down the differences between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar on Thursday. Regional leaders are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to help restore peace in Africa’s youngest nation where civil war broke out in 2013. Kiir and Machar disagreed in less than two years after South Sudan’s independence in 2011. The two met for the first time in two years since they fell out….

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More time needed to achieve peace – South Sudan rebels

The armed opposition said that the current model for the peace process is “unrealistic” and that “there is no shortcut to peace,” following President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar’s meeting in Ethiopia where no deal was reached. East African leaders assembled on Thursday in Ethiopia to push for peace in South Sudan, but reconciliation remained elusive. South Sudan’s armed opposition on Thursday rejected any “imposition” of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first…

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Regional leaders renew South Sudan peace push

East African leaders gathered in Ethiopia on Thursday hoping to revive stalled South Sudan peace talks, following a long-awaited face-to-face meeting between the two warring leaders. President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar held face-to-face talks on Wednesday, brokered by Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed, in their first meeting in nearly two years. What was discussed has been kept under wraps, but video footage of their initial meeting shows Abiy sandwiched between the two…

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South Sudan rebel chief meets President Kiir in Ethiopia

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar met Wednesday with President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa – the first time in nearly two years – as part of talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year civil war, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister’s chief of staff said on Twitter. “The PM Abiy Ahmed hosted a private dinner to President Salva Kiir and Dr Rieck Machar together,” Fitsum Arega said. “Faced with the continued suffering in SouthSudan, Ethiopia simply can’t stand by. With more work,…

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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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