S. Sudan rivals to start face-to-face talks

South Sudan's rivals will start face-to-face talks on Sunday.

S. Sudan rivals to start face-to-face talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

After days of negotiations via mediators, South Sudan's rivals will start face-to-face talks on Sunday, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development announced (IGAD).

Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin of Ethiopia and General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya have been named as IGAD special envoys for South Sudan.

The pair will preside over the face-to-face negotiations, which will focus on the cessation of hostilities and the release of detainees.

The launch of the face-to-face talks comes following the failure to reach a ceasefire between the two sides.

Mesfin encouraged the two parties to stand committed to the upcoming face-to-face negotiations.

He described South Sudan as a nation that could not afford to go down the drain of civil war.

"History would ask the leaders of South Sudan if they stand up to the time…stand up to the people," he said.

Delegates representing President Salva Kiir and sacked vice president Reik Machar are in the Ethiopian capital for talks that aimed to end weeks of conflict in the country's newest nation.

Over the past three days, IGAD has been meeting the delegates separately on what has been dubbed “proxy talks.”

Fighting erupted in Juba in mid-December between army units loyal to Machar and other units loyal to Kiir.

Shortly later, the fighting seeped into other states, claiming the lives of hundreds of people and displacing tens of thousands.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2014, 09:22