South Africa’s Deputy President to hold talks with various leaders involved in South Sudan’s peace talks

South Africa’s Deputy President, David Mabuza is having meetings with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir in attempts to reinforce the enactment of a deal to end the five-year civil war.

“During this visit, the deputy president will also engage with the leadership of political formations in South Sudan, the members of the diplomatic corps and other institutions created to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement, “the Deputy President’s office said in an emailed statement.

South Sudan’s President signed an agreement to end hostilities with Riek Machar (Sudan’s chief rebel leader) in June. The two signed another agreement in September, an agreement to share leadership in the new government.  

It has been reported by the United Nations (UN) that the two leaders do not trust each other.

According to Bloomberg.com, both sides have been accused of atrocities in the conflict that began in December 2013. A report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine last month said there may have been almost 400 000 “excess deaths” due to the war.

 

Source: Bloomberg

 

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