South Sudan peace talks postponed until Friday

ADDIS ABABA (AA) – Peace talks between South Sudan’s rivals will resume in Addis Ababa on Friday, a source in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Wednesday.

The peace talks were scheduled to start on Wednesday but were postponed until Friday, the source told Anadolu Agency.

No reason, however, was given for the postponement.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice-president Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his regime.

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have since been displaced in subsequent fighting, while large swathes of the population continue to face an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis.

In recent months, South Sudan’s rivals held on-again, off-again peace negotiations in Addis Ababa under the IGAD auspices.

In June, both sides agreed to form a transitional government within 60 days, i.e., before August 10.

 

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