South Sudan to hold 3-day all-inclusive peace talks

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ADDIS ABABA – Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), an East Africa regional body, is to hold a three-day symposium  in Addis Ababa for an inclusive peace talks on South Sudan.

This is coming ahead of UN planned deployment of peacekeeping force to help restore law and order in country.

IGAD-mediated South Sudan negotiations adjourned for 12 days, beginning May 19 to enable affected parties engage in consultations after establishing two committees that were expected to fast-track cease agreement.

The regional body said in a on Wednesday that the symposium would be convened as part of the ongoing IGAD-led mediation process to proffer solutions to the ongoing South Sudan crisis.

The said the multi-stakeholder symposium would hold at the AU Commission premises in Addis Ababa between June 5 and June 7.

According to the , some 150 delegates, drawn from the South Sudan Government, the SPLM/A in opposition, Organisations and opposition political parties will attend the meeting.

Others included faith- based groups and traditional leaders would “initiate the inclusive phase of the mediation process based on a consensual, roundtable, multi- dialogue’’.

President Salva Kiir of Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr Riek Machar, former Vice President of the RSS and leader of SPLM/A-in Opposition, on 9 May signed an agreement in Addis Ababa committing to the cease agreement.

They also committed to seeking an inclusive political solution to the crisis in South Sudan that led to of hundreds of thousands of persons, while some estimated one million others had been in the crises that broke on Dec. 15.

The UN Refugee Agency said it recorded more than 370,000 South Sudan refugees in various camps across Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan during the more than six of fighting in the youngest African country