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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


South Sudan

Low expectations for peace talks

As the two sides in the conflict meet in Addis they trade accusations of unwarranted attacks. The notion of talks being 'revitalised' is already coming under question

The 'High Level Revitalisation Forum' in Addis Ababa looked doomed as soon as it began on 18 December. Several military offensives are already in progress and are unlikely to stop. The Forum, organised by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), is supposed to resurrect the peace pact that President Salva Kiir Mayardit and rebel leader Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon signed in 2015, but which collapsed spectacularly last July when Riek was forced out of the country amid heavy bloodshed.

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