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Vol 59 No 6

Published 23rd March 2018

South Sudan

Salva stalls the peacemakers

The government is exploiting Riek Machar's obduracy to push back against pressure from the mediators in Addis Ababa

South Sudan's sequestered president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, made a rare excursion out of Juba the first week of March. Rarer still, the trip was within the country's borders. 'I want you to tell your sons who are still carrying arms in the bushes of South Sudan to lay them down and come in to join the peace process,' he said in Nimule, the strategic town on the border with Uganda, after visiting the grave of his late wife in Loa, an abandoned nearby village where she was buried in 1993 during the liberation war.

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