As peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels in Addis Ababa stall yet again, aid agencies warn that the crisis is driving the nation to famine. Are flaws in the implementation of earlier deals to blame?
The US think tank Fund for Peace has declared South Sudan as the most fragile state in world, beating even Somalia to the bottom of its ranking table.
South Sudan’s troubles run deep, but can be partly traced back to the recent past before it became an independent nation in 2011.
The spokesman for South Sudan’s military says the army, with the constitutional responsibility to protect the country, has the right to arm itself. This comes as reports say South Sudan has taken delivery of Chinese arms valued at $14.5 million.
Colonel Philip Aguer denies the acquisition of new weapons leaves an impression that Juba is not interested in a peaceful end to the seven-month long civil war.
AN East African Community (EAC) high level delegation in Juba, South Sudan, has been assured that the current conflict in some parts of the country will soon be sorted out. South Sudan Vice-President, Mr James Wani Igga, affirmed that Jubans would soon resume their normal lives and enjoy the fruits of an independent nation.
A statement from the EAC mission in South Sudan, which was made available here, said the Sudanese leader was officiating at a meeting between the EAC mission and the South Sudan Accession Technical Sub -Committees at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in the country’s capital, Juba.