South Sudan – 22 April 2016

South Sudan Peace Talks Imperiled by New Squabbles

A long-awaited peace deal to end the civil war in South Sudan that has killed tens of thousands is being imperiled again, this time mainly by squabbles over how many weapons and soldiers the opposition can bring with it to the capital.

The opposition leader, Riek Machar, was scheduled to fly to the capital, Juba, on Monday this week to be reinstated as vice president and form a transitional government with his rival, President Salva Kiir. His return is seen as crucial to ending the war that has torn apart the young country.

New York Times


South Sudan, Rebels In Weaponry Wrangle Over Machar’s Return

South Sudan’s government and rebels are wrangling over weaponry and therefore still at odds over the terms for allowing rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the capital, a government negotiator said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the two sides said a deal had been reached on Machar’s delayed return to form a unity government.