Regional African body IGAD urges dialogue to ease South Sudan tensions

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Regional African body IGAD urges dialogue to ease South Sudan tensions

Regional African body IGAD called Monday on rival military factions of South Sudanese First Vice President Riek Machar’s movement to open the path for dialogue after deadly fighting at the weekend.

At least 30 people were reported dead in the clashes that broke out on Saturday, just days after Machar’s foes in his SPLA-IO said they had ousted him as party leader and head of its armed forces.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) called an emergency meeting of its foreign ministers, saying the current political situation in the young nation required “the urgent attention of the council.”

IGAD executive secretary Workneh Gebeyehu said on Twitter he had called on the warring factions to settle their differences peacefully.

“I called on SPLM/SPLA-IO leaders to open the avenues of dialogue to settle differences in a peaceful manner so as to safeguard the implementation of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict,” he said, referring to Machar’s umbrella Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition.

The East African bloc has been a key player in peace talks to end the young country’s five-year civil war between forces loyal to Machar and his old foe President Salva Kiir that cost almost 400,000 lives.

 

By  Talkofjuba

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