S. Sudan govt, rebel delegations in Addis for talks
Sunday, April 27, 2014
ADDIS ABABA – Delegations representing the South Sudanese government and rebels arrived Sunday in Addis Ababa for another round of peace talks that aim to end the ongoing conflict in the world's youngest country.
The two delegations checked into the Addis Ababa hotel where the talks are due to resume on Monday under the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Anadolu Agency reporter said.
The resumed talks come only days after the government decided to drop charges against four politicians linked to an alleged "coup" against President Salva Kiir.
Pagan Amum Okech, Oyai Deng Ajak, Majak D'Agoot and Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth were all arrested last December after Kiir accused his sacked vice president Riek Machar of attempting to stage a coup against his rule.
On Thursday, Justice Minister Paulino Wanawilla Unango said the charges against the four politicians had been dropped at Kiir's orders, citing public interest.
Unango, however, insisted that the case against three others – including Machar himself – was still underway.
The conflict in South Sudan has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that some one million South Sudanese have already been displaced by the violence.
In January, the two sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in the Ethiopian capital.
Since last month, the talks have been in recess.
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