S. Sudan stakeholders discuss transition arrangements

By Addis Getachew, Monday, August 11, 2014

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar, of plotting to overthrow his regime.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar, of plotting to overthrow his regime.

ADDIS ABABA – Representatives of South Sudan's warring rivals, as well as other stakeholders, met Monday in Addis Ababa to discuss issues related to the country's political transition and the constitution-drafting process, a negotiator with the rebel delegation to the Addis Ababa talks has said.

"We are all together and proceeding with lectures on interim arrangements and constitution making," Goy Joyool Yol told Anadolu Agency in the Ethiopian capital.

On Friday, Seyoum Mesfin, chief mediator for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African trade bloc that has been actively mediating the talks, announced the resumption of negotiations, which he said aimed to put an end to "talks about talks."

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar, of plotting to overthrow his regime.

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have since been displaced by fighting between the rival camps, while large swathes of the population continue to face an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis.

In recent months, the two sides have held on-again, off-again peace talks – mediated by the Djibouti-based IGAD – in Addis Ababa.

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