South Sudan: Salva Kiir and Riek Macher sign peace deal

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Macher have signed a peace deal after talks initially broke down last week.

South Sudan’s ongoing peace process appeared to reach another stalemate last week as peace talks between the two opponents broke down in Ethiopia. However, the pair have struck a deal in another meeting in Khartoum, the capital of northern neighbour Sudan.

Kiir, Machar strike peace deal

Kiir and Machar met in Khartoum on Monday to resume peace talks and address key issues getting in the way of negotiations. Ahead of the talks, which were mediated by Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and attended by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Salva Kiir said there were disagreements remaining over the division of power and certain security agreements.

However, on Tuesday the two leaders reached a compromise on a number of key issues and announced a peace agreement would be signed on Wednesday.

The deal includes a permanent ceasefire, cantonments for all forces and the deployment of Igad and African Union troops to help ensure the ceasefire is successfully implemented.

Featured image: By USAID Africa Bureau – A young girl hangs the South Sudan flag, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21460264

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.