South Sudan urged to end ‘nightmare’ as fresh peace talks open


South Sudan has been urged to put an end to its ongoing civil war as a new round of peace talks began in Ethiopia on Monday.

Ethiopia’s foreign minister Workneh Gebeyehu described South Sudan’s conflict a “nightmare” and told the country’s delegates they are responsible for the current situation in the world’s youngest country. He warned delegates that this is their last chance to implement a viable peace agreement after multiple failed attempts in recent years.

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“You, collectively, by your personal and political interests are responsible for the nightmare your own people are going through,” Gebeyehu told South Sudanese delegates on Monday who had gathered at the opening of talks hosted by the IGAD regional bloc.

“You have had numerous opportunities to change directions. You have repeatedly failed to do so. This really is the very last chance for you to accept your responsibilities and take the necessary actions to ensure South Sudanese peace and prosperity.”

The latest round of peace talks come days after the US imposed an arms embargo against South Sudan while urging the UN to impose a global embargo against the country. The EU has also imposed sanctions against numerous officials as pressure mounts against the government to prevent further conflict.

South Sudan’s civil war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, including more than a million refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Featured image: “South Sudan Independence Day Celebration at Diversey Harbor Grove” flickr photo by danxoneil shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

About Aaron Brooks

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.