South Sudan Peace Talks Suspended Indefinitely

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matt 24:6

Please take some time to pray for the leaders and people of Sudan, for their salvation and peace.

Peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan have been suspended indefinitely.

President Salva Kiir and his rival, rebel leader and former vice president, Riek Machar, had been meeting in Ethiopia since Tuesday, but the talks were adjourned on Friday with no peace agreement in place.

No further meetings have been scheduled.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in a statement on Friday that he regretted “the talks did not produce the necessary breakthrough”, adding that the failure was disappointing for mediators and observers who had tried their best to urge the warring factions to make concessions for peace.

“The consequences of inaction are the continued suffering of you, the people of South Sudan, and the prolonging of a senseless war in your country,” the statement said. “This is unacceptable, both morally and politically.”

Fighting erupted in December 2013 after a political dispute in which Kiir sacked Machar.

The fighting has killed more than 10,000 people and driven more than 1.5 million from their homes. The conflict runs along ethnic rifts that pre-date independence.

On Thursday, the mediator said the talks had extended to Friday to allow the two sides to finalise details of power sharing.

An African Union report, yet to be officially released, calls for Kiir and Machar to be barred from a transitional government and for the oil-producing country to effectively be placed under AU control, sources and a draft of the report said.   Source:  ALJAZEERA

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