IGAD says peace talks between South Sudan Government and rebel forces resumed

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April 29, 2014

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has reported on Monday, the April 28, 2014 that peace talks between the South Sudan Government and rebel forces that have once stopped have now resumed again. The venue for the talks is the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The resumption of dialogue has once again sparked a fresh optimism amongst the people in the country which is facing rebel attacks for a while now.

The earlier round of talks have adjourned on April 7, 2014 to allow for consultations when the rebel forces accepted an offer for fast tracking the negotiation process to avert further escalation of the conflict.

The US expressed its concern at the increase in violence in the country. In fact, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry was reported to have called South Sudan President Salva Kiir, welcoming the decision to release the four detainees ahead of the talks. The four officials released are the former Security Minister, Oyay Deng Ajak, former secretary-general of South Sudan's ruling party (SPLM), Pagan Amum Okiech, former Defence minister, Majak D'Agoot and its former US envoy, Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth.

John Kerry is likely to visit Africa to discuss with leaders on the escalating violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic. "We're going to continue to push. But it may be that sanctions are one of the things that have to take impact. We're evaluating that now," said Kerry.

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