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S Sudan parties meet in Addis Ababa to discuss peace agreement

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Addis Ababa, November 9, 2019 (FBC) –The parties to the South Sudan peace agreement (R-ARCSS) met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

In her opening remark, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemene, said the consultative meeting was to consult on the deadline to form a pre-transitional government in South Sudan on November 12, 2019.

She commended the recent Entebbe, Uganda agreement between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to postpone formation of a transitional unity government by 100 days.

She also reiterated that it would be essential to make the agreement acceptable among all signatory parties and Peace Guarantors.

Hirut reiterated that it was encouraging to see that the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan have been maintained; camping soldiers of various armed groups have began and the African Union, Ethiopia, South Sudan, China and Japan have kept their promises to provide materials to set up the military camps.

On the other hand, she emphasized that the signatory parties should exert their energy in resolving some issues that have to be addressed properly.

She said conditions necessary for the establishment of a transitional government have not been met yet and transitional security arrangements and disputes regarding the number and boundaries of states have to be addressed.

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to extend by 100 days the formation of a coalition government.

The United States yesterday expressed its disappointment following the failure of the leaders to agree to form a power-sharing government by the decline.

According to Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, the US was considering all options to put pressure on individuals who impeded peace in the country.

A power-sharing agreement was signed between the warring parties in August 2018.