Prospects for Inclusive Peace in South Sudan
Three years after the beginning of civil war in South Sudan, conditions for civilians continue to deteriorate with tens of thousands killed and more than a million people fleeing to neighbouring countries. Sustained fighting is likely in the dry season, leading senior UN officials to warn that the country is on the path towards genocide.
President Salva Kiir initiated a national dialogue to bring about unity and consolidate peace at a time when the pre-conditions for peace and reconciliation do not exist in many parts of the country. With the main opposition fractured, Riek Machar, the former first vice-president and leader of the armed opposition, is in South Africa and is reportedly being prevented from returning. Resolving Machar’s position and that of various armed groups, is critical to any genuine national dialogue.
Angelina Teny will present the SPLM-IO’s position on current developments and the prospects for an inclusive peace process.
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