S. Sudan leader arrives in Ethiopia for peace talksArchive
ADDIS ABABA: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday for peace talks aimed at brokering an end to civil war, reversing an earlier decision as international threats of possible sanctions mount.
But Kiir, who said he had been “compelled” to join the talks alongside rebel leaders and regional presidents, warned it would not be possible to sign a lasting or full peace deal until all opposition factions could join the agreement.
“A peace that cannot be sustained cannot be signed,” Kiir said, before leaving Juba.
“You should sign something that you will enjoy. If it is signed today and then tomorrow we go back to war, then what have we achieved?” South Sudan’s government and rebels are under intense diplomatic pressure to sign a deal by Aug 17 to end a 20-month civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.
Kiir previously said he would send his deputy after complaining it was not possible to strike an effective deal because rebel forces have split.
Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2015
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