AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Nothing has come out of the negotiations to end the fighting
Juba (Agenzia Fides) – There is no agreement to end the fighting in South Sudan. The talks between the delegation of former President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar in Addis Ababa have so far not led to any agreement.
The delegation of Machar accuses the government of Kiir of intransigence, because it was not willing to accept their demands, especially with regards to the release of political prisoners and the withdrawal of Ugandan troops.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation remains serious. According to International Crisis Group 10,000 people have died in South Sudan since December 15, when fighting broke out between soldiers loyal to President Kiir and those who support former Vice President Machar.
The UN estimates that IDPs are more than half a million. The town of Bor, Bentiu and Malakal, have been devastated during the fighting. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 23/01/2014)
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