Warring Leaders of South Sudan Meet for Peace Talks

The two leaders at the center of the brutal civil war in South Sudan, which plunged the earth’s youngest nation into a humanitarian crisis, have met face to face for peace talks for initially in several years.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, met on Wednesday night with his former vice president, Riek Machar, who leads the country’s main opposition forces, within the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Yet as the day of talks proceeded on Thursday, the two sides were clear in which there was no conclusion on a potential peace deal.

A statement by Mr. Machar’s opposition spokesman called the initial meeting “cordial” as well as said in which “the two leaders discussed the prospects for peace in broad terms.” however the statement said in which “for any meaningful dialogue to take place, This particular should be within the context of a comprehensive political settlement, to ensure in which the guns can fall silent as well as a conducive environment for dialogue established.”

The meeting was facilitated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, who encouraged the two leaders to gather for an awkward hug.

“The two leaders at the highest level have agreed to come together, as well as in which can be significant,” Mr. Rao said. “as well as what we are seeing, there can be a groundswell, there can be a level of frustration as well as desperation as well as there can be a lot of push by civil society organizations. They said, ‘Do not come back without peace.’”

however the work in which humanitarian groups like his have done in South Sudan has been undone repeatedly because of the fighting.

The South Sudan Civil Society Forum — a coalition of dozens of South Sudanese organizations — has been instrumental in galvanizing support for an end to the conflict.