African mediators fly to S. Sudan for Machar talks

IGAD mediators left Addis Ababa for talks with sacked vice president Riek Machar.

African mediators fly to S. Sudan for Machar talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mediators of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) left Addis Ababa for South Sudan on Saturday for talks with sacked vice president Riek Machar.

Led by former Ethiopian foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, the negotiators will hold talks with Machar on the outcome of their talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, IGAD sources said.

The mediators met with the South African president on Tuesday in an attempt to reach understandings over disputed issues between delegations representing Kiir and Machar, a source said.

According to the source, face-to-face talks between the two rivals still stumble on the issues of the ceasefire and release of detainees.

IGAD sources said that Saturday's talks are part of mediation efforts to resolve the South Sudanese crisis.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against him.

A subsequent government crackdown landed many of Machar's supporters in jail, but he managed to flee to Jonglei State, a stronghold of his Nuer tribe.

In the fighting that has raged ever since, more than 190,000 people have reportedly been displaced.

Representatives of Kiir and Machar began IGAD-mediated talks in Addis Ababa last week in an attempt to resolve the crisis in the nascent country.

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