EYEAFRICA TV: Juba, South Sudan: Clouds of peace are forming in South Sudan as regional leaders hold meeting to chart a way forward to achieve total peace in in the country.
Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni is seen on arrival at Juba International Airport where he was received by his South Sudanese counterpart President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
The impromptu peace meeting that is being held in Juba, is attended by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Rt. Hon. Abby Ahmed who is also the current chairperson of IGAD and also the main broker of the peace deal in Sudan.
Present at the meeting include the current Sudanese parties including the Revolutionary Front represented by Dr. El-Hadi Idris Mustafa and the SPLM North represented by Gen. Abdalla Aziz Adam El Hilu.
Regional leaders also expected at the meeting are that of Somalia and Eritrea.
Last year Human Right Watch observed that a “revitalised” peace agreement signed by government and opposition leaders did not end the fighting between government, and various rebel forces.
All parties to the conflict committed serious abuses, including indiscriminate attacks against civilians including aid workers, unlawful killings, sexual violence, and use of child soldiers.
Since the conflict started in December 2013, more than 4 million people have fled their homes, with over two million taking refuge in neighboring countries.
Close to 200,000 people are living in six UN “protection of civilians” sites across the country with seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance.