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South Sudan's president, rebel leader agree on gov't talks

Iran Press TV

Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:57AM GMT

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to hold talks on forming a transitional government in a bid to end the civil war in the world's youngest country, Press TV reports.

Kiir and Machar met on Tuesday night in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, at the presence of the heads of states of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). It was the second time the two met since the deadly conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013.

The two sides agreed on the establishment of an administration that will rule South Sudan until the holding of the country's next general elections.

"They agreed to complete the dialogue process within the coming 60 days on what, how, when and who to the culmination into the formation of transitional government of national unity," said IGAD Chairperson Hailemariam Desalegn.

The second face-to-face meeting between Kiir and Machar was a pre-requisite for the May 9 peace agreement that the two had signed in Ethiopia. The deal demands that progress of the agreement be assessed within a month of the signing.

A power struggle between Kiir and Machar, his former deputy Riek, turned deadly last year. The violence has been fueled by ethnic divisions between Kiir's Dinka tribe and Machar's Nuer.

The conflict has led to the killing of thousands and fleeing of nearly a million people.

Peacekeepers working in the current South Sudan mission are protecting around 80,000 civilians at UN bases.

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