South Sudan Peace Talks Collapse
(Reuters) – Troubled talks to end more than a year of fighting in South Sudan broke up without a deal on Friday, prompting the mediator to say leaders on both sides were failing in their duty to find peace.
The adjournment was the latest impasse in negotiations over the world’s youngest country — where a political row between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar triggered a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.
Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister and the chairman of regional body IGAD which is hosting the talks in Addis Ababa, said he had asked both sides to offer compromises rather than just repeat their old positions.
“Both regional and world leaders joined this call. Unfortunately, as the missed deadline shows, our pleas have not been heeded,” he added in a statement.
Kiir and Machar had said they wanted peace, but others “continue to beat the drums of war,” he said.
In a message to the South Sudanese people, Hailemariam added: “Leadership is never easy, but continuing a war flagrantly disregards the interests of you, the people. It is an abdication of the most sacred duty leaders have to you, their people: to deliver peace, prosperity and stability.”