South Su­dan rebel leader re­turns to Juba

The National - News - - NEWS WORLD -

South Su­danese rebel leader Riek Machar will re­turn to the cap­i­tal Juba to cel­e­brate a peace deal to­day, more than two years af­ter he fled the coun­try. Mr Machar’s of­fice said he would hold joint peace cel­e­bra­tions with Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir. The coun­try en­tered into a civil war in 2013 when troops loyal to Mr Kiir clashed with forces loyal to Mr Machar, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent. Fight­ing along eth­nic lines spread across the state, shut­ting down oil­fields, forc­ing mil­lions to flee and killing tens of thou­sands. Un­der pressure from the UN, US and other western donors, Mr Machar and other in­sur­gent fac­tions signed a peace deal with the govern­ment in Au­gust. He fled to the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of the Congo in 2016 af­ter an ear­lier peace deal col­lapsed.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.