South Sudan: PM Hailemariam Leaves for Juba, S. Sudan

Heavy fighting was raging Thursday in South Sudan's key oil-producing north, officials said, although neighbours Kenya and Ethiopia said they had made ... ( Resource: Progess in Efforts to Broker End of S.Sudan Civil War

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left for Juba, South Sudan on Thursday to help seek a solution for the recent political crisis in that country.

Given its peacekeeping and peacemaking role in the Horn of Africa region and being the current chair of the African Union, Ethiopia is believed to play a key role in bringing together the parties to the conflict in South Sudan.

During his stay in Juba, the Premier is expected to assess the implementation of the peace proposal by IGAD foreign ministers.

The ongoing conflict between supporters of President and Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar is believed to have claimed the lives of not less than 1000 people.

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