5 January 2014

South Sudan: Sudan's Bashir to Visit Juba On Monday - Report

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Khartoum — The Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, will visit Juba on Monday to hold talks with his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on the current situation in South Sudan.

Last month, clashes erupted in South Sudan with fighting among a group of soldiers in the capital, Juba. The violence quickly spread to several states, cleaving the nation along the ethnic fault line of rebel leader Riek Machar's Nuer and President Salva Kiir's Dinka.

The correspondent of the pro-government Ashorooq TV in Juba, Mustafa Kur, reported that sources in South Sudan's foreign ministry affirmed Bahsir's visit to Juba on Monday to meet with Kiir, saying that talks between the two presidents will complement the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation efforts.

The IGAD is attempting to broker a deal to end weeks of conflict that has killed over 1,000 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their home.

Delegations of the two conflicting sides have held the first round of face-to-face talks in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Kur pointed that consequently the scheduled visit of South Sudan's foreign minister to Sudan on Monday would be cancelled, saying that South Sudan's army is investigating the heavy shooting which took place in Juba last night and will hold a press conference to inform media on what really happened.

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