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Kiir-Machar meeting likely to reduce fighting, halt offensives, and trigger production resumption in South Sudan’s Unity Oilfields

21 June 2018

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir met on 20 June in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the first time in nearly two years with former South Sudanese vice-president and leader of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar.

They discussed potential ways of reviving the dead 2015 Comprehensive Peace Agreement they both signed to end the civil war that started in December 2013. Machar left South Sudan in June 2016 after fighting broke out between his forces and those loyal to President Kiir. He has been in South Africa since, under conditions his supporters have described as house arrest.

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