South Sudan cannot afford another “exclusive” political deal

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South Sudan cannot afford another exclusive political settlement – By Paul Murphy

Posted on January 25, 2014

UN compounds in South Sudan have remained a last place of refuge for civilians attempting to escape the fighting.

As the number of people killed and displaced by South Sudan’s bloody, month-long civil conflict continues to rise, negotiations taking place in Addis Ababa have inevitably focused on requirements for a ceasefire. An agreement came on 23 January, when negotiators representing the President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar signed a deal outlining these requirements along with commitments to end the brutal attacks on civilians carried out by both sides since the start of the crisis.

While welcome, the readiness of the protagonists to actually stop the fighting remains deeply uncertain. Developments on the ground suggest South Sudan’s leaders remain committed to seeking military advantages to improve political power in negotiations. Just before…

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