Doubt surrounds the peace process in South Sudan. Leaders missed a critical deadline this week and have asked for a 100-day extension. MNN spoke to Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton about these developments and more.
“Are they going to work out their differences? Is there going to be a legitimate unity government? Those are questions that we don’t know the answer to right now,” Nettleton says.
“When you think about [it], they’ve already applied for an extension that didn’t work. Now, they’re asking for another extension. It’s not looking hopeful.”
Is peace unattainable in South Sudan?
As outlined here by BBC News, war has been part of South Sudan’s identity from the very beginning. Bloodshed surrounded South Sudan’s birth as the world’s newest nation in 2011, and conflict between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, started a new civil war in 2013.
Five years after the war claimed nearly 400,000 lives and displaced 2.24 million people, Kiir and Machar finally signed a peace agreement. November 12, 2019, was supposed to signal the start of a new era – one where a unified government directs the affairs of South Sudan. Instead, Kiir and Machar postponed for yet another 100 days.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth