South Sudan peace talks should be fully inclusive, underscores UNMISS

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A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School. © UNHCR/K.Gebreegziabher

The importance of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement in South Sudan has been emphasized by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

Representatives of the government as well as the opposition have returned to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for a second round of peace talks aimed at ending two months of conflict in the country.

A ceasefire between the warring parties was reached on 4 January, but has not been fully observed.

UNMISS has received reports of fighting between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLM) and anti-government forces in Manyo County.

And in Nassir, in Upper Nile State, the Mission reports the situation to be volatile.

The Mission said that all South Sudanese political and civil society representatives, including detainees of the SPLM should participate in a national political dialogue.

UNMISS continues its military and police patrols in locations around the country.

Overall, approximately 75,000 civilians are being protected in a number of UN sites across the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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