High hopes of South Sudanese for peaceful solution through talks

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Citizens of South Sudan are hoping the peace talks in Ethiopia between the two sides of the South Sudanese conflict, will bring an end to the crisis.

President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar are to meet face-to face on Friday in Addis Ababa, for the first time since the conflict broke out in December 2013.

The two leaders are expected to discuss ways of ending the crisis that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced around a million people.

The UN has accused both sides of crimes against humanity, including mass killings and sexual slavery.

This citizen in Juba is optimistic about the talks.

“I expect the President to take the lead as the President of the people. Myself, I know, he will not come back without making that peace. And I expect also the former Vice President Dr Riek Machar not to go back to the bush but come back to Juba and settle the problem they have within the party, not in war.”

The UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, said it hopes the meeting will reinvigorate the peace process, produce a political solution and put an immediate end to the violence.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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