SOUTH SUDAN VEEP MEETS ETHIOPIAN FM

ADDIS -- Ethiopia has been playing a leading role in bringing peace and stability to South Sudan, says its Vice-President, James Wani Igga, who is on a visit to this country.

He met Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom here Monday to brief him on the status of the peace process in South Sudan after the establishment of the transitional government.

The vice-president said Ethiopia's role in bringing South Sudan's opposing factions together was immense and that the South Sudanese government and opposition had agreed on most of the issues.

According to him, agreements were reached on ten issues out of 12 and minor differences remained only regarding two issues. The peace process was progressing well, he added.

Igga said South Sudan was very grateful for the efforts Ethiopia had been exerting to bring peace to South Sudan, adding that the agreement signed was under implementation so as to bring sustainable peace to the horn of Africa sub-region.

Asked about the Murle tribe, who committed violent acts against neighbouring tribes, the vice-president said they were not out of control and the government had started an awareness creation campaign to stop them from attacking their neighbours.

Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Tewolde Mulugeta later told journalists that Ethiopia had been striving to bring peace to South Sudan and would continue its support for these efforts through the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the eight-nation Horn of Africa sub-regional grouping.

He added that the two sides in the South Sudan conflict had agreed on ways of revitalizing their co-operation agreement which was signed earlier.

Source: Name News Network

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