South Sudan leaders to sign peace deal today

It follows two days of talks in the Sudanese capital between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar in Addis Ababa for a working visit on 20 June 2018 ahead of talks. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Foreign Ministry in Khartoum has invited journalists to witness the signing of a South Sudan peace deal on Wednesday.

It follows two days of talks in the Sudanese capital between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

After three failed peace bids, caution is the watchword in reporting on efforts to end South Sudan’s five-year civil war. Journalists in Khartoum say they’ve seen a framework agreement to be inked on Wednesday.

It commits both sides to a permanent ceasefire and allows the regional grouping Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union to deploy troops to monitor this.

It allows the host country, Sudan to secure the oilfields in its southern neighbour and reinstate the oil wells.

It establishes Wau and Malakal as capitals of South Sudan along with Juba.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)