On 23 January the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and SPLM/A-Opposition signed the Cease-fire and Detainees Agreements in Addis Ababa.
PAX welcomes this as an important step with regards to protecting civilians from further violence, and as a first opening towards negotiations which should address the underlying causes of the recent conflict. At the same time though, there’s need for caution. Further negotiations will presumably start in a about a week. The focus should now be on true democratization, security reform and bottom-up nation building.
Read The shaky path to peace, the Addis Ababa Agreements with the recommendations from PAX for starting a national dialogue and ensuring a lasting peace in South Sudan.