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ICC Note: Church led peace talks achieved a cease fire signed between South Sudan leadership and rebel leaders. The peace talks are still ongoing, however, they have committed to ending the bloodshed in the country.

05/24/2018 South Sudan(Anglican Communion News Service) – The Anglican Archbishop of South Sudan has led five days of mediated peace talks between the warring parties in South Sudan. The talks reached agreement on three of the 11 demands made by opposition groups, including a recommitment to the cessation of hostilities. Talks on the remaining eight unresolved issues will now continue under the leadership of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Archbishop Justin Badi Arama, who was only installed as Primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan last month, led the talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa alongside a number of other South Sudanese religious leaders.

Speaking to Radio Miraya at the end of the talks, Archbishop Justin said that the religious leaders met with the factions in Addis Ababa for the “hectic” round of talks to “continue the process of revitalisation” in response to the pain that people of South Sudan had been experiencing. “We were able to offer ourselves and to engage with the different parties, pray with them [and] encourage them,” he said.

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