South Sudan’s factional leaders meet to discuss stalled peace accord

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South Sudan's ex-rebel leader Riek Machar visiting the Capital, Juba after two years

 

Former South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar is making a rare visit to the capital Juba to meet with President Salva Kiir, officials said on Monday, raising hopes for progress in a stalled peace process.

The two men signed a pact a year ago to end a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced a third of the population and wrecked the economy.

But the roll-out of the accord, which called for a unity government, has been delayed because the government says it does not have enough money to fund disarmament and the integration of all the armed factions.

Titi