President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are expected to form a transitional government of national unity with in sixty days. It seems that both leaders have lost appetite on the peace process altogether. Ethiopia needs to play a neutral force and not be seen to side with Dr. Machar, since Uganda has declared support for President Kiir and its troops are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army.
By Barbra Among,
THE first group of 90 Ethiopian peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudan capital Juba, as the elements of Igad’s regional Protection and Deterrent Force begin to fall into place.
Their arrival a fortnight ago, however, does not pave the way for the near-term withdrawal of Ugandan troops from the conflict as the numbers are far below the required 2,500 boots on the ground.
But experts still see the deployment as a potential game changer as it places Ethiopia squarely at the centre of efforts to return peace to South Sudan. Continue reading Fresh Headache for Museveni as Rival Ethiopian Army Enters Juba