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South Sudanese religious leaders say trust critical to long-term peace

As South Sudanese peace negotiations tackled the last outstanding issues, Church leaders called for genuine dialogue, healing and trust building, so that politicians have the will to implement a peace pact.

Talks between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in Khartoum in neighboring Sudan entered the home stretch with negotiators fine-tuning the final chapter on power-sharing arrangements and governance, according to sources.

A comprehensive agreement was expected to be finalised on 26th July after earlier talks yielded a cease-fire. Underway since June, the talks were aimed at ending a civil war that ignited in December 2013 as a dispute between the two senior politicians.

A final agreement has been delayed by a failure of parties to agree on the number of vice presidents, ministers, legislators and states.

As the talks entered the final stretch, Fr James Oyet Latansio, general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches, said there were fears that the agreement will not be inclusive and may not serve the interests of ordinary citizens.

Picture: South Sudan President Salva Kiir is welcomed by supporters on his return from peace talks in Kampala on 9th July at the Juba Airport. As South Sudanese peace negotiations tackled the last outstanding issues, Church leaders called for genuine dialogue, healing and trust building, so that politicians have the will to implement a peace pact. (CNS photo/Andreea Campeanu, Reuters).