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South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

Africa Report N°228, 27 July 2015

Talks led by East Africa’s IGAD offer the best chance to end South Sudan’s spreading war. International partners must put aside their disillusionment and rally to the regional body’s new IGAD-PLUS mechanism to help mediators reach a deal.

Keeping Faith in the IGAD Peace Process
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27 July 2015: For more than eighteen months, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body mediating peace negotiations to end South Sudan’s civil war, has struggled to secure a deal in the face of deep regional divisions and the parties’ truculence. In this video, Crisis Group's South Sudan Analyst Casie Copeland explains how to overcome these challenges.

Disorder Spreads Among Russian-Backed Ukrainian Rebels
Alexander Zakharchenko (R), leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), attend a news conference in Donetsk on 2 February 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

16 July 2015: On Tuesday morning Yelena Filippova, secretary to the head of Ukraine’s rebel Democratic People’s Republic (DPR) of Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, was badly injured when her car exploded as she drove to work. That afternoon, a prominent DPR politician was shot and wounded on one of the main streets of the city. With evening came fragmentary reports that a military building in central Donetsk had been blockaded by troops.

The Libyan Political Dialogue: An Incomplete Consensus
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16 July 2015: The preliminary political agreement that emerged from UN-led talks between Libyan rival factions at a signing ceremony in the Moroccan coastal resort town of Skhirat last week was a critical first step toward ending the Libyan civil war. Yet one side’s refusal to come on board without further amendments to the text potentially makes the agreement stillborn. Under the leadership of UN Special Representative Bernardino León, Libyan, regional and international actors should therefore put all their efforts into reaching a broader consensus on the text before proceeding to the next mileposts on the political roadmap, first and foremost the establishment of a national unity government, as well as security arrangements in Tripoli to support it.

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