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Kenya to Convene Third Round of South Sudan Peace Negotiations

Kenya to Convene Third Round of South Sudan Peace Negotiations

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta will convene the third session of face-to-face meetings between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

The two South Sudan leaders are expected to agree on the implementation of a peace accord signed in July as well as chart the next step in the reconciliation process led by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, a regional eight-nation bloc, the Kenya presidency said Thursday in an emailed statement.

Sudan’s President Umar al-Bashir hosted the second round of peace talks that resulted in the so-called Khartoum Peace Agreement, according to the statement. Kiir and Machar agreed to share power in a transitional government, even as other groups refused to back the accord that’s supposed to end an almost five-year civil war.