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South Sudan rival factions sign framework agreement in Tanzania.

October 20, 2014 (ARUSHA, Tanzania) -- Factions of the ruling party in South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM), have signed a framework agreement which aims to address the root causes of the conflict that erupted in mid-December and plunged the country into violence.

SPLM factions sign framework agreement, in Arusha, Tanzania on October 20, 2014 (Photo ST)

The document was signed on Monday in the Tanzanian northern town of Arusha and witnessed by the two principal rival leaders, namely president Salva Kiir, who chairs the SPLM in government and Riek Machar, former vice president and leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition.

SPLM of former detainees also participated in the talks and inked the document as well.

President Jakaya Kikwete chairs the Tanzanian ruling party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

The three rival groups of the ruling party met in Arusha from 12th to 18th of this month to try to come up with the framework in the process hosted and facilitated by the Tanzanian government.

The framework highlighted preamble, principles, objectives and agenda that will be discussed in the intra-SPLM dialogue. It also included rule of engagement and role of CCM.

It however said the process is distinct from the peace talks which take place Ethiopia.

"The parties recognize that the Arusha process is essentially an intra-SPLM dialogue and is separate and distinct from the IGAD mediated peace talks among South Sudanese stakeholders. Yet the parties are fully aware that the two processes, although separate, are mutually interdependent and reinforcing," partly reads a communique.

The document recommits the parties to the principles of democracy.

Both leaders expressed their commitment to the intra-party dialogue that would reunite the party.

(ST)

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Date:Oct 21, 2014
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