South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returns to Juba
The rebel leader, who is welcomed to the capital by President Salva Kiir, attends a peace ceremony attended by regional leaders
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time in more than two years on Wednesday for a ceremony to welcome the latest peace accord for the war-ravaged country. Machar, who under the terms of the September deal is to be reinstated as vice-president, had not set foot in the city since he fled in July 2016 under a hail of gunfire when an earlier peace agreement collapsed. The latest deal aims to end a civil war that erupted in the world’s youngest country in December 2013 and uprooted about 4-million people, about a third of the population.
The rebel chief was welcomed at Juba’s airport by President Salva Kiir, Machar’s former ally turned bitter enemy. The two rivals joined regional leaders at the ceremony to publicly welcome the most recent agreement, signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. UN Mission in South Sudan chief David Shearer hailed the moment of co-operation and said that building trust would be crucial, according to a sta...