President Yoweri Museveni with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir
President Yoweri Museveni with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir

Efforts to resolve the 13-month conflict in South Sudan seem to make a break through as rival factions of the ruling Sudan People?s Liberation Movement (SPLM) were expected to sign an agreement in the Tanzanian town of Arusha on today (Wednesday), according to the country?s foreign ministry.

President Yoweri Museveni with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir
President Yoweri Museveni with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir

Signing ceremony to be held at the Ngurdoto Hotel in Arusha is to be attended by regional Heads of State among them the Presidents of Uganda, Tanzania; South Africa, Kenya, South Sudan; the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and former Vice President of South Sudan, according to the Sudan Tribune.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation announced that the warring factions? SPLM and SPLM in opposition had reached a successful conclusion to the dialogue and would therefore sign a ?symbolising? agreement aimed at unifying the historical party.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni would attend the ceremony, expected to diffuse the 13-month conflict that has engulfed South Sudan.

?The President has already travelled and has led a Ugandan delegation,? Ofwono Opondo said. Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi has twitted that President Yoweri Museveni had already travelled to Arusha for the ceremony.

Trouble flared up in Africa?s newest nation on December 15, 2013 following clashes between forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, plunging the country into a civil and a humanitarian crisis amid numerous efforts to resolve the conflict.

Steven Candia, The New Vision

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