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This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.
"Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has told supporters of his formation of the Movement for Democratic Change, in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF, to get ready for a new round of elections within two years."
"Sudan's People Liberation Movement (SPLM) has dismissed as a ploy President Omar Hassan Bashir's call for dialogue."
"A leading international rights watchdog on Tuesday urged Sudan to rein in its forces in Darfur, saying renewed attacks in the restive region showed that the war was not over."
"President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday that Zimbabwe was ready for 'fresh and cooperative relations' with Western nations that have spearheaded global condemnation of his rule."
"The United States on Tuesday urged President Robert Mugabe to fully implement a power-sharing deal with the opposition and take steps toward democratic reform if he wants better Zimbabwean-US ties."