South Sudan allocates USD40M to help integrate rival forces

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated USD40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war.

This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in the capital, Juba. Their talks continued yesterday on another key part of a peace deal that is yet to be resolved, the number of states.

South Sudan’s government had pledged USD100 million to help fund the peace process, and the USD40 million is part of that.

The international community has been pressing the rival sides to form a coalition government as a crucial part of the peace deal signed last year.

A November deadline to form that government was extended to February.