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Following the sacking by South Sudan’s President of his former deputy Riek Machar for alleged coup attempt in December 2013, South Sudan had quickly slid down into what many fear would become a potentially protracted civil war that turned the nation’s two major ethnic groups, the Dinka and the Neur, where President Kiir and rebel leader Machar hail from respectively, against each other. A mediation effort led by the regional block Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and supported by, among others, the Troika (Norway, UK, and the US), as well as the EU, the UN and China has produced a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that helped ease major violence but it is far from bringing peace to South Sudan and its people. Our Editor-In-Chief Tsedale Lemma interviewed Ambassador Tim Morris, the British Representative in the Troika, on the current situation in South Sudan and progresses made in the IGAD led negotiations: Excerpts: