Presidents Salva Kiir of South Sudan and ‘Umar al-Bashir of Sudan came into last Friday’s meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa having vowed – on a number of occasions – to make a serious push toward implementing the cooperation agreements signed in Addis Ababa last September.

Yet, as has become the norm throughout this long and drawn out process, the two leaders left the African Union (AU) brokered meeting having achieved precious little. The one thing that was decided on however, was a deadline of three months from 25 January, by which the two sides have to address outstanding issues. (CONTINUED - 953 WORDS)