South Sudan

Peace Talks to Resume In Addis Ababa


shop geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>”We expect the talks to resume soon, discount ” the Spokesperson of the Government delegation Hon. Michael Makuei told reporters shortly before takeoff at Juba International Airport.

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Initially set to resume on the March 20, the two parties to the talks were unable to meet as scheduled due to a demand by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan that ‘certain provision’ in the Communiqué of IGAD Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of States on South Sudan issued on March 13, be dropped.

Hon. Makuei, who doubles as the Information Minister said a “letter of objection’’ was sent through the country’s chief negotiator to the chairman of the IGAD to the talks.

“Resolution number 10 and 11 of the IGAD March communiqué, recognises the detainees and the importance of their participation in the talks, in addition, the communiqué gave the envoys the right to appoint or nominate the participation of anybody in the talks…… the government of South Sudan requested these articles be deleted,” Hon Makuei explained.

“We have not yet received any responds from the chairman, but the government delegation is going to Addis Ababa to go and attend to the process,” he added.

Asked what the delegation would do in case its demands are not met by the peace brokers, Hon. Makuei said “we will decide there and then”.

The Government has maintained its stance on the inclusion of the seven released detainees accused of having played a role in the Mid December aborted Coup attempt as ‘third party’ to the talks.

Hon. Makuei says his delegation is ‘hopeful’ that they will come back with peace.

“We hope things will be normal, that the talks can start between us and the rebels so that we create a conducive atmosphere for the people of South Sudan.”

The Information observed ending the 3rd round of talks successfully would propel the country to the next level of peace efforts.

He, however, called on all peace loving South Sudan to exercise some level of patience while waiting for the outcome of the talks.

“Negotiation is a process, it not an event. It should not be a surprise to anybody that the talks are talking long; Hon. Makuei a judge by training, said while adding “what is most important is the outcome of those talks not how long it takes”.



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