South Sudan

South Sudan Stakeholder Peace Negotiations Halted


thumb geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) Communications Officer, view Tigist Hailu, said “We will update you as new dates, time is set.”

In an email last week, Hailu said the launch would be “a milestone event for the Mediation Process as The SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees), other political parties, civil society and faith leaders will sit at the negotiation table for the first time.”

She did not give reasons as to why the conference did not take place.

However, the development comes against the backdrop of threats from the South Sudan rebels that they will not participate in future negotiations with the Juba government until they are satisfied with the transparency of the “selection and participation of the stakeholders.”

“The SPLM/SPLA delegation engaged the mediators in consultative meetings have come to conclude the process of selecting the stakeholders to the symposium has not been transparent and inclusive,” the rebel movement said in a statement to Chimpreports on Monday.

“There were no criteria for selecting participants to the symposium. The stakeholders outside government controlled areas, aggrieved IDPs in UNMISS camps, those who fled to neighbouring countries for fear of their lives to Ethiopia, Kenya, the Sudan, Uganda, and the diasporas were excluded,” said Hussein Mar Nyuot, spokesperson to the Peace Talks, SPLM/SPLA.

““We need clarification on these issues before the opening of the next round of the peace talks.”

Observers say the rebels’ decision to set tough conditions for the peace talks could reignite tensions in the war-torn country.

IGAD recently revealed that a multi-stakeholder symposium to initiate an inclusive phase of the South Sudan peace process that was held on 6-7 June 2014 at the UNECA premises in Addis Ababa was concluded successfully.

More than 250 South Sudanese representing the government, the opposition, political parties, faith-based groups and civil society organizations participated in the event.

During the symposium, renowned international experts offered overview presentations in key thematic areas, including: transitional governance arrangements and interim institutions; justice, reconciliation and healing; security arrangements; and constitutional development and reform.

Later, participants informally explored and discussed the issues with the subject matter experts, in order to further advance their understanding and concept of the issues.

It was hoped that such engagements would cultivate a fertile ground in the search for a peaceful, home-grown and political solution to the crisis in South Sudan.


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