South Sudan

Why Rebels, Gov't Boycotted Peace Talks


clinic geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Chimpreports today broke the news that rebels had “come to conclude the process of selecting the stakeholders to the symposium has not been transparent and inclusive, drugs ” arguing, “There were no criteria for selecting participants to the symposium.”

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“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.

“In the light of the above, the SPLM/SPLA seriously objects to this faulty process and calls for a credible, transparent, and inclusive process to be conducted for selecting other stakeholders’ delegates. By taking this position, the SPLMJSPLA reiterates its commitment to a genuine inclusive process. We need clarification on these issues before the opening of the next round of the peace talks.”

This website also understands that Juba was not impressed by the conduct of one of the mediators during the previous engagements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Information Minister, Micheal Makuei who is also the spokesman for GOSS delegation told reporters in Addis today that government “is protesting the abuse and insults hurled President Kiir” by IGAD Executive Secretary, Mahboub Mahlim.

Mahlim reportedly said “if Machar and Kiir think war is the answer then they are stupid”.

Makuei said Mahlim should withdraw his statements, adding, the government of South Sudan will not tolerate such insults in future.

The peace talks were expected to resume today with both parties’ representatives meeting in Addis Ababa as part of a comprehensive strategy to put an end to the political turmoil in the war-torn country.


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