South Sudan

South Sudan Rebels Announce Return To Peace Talks


approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>A press release by rebels who are also known as SPLM/A In Opposition last evening, illness said despite IGAD’s failure to address some of their key grievances especially transparency in selection of stakeholders in the talks, they are ready for dialogue to find a lasting solution to the turmoil in South Sudan.

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“The SPLM/A (IO) have deliberated on the demands made to IGAD regarding modalities and rules and rules of procedure for the South Sudan dialogue. The SPLM/SPLA negotiating team has deliberated on this issue with we raised in the letter of our chairman to President Haile Mariam Desalegn have not been addressed,” said Mabior Garang Mabior, the son of the late John Garang who is the deputy spokesperson of the rebel movement’s peace talks team.

“However, we want to express our readiness to continue direct negotiations with the government delegation while our address the issues we have raised in our letter. In addition, we want to reiterate our commitment to inclusivity of other stakeholders by engaging them in consultative manner as stipulated in the May 9, 2014 agreement.”

Peace talks between Juba and the rebels in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa flopped early this week with both parties shunning the opening ceremony of the stakeholders’ conference.

The rebels released a statement then, saying the way the regional body IGAD selected delegates to the Symposium which shall be tasked with forming the anticipated ‘Inclusive Transitional Government,’ was not transparent and should be addressed first before talks resume.

Meanwhile, the government delegation demanded that the IGAD executive secretary Mahboub Maalim should apologise to president Kiir for saying if the latter and his rival Dr. Machar think they can only win in the battle field then they are “stupid”.

President Kiir even dispatched an envoy to Addis Ababa to personally deliver a damning letter to IGAD chairman Hailemariam Desalegn expressing his dismay against Maalim.

Addressing the National Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Kiir also made several calculated attacks on IGAD and declared it is only the people of South Sudan who can determine the future of their country.


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