S. Sudan Talks to Focus on ‘Transitional’ Gov’t

Dr Machar and President Kiir before the pair split

If all goes according to plan, approved the on-and-off South Sudan peace talks between government and rebels loyal to Dr Riek Machar will resume on Wednesday.

IGAD last week announced that the Fourth Session of the IGAD-led South Sudan Peace Process in Addis Ababa, page adjourned on June 23, tadalafil would carry on from July 30.

In recent weeks the IGAD Special Envoys have carried out broad consultations with various actors and stakeholders in the South Sudan Peace Process.

The main objective of the consultations has been to take stock of the progress and challenges to the Peace Process and chart a way forward, particularly for implementation of the resolutions of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government Summit on June 10.

The resolutions of the Summit included the commitment of the two principals, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and Dr. Riek Machar, leader of the SPLM/A-In-Opposition),“to end the war” and to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity that will offer the best chance for the people of South Sudan to take the country forward.

Stopping the conflict would create a conducive environment for negotiations, and facilitate humanitarian operations to reach the needy populations and pre-empt the looming famine in South Sudan.

Fighting in the war-torn country started in December last year, uprooting thousands of lives and leaving a huge trail of destruction and bloodshed.

The rebels stormed out of the peace conference in Addis Ababa a few months ago, protesting IGAD’s criteria of selecting stakeholders to the peace negotiations.

This was a huge blow to the region’s efforts to find a permanent, political and home-grown solution to the crisis in South Sudan.

The rebels later commenced attacks on South Sudan army’s positions especially in Nasir which were roundly condemned by United Nations and IGAD.

IGAD says its Special Envoys carried out extensive consultations in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and in Juba, and met with the principals of the warring parties.

They also held consultative meetings with delegations of stakeholders to the peace process including the Government of South Sudan, the SPLM/A-In-Opposition and the SPLM Leaders(Former Detainees), as well as representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and faith-based organizations.

All the stakeholders reiterated their commitment to the process of negotiations, tentatively scheduled to commence on July 30 and last to August 10.

The agenda will cover finalization and signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Matrix and negotiations on details of a Transitional Government of National Unity.

The formation of a new government remains a sticky issue considering that Machar want to be President.

President Salva Kiir said this is red-line as he was duly elected by the people of South Sudan.


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