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S. Sudan peace talks delayed over unmet rebel demands


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The second round of peace talks between South Sudan’s warring parties failed to resume in Ethiopia, over president Salva Kiir’s failure to meet demands of rebels, an official of the SPLM-inOpposition told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

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The South Sudan government’s chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial, speaks during the resumption of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Although an opening ceremony for the new phase of the negotiations was officially opened on Tuesday last week in Addis Ababa, the two sides have not yet resumed direct talks after rebels insisted that their demands are met before the next round negotiations resume.

"The talks were delayed because our position on the withdrawal of Ugandan forces and release of the remaining four detainees have not been fulfilled" said Puoch Riek Deng, a public relations officer for the humanitarian liaison office of the rebel delegation in Ethiopia said.

After a fragile ceasefire deal signed in Addis Ababa on 23 January between the South Sudanese government and the SPLM-in-Opposition rebels, Juba freed seven out of the 11 former senior officials on January 29.

The 11 members of South Sudan’s ruling SPLM were detained in the wake of fighting in the capital Juba between members of army, which was the government claim was an alleged coup attempt by disaffected senior politicians, many of whom were sacked by President Salva Kiir in 2014.

The four remaining detainees include, who include Pagan Amum the former SPLM secretary general, are facing charges of treason and staging coup, as is South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar who is now leading the SPLM-in-Opposition a loose coalition of defected soldiers, armed civilians and some senior SPLM politicians who oppose Kiir’s leadership.

The rebel official in the Ethiopian capital however said his negotiating team is not boycotting the IGAD mediated talks but they are demanding agreements reached during the first round of negotiations are expedited.

He said the success of the next round of talks depends on the implementation of the previously reached agreements.

The previous ceasefire deal agreement did not bring an end to fighting on the ground and the two sides have continue to accusations over violations of the truce agreement.

"The government continues to violate the cessation of hostilities by attacking our areas" Puoch said adding "We don’t see serious commitment by the government to seek peaceful solution to the conflict".

South Sudanese rebels on Tuesday said they had taken control Malakal, the state capital if Upper Nile a major oil producing area. The government however said the town still remains under its control but the fighting for control of Malakal is the biggest clash since the ceasefire deal.

An estimated 10,000 people have died in the two-month conflict which displaced over 700,000 people within South Sudan and forced almost 150,000 people to flee to nearby countries.

Government representatives in Ethiopia told Sudan Tribune that the assault carried out by rebels was a clear indication of their continued violation of the ceasefire and lack of commitment for political dialogue.

The rebels, however, accuse the South Sudanese army (SPLA) of instigating the latest clashes.

"The government is the one who attacked our positions first, so on self defense we ended up over running their forces" Bor Gatwech, a South Sudanese MP who is now the humanitarian liaison officer for the SPLM/A-in-Opposition, told Sudan Tribune.

IGAD mediators are holding discussions with the two parties to keep the fresh round of talks moving.

Sudan Tribune understands that the agenda for the peace talks is still being drafted. It is feared that the latest clashes may severely hinder the planned peace talks on political, national reconciliation and on identifying the root causes of the conflict.


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  • 19 February 07:22, by Tong dut

    There is no peace in south sudan,You will talk and talk but no changes.No need for war or there is no best tribe in this sudan. all tribe are the same.Peace will come after changing the president and his D.

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    • 19 February 07:34, by Naath

      Uganda are on the preparation to leave South sudan.Hopeless kiir and his supporter will smell it this time,now warrup is tart burnning,kiir government is like kids play ground everyone have right to throw whatever they want to any one,it big shame

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    • 19 February 07:40, by Sir King

      I have been telling you that let rush to form INTERIM ADMINISTRATION in which both leaders are denied of being members of the Administration so that we go for peace and development, then later, we go for elections. Michel Djotodia of CAR has resigned due to the complicating problem like the one we are having now. Please, don’t waste time.

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    • 19 February 08:50, by Joseph Canada

      We don’t need the tribe to lead in south Sudan nor we don’t have to have a tribal leader. we need the National leaders Dinka greed is the only destruction in that nation.
      All other nationals are now joining the rebels and the greedy Kiir and the leadership will all perish!!

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  • 19 February 07:36, by Chol A.

    Mi diit Mrs. Nyariek is now it hot pot because no more talk between him and Kiir anymore. If Mrs. Nyariek think he will win this war, than it ok and let’s do it. Those who remain it prison will not be realise at all unless they are cleared of treason in which they accuses of!!.

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    • 19 February 07:47, by Naath

      Chol A.I like kiir primitivies sometimes when his plan to kills dinka Bor by poisoning thier land with Cluster Munition bomb,Hopeless kiir think that he just killing Nuer white army,he don’t know that the land of dinka is already dead,than who to blame,kiir will face south sudanese soon in juba

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      • 19 February 08:15, by Tutbol

        Let the Rebels go to hell UGUANDAN mercernaries will S Sudan to gether the US-UNIMISS mercernaries. S Sudan does not want any more foreign troops in its soil & the Nuer malitias must stop fighting until then that is when a genuine negotiation can resume, not Ethiopia, but in side S Sudan. With the demand to release the last four, let the rebels go to bed re-dream. The four would be hanged to...

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        • 19 February 08:23, by Tutbol

          gether with Riek Machar, Peter Gadet, Taban Deng Gai, Hussein Maar Nyuot. This time around there are no more amnesties, these guys are supposed to be Nuer intelectuals, they are not like their ilitrate ’white army’ they are supposed to that actions have consequences. These leaders know even if they are welcome back to S Sudanese society, they will be shot any angry citizens...

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          • 19 February 08:32, by Tutbol

            People are fed up with the Nuer leaders & the Nuers choatic lifestyles where the different between the elders & the youths is blured, where the elders don’t tell the youths to think twice before taking actions, where the youths don’t listens to elders & these elders with their choatic community really have guts to lecture over 63 S Sudanese that they have ’democracy’ to give the S Sudanese...

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            • 19 February 08:37, by Tutbol

              communities, yay! Which democracy, lootings & burning cities, like Bor or Malakal? The same people that they want to bring the democracy to them, are the same people they killed, looted their foods & destroyed their properties?

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          • 19 February 08:37, by Wicdail

            Regional war is imminent if your asshole HIV+ (M7) doesn’t leave SS a lone. Because UPDF present in SS is threatening the National Security of Sudan. Will you survive it Looool.

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            • 19 February 08:52, by Tutbol

              Let N Sudan brings it on, SPLMM/A-N has not been defeated by the SAF remember, Jem has not Surrendered remember? and if that is what the Nuers are hedging for Ugandan troops withdrawal, then Nuers as usual just do not know what they are fighting for! SPLM-N would be openly supported by S Sudan. N Sudan shouldn’t be that triger happy that is has something to gain in entering S Sudan’s....

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              • 19 February 08:59, by Tutbol

                What national security does N Sudan talks about when there has never been security in Darfur for 11 years, no security in the Nuba Mt & Southern Blue Nile for three years? So the Nuers have returned to their N Sudan masters for help? and the N Sudan masters responded, by bringing six trucks fool of foods to Bentiu, arms & ammunitions to Gadiang?

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  • 19 February 08:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The government has right to pull out from useless peace talks.
    Seasonal guerrilla fighter, Riak Machar, is not graivence of any stability of south sudan. He should be treated militarily.

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    • 19 February 09:10, by Diversity

      To all South Sudanese citizens at large, I am always proud of you as fellow citizens, now it is high time for each and every one to join hands to uproot the anti-democratic Regime SPLMs (because they are many as demons)that has plagued our nation with ethnic cleansing and tensions.

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  • 19 February 12:29, by Mapuor

    Those of Nhial Deng should make their positions clear,we know that Mr Nhial is one of the disgruntled group and shouldn’t been allowed to lead the delegation.President Kiir made alot of concessions but Mr Riek made none.More than 100 people arrested in Juba in connection with Juba kilings,seven political prisoners released.How many have Riek arrested in connection with Dinkas massacre in Akob

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    • 19 February 12:36, by Mapuor

      Nasir,Ulang,Maiwut Bentiu,Leer etc.Those talks should stop and the fight continue till Riek is defeated.There is something fishy among the Government team.They do not seriously condemn the coup and its subsequent death.They do not value the lives of poor Dinkas who are continuously being killed, raped, maimed and looted.Ministry of foreign affairs is also not doing enough.What a shit.

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