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S. Sudan government officially delivers protest letter to IGAD

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese government has officially notified mediators from the East African regional bloc, IGAD, less than 24 hours after it opposed the participation of its seven senior politicians in the ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia.

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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)

Sudan Tribune has reliably learned that Nhial Deng Nhial, South Sudan’s lead negotiator at the talks arrived Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa minus the other members on his team.

Juba on Thursday said it would only participate in the negotiations with rebels on condition that IGAD excluded the seven political figures currently in Kenya from taking part as a third bloc.

The seven former detainees, now in Nairobi for safety reasons, were released under an initial peace accord signed in Addis Ababa in January.

Nhial, sources told Sudan Tribune Friday, also held talks with Ethiopia’s Prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn on the South Sudan situation and how to politically settle the crises.

Member of the SPLM-In-Opposition have, however, insisted they were not surprised by the recent change in South Sudan government position, which came a day to resumption of the new round of talks.

The rebels argued that the participation of the former political detainees on the negotiation table, would nullify the government argument of "false accusation" against the remaining four detainees currently on treason trial for alleged involvement in coup attempt.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his allies, a rebel negotiator claimed, “don’t want the formation of any interim arrangement because they are implicated in war crimes and crime against humanity”.

“(..) And they fear they might lose their positions and will be subjected to criminal prosecution whether through special tribunal, hybrid court or South Sudan local justice mechanism that shall be established to try these crimes and abuses of human rights”, he further said.

Several members of the opposition forces have also accused the Juba government of continuously violating the ceasefire deal signed by both warring parties, saying the recent takeover of the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal was to bolster government position at the talks.

Malakal, a strategic town north of Juba, has changed hands several times between the army and rebels, with the latter controlling if for over a month, before government forces recaptured it early this week.

TOUGH DEMANDS

Meanwhile, the rebels have urged the international community to call for immediate resignation of President Kiir and individuals found to have been directly involved in human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.

They further called for sanctions to be imposed on the “criminals” allegedly killing people in the South Sudan capital as well as other parts of the country.

Despite all these demands, however, officials from the negotiation team reaffirmed their readiness to engage in talks with government, which it largely accuses together with Ugandan troops of continued violation of cessation of hostilities agreement.

Violence erupted in Juba last year following a dispute between members of the presidential guards. An estimated more than 10,000 people have been killed and nearly a million displaced as the conflict spread to three of the country’s 10 states.

South Sudanese civil society activists have called for a comprehensive and wider participation of all sections of the society for the conflict to be amicably resolved.

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  • 22 March 07:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Good moves, to the government but am telling to #Majuongdit not to get involve into politics moves, he don’t know what so call politics, he is Gelweng,, in his speech and his cultural atitudes.

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  • 22 March 07:53, by Malou Manyiel

    The more you disagree of who should participate in the peace talks and who should not, the more sufferings you are subjecting our people into. Why can’t you ask your selves one day that, how are people suffering on the ground? How are people displaced to neighboring countries suffering? The peace is not all about you, it is about our suffering people, since you have your families outside S.Sudan.

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  • 22 March 08:52, by Gogrialboys

    This was the question I posted long time ago that, in which ground do those accused of coup allowed to participate? In there first initial statement at the time of their released, they said that they will not join Riak Machar groups nor government side. Now, why are mediators insisting to bring them to negotiation table? I think they should wait for national dialogue that will be held later.

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  • 22 March 09:02, by Gogrialboys

    It is the time for the government to show seriousness because Riak Machar is not interested in bringing peace. He is always complaining of those detained as if, they are the reasons for his rebellion. A man has to stand on his own rather than creeping pretending that he has legitimate ground to hold in this rebellion. You cannot lead tribal rebellion, and think that you will one day come to power.

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  • 22 March 09:16, by Gogrialboys

    I’m so sorry for my cousins Nuers, for their naïve to even acknowledge that their tribal rebellion will lead them nowhere, no matter how long they will try to fight. They should learn that South-Sudan is bigger than any tribe to think that they will use violence to ascend to power. I can’t blame them because Riak has enslaved their mentality and that they will all perish like rotten potato.

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    • 22 March 09:50, by michael coma

      Why accepted them first the(7 detainees) to participate in first talks?What we need is how peace will prevail amongst South Sudanese people.War is between two brother only which need to resolve amicably.My mother,sister,brother and father from Nuer,Dinka and Shulluk are suffering for no good reason.

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    • 23 March 08:07, by Naath

      Gogrialboy,you sound like confuse person, can you please answer my questions ok, why your step dad kiir kill innocent peoplein juba leaving behind suspected you guys as coup attempted, doy you think kiir know what so call leadership,if that’s dinka culture you will not catch the bus

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