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April 2, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government is embarking on efforts aimed at persuading regional leaders to support its position on the exclusion of seven senior political officials accused of involvement in an alleged coup attempt from peace talks

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Former South Sudanese detainees hold a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 February 2014 (Photo: IGAD)

The move comes a day after the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the talks, suspended negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, until 30 April.

It is not clear why the mediation team suspended the talks and no official statements have been issued.

However, sources from both sides claim the request was to allow mediators to undertake consultations with the heads of state of IGAD member countries over South Sudan’s position that the seven officials be excluded from the negotiation process.

The talks closed without the signing of the general declaration of principles, which outlines the main issues identified by the two parties, covering governance matters, democratisation and general public sector reform

The group of seven politicians from South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party were arrested in connection to their role in an alleged plot in mid-December to overthrow the Salva Kiir-led administration, before later being released on bail.

South Sudan is seeking to have negotiations restricted to the two parties directly involved in the conflict, arguing that all other political actors could participate in the subsequent processes after the conclusion of talks.

In an attempt to garner support from regional leaders, Kiir travelled to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday where according to his spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, he held “successful talks” with the country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on the matter.

Ateny confirmed Kiir would also travel to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, but said preparations were “still underway”. However, Sudanese press have reported that Kiir is due to arrive in Khartoum by Saturday.

Ateny said the visit aimed to amplify bilateral relations between the two nations and promote dialogue on issues relating to the 2012 cooperation agreement, as well as to provide update to his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir on efforts to restore stability in the new nation.

Meanwhile, the seven officials issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the South Sudanese government’s stance and accusing it of attempting to stall the progress of peace talks.

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  • 3 April 07:00, by Snipper

    Bunch of thieves!

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    • 3 April 07:39, by Jubawe

      No country country want to damage their relation with US because of Kirr demand, people doesn’t believe Kirr lie any more, If president truth himself he is doing right thing why he is refusing 7 detainees to join the talk, otherwise he knowns that he really committed genocide, I believe President when step down he will commit suicide before ICC arrest him.

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    • 3 April 17:45, by william

      More thieves were arrested and meanwhile, many more were expelled to their usual business (rebellion) now we do not have more traitors. Many of them joined after the independence looking for money without national objective. The truly liberators like James Kong who were misled by known traitors will be brought back but most of you thieves will face death. Mayardit is doing national activities.

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    • 3 April 17:53, by william

      More thieves were arrested meanwhile, many more were expelled to their usual business (rebellion and loot) now we do not have more traitors. Many of them joined after the independence looking for money without national objective. The truly liberators like James Kong who were misled by known traitors will be brought back but most of you thieves will face death. Mayardit is doing national activitie

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  • 3 April 07:58, by Jubawe

    Can anybody disagree with me, if president Kirr step down all Dinka’s will run away from Juba, they will ask for refuge in Uganda, the same UN that they abusing are the one will give them shelter believe me or not,

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    • 3 April 15:52, by Majongdit

      Jubawe,
      The Dinka running away from Juba? Hahahahahahha! You just make me laugh. Are you honest enough to yourself?

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  • 3 April 08:10, by Jalaby

    Coward Deng Alor wants to participate to discuss what? make no mistake coward Deng Alor doesn’t care about Kiir or Machar or even south Sudan but he only cares about Abyei shit issue,who ever puts that issue as first priority and on top of any south issue then that’s the man he can support otherwise he doesn’t buy shit
    Jail should be the only home for thief Deng Alor!

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    • 3 April 08:18, by South South

      Jalaby,
      Please concentrate on (GATHA EL JAMARA) your delicious practice. South Sudan will emerge very quickly and overcomes anything it is facing right now. Abyei is South Sudan land. Do you hear that son of Mohammed???

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  • 3 April 09:08, by Emporio

    Yestaurday they were sharing cake now a cowboy government seeks regional support for exclusion of seven officials in peace talks ex thieves with present thieves the only way to bring peace is to get rid of dogs by any mean

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