Home | News    Wednesday 23 April 2014

Mediators delay South Sudan peace talks: rebels

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new round of peace talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar has been adjourned, a rebel official confirmed on Tuesday.

The fourth round peace negotiations aimed at ending over four months old conflict in the world’s youngest nation was supposed to resume on Wednesday 23 April in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The spokesperson for the SPLM/A-in-Opposition rebel’s negotiating team, Yohanis Musa, told Sudan Tribune that the East African mediators have officially informed them that this round of peace talks has been postponed to Sunday 27 April.

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) - the regional bloc brokering talks between the two parties - did not clarify why talks were postponed despite ongoing heavy fighting to take control of key oil towns and reports of mass killings based on ethnic lines.

“It has been postponed for reasons we don’t know” said Musa, adding that the rebel’s delegation has been at venue of the talks since Monday. It is not known whether the government delegation has arrived at the venue yet.

South Sudan had been shaken by the conflict since it began in mid-December pitting supporters of Riek Machar and those opposed to president Salva Kiir against those who have remained loyal to the rump SPLM.

Kiir accuses his former deputy of attempting a coup but this has been denied by the SPLM-in-Opposition, which was formed from defectors from the army and ruling SPLM.

The two SPLM warring factions signed a fragile ceasefire agreement on 23 January but it was quickly broken by both sides.

Nonetheless, on 11 April the IGAD mediation team announced the deployment of
Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) to monitor the cessation of hostilities.

The first team was deployed to Bor, in Jonglei State on 1 April followed by similar deployments on 5 April in Bentiu which has been recently captured by the rebels. Also a third team is deployed in Malakal on 15 April.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 23 April 2014 07:24, by Tong dut

    This week we are going to remove that confused dinka president, He is unable to pay his Army,All money goes to Ugandan force and Nubas rebels. Since he can not pay us why to defend him?

    repondre message

    • 23 April 2014 08:19, by mathem jech amer

      This week I am expecting Nuer president.

      repondre message

  • 23 April 2014 07:27, by Snipper

    Bala bala bala!"........... despite ongoing heavy fighting to take control of key oil towns and reports of mass killings based on ethnic lines."
    You think rushing to kill Darfuris was the tools to scare anyone to talk? You are actually capturing your villages and there is nothing unique about that heavy fighting of yours! Myopic people of the cursed tribe!! GOD CONDEMN YOU!

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all 2017-02-20 07:19:22 By Sam Cheptoris River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of (...)

South Sudan: A tragedy of resignation and rebellion 2017-02-18 22:33:04 By Deng Kiir Akok Dictionary.com defined resignation as formal statement, document stating that one gives up an office or position. While on the other hand, rebellion is a resistance to or (...)

Quantifying human destruction and suffering in Sudan 2017-02-13 21:05:29 The grim calculus of international policies and politics By Eric Reeves Towards the end of her long chapter on the Rwanda genocide in “A Problem From Hell” (2002), Samantha Power renders a moment (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.