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S. Sudan government says it won’t initiate agenda for talks with rebels

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May 15, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government said on Thursday that it will not initiate an agenda for talks with the rebels, saying its delegation would only respond to issues raised by the aggrieved party.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (L) and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a fresh peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 after their first face to face meeting since the hostilities began (Photo: Reuters)

“The government delegation cannot initiate the agenda for discussions; it is the aggrieved party to raise issues which requires [a] response of the government, through the mediation team. This is a universal practice. It is the aggrieved party that raises issues which appeals the negotiation through mediation process if there is a third party", deputy foreign affairs minister Peter Bashir Gbandi told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Gbandi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ending the conflict and that president Salva Kiir had given the delegation full authority to negotiate in good faith.

Rebel sources in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, also confirmed that the government has said it will not initiate the agenda for talks.

“It is true they (the government delegation) said it is the aggrieved party ... but they are refusing everything, we don’t how to proceed with this arrogance,” a leading member of the rebel delegation at the talks told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Observers have expressed scepticism about the sincerity of the two rival leaders to end the five-month-old conflict, although both made pledges at the signing ceremony last week to restore peace to the country.

“It is not clear whether the president is getting [the] right information from the negotiation team and from the army. There appears to be a gap from what is happening on the ground either in Addis Ababa or in the field with the commanding officers,” an independent observer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He claims the president’s close allies were not giving him an accurate picture of the situation as some of the officials felt they might be adversely affected by the changes which would result from interim arrangements.

“The closest allies, those who appeals decision of the president do not tell him the truth. If they give the impression that the situation appeals bold decision, they risk being branded incompetent, so they give a less bad picture to their boss so that they can continue to remain in the offices to enjoy the privileges of occupying public offices,” he said.

“When the crisis erupts last December, no-one was able to deal with it effectively because the whole team was confused and did not want to say it was not a coup,” he added.

The armed opposition movement, led by former vice-president Riek Machar and consisting largely of ethnic militia and disaffected officials and soldiers, launched a rebellion against the central government following escalating political tensions within the ruling SPLM.

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  • 16 May 20:10, by Ito

    Dear Readers,
    It is wrong for the government to expect the agenda from the aggrieved party. What is there that the government does not know. You know the cause of the conflict, all pressing issues were put on the table on the SPLM convention last year and you are pretending to have no knowledge of root causes. You guys are hiding something..., something fishy is going on.

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    • 16 May 20:24, by Ito

      Dictator Salva Kiir has numerously violated the constitution and the worse of it is the ordering of the killing of Nuer and those believed to be supporters in cold blood. We are not going to compromised on this, he must go and go. A president who drink throughout, a womanizer, lacking any leadership skills and advice by cattle keepers is an insult to the nation. Enough is enough.

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