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IGAD confers with chief rebel negotiator over pending issues

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – IGAD officials on Friday had discussions with General Taban Deng, the chief negotiator of the SPLM in opposition group over ways how to push forward the peace talks between the two warring SPLM factions in South Sudan.

Sudan Tribune has learnt that the two sides consulted on how to resolve the pending issues within the peace process and on implementing peace agreements signed previously including the formation of interim government.

Some rebel officials in Addis Ababa expressed hope that these pending issues which are being obstacle to move forward the peace talks are addressed as soon as possible.

The fourth session of IGAD-led peace talks opened on Friday.

The SPLM/A rebel faction however did not attend the opening sessions yesterday in what the group said was due to the “genuine and legitimate” demands it put forward to IGAD chair, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

The rebels reiterate commitment to a peaceful and political settlement to the conflict which has killed tens of thousands since erupted in Mid December last year.

“The SPLM/SPLA reiterates its commitment to the inclusive and transparent processes with other genuine stakeholders in consultative manner” it said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

STAKEHOLDERS PROTEST

The South Sudan Stakeholders Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (SSSFPR), a consortium of political parties, faith-based group and civil society, organizations, has presented a complaint to the IGAD chief envoy, Seyoum Mesfin, for representation and inclusion in the IGAD peace talks.

South Sudan stakeholders recently elected representative to the IGAD peace talks at a multi-stakeholders symposium held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The SPLM in opposition last week however rejected the election arguing the process of nominating representatives has not been transparent and inclusive.

In protest, the group decided to boycott the opening ceremony of IGAD peace talks which was supposed to resume earlier this week.

The group then said some 14 civil society organisations which were selected to attend the in a multi-stakeholders symposium were disregarded and demanded for fair and just inclusion of all stakeholders to the peace process.

The stake holders who have filed in the complaint are from areas in control of rebels while others are based, in Nairobi, Khartoum and Kampala which are exiled due insecurity in Juba.

Rebels said the consortium represents the victims; families of victims, aggrieved communities affected the conflict and stress a need for them to be represented, if genuine and possible reconciliation and healing is to be achieved in South Sudan.

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  • 22 June 02:56, by Tong dut

    KIIR MUST BE KILL SOON, OR LET HIM RUM AWAY FROM SOUTH SUDAN,WITH ALL HIS SUPPORTERS. I AM SURE THINGS ARE TOO BAD NOW TO ANY BODY CALL HIMSELF DINKA. WE ARE TOO TIRED FROM THOSE CATTLE.
    ANY WERE THEY GOES, THEY WILL START KILLING ANY HUMAN BEING FOR NO REASON.

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    • 22 June 07:00, by Akol Liai Mager

      You got to be smarter than this and safe your back bone when lifting an heavy weight. Also, be advised that the Book of "The Power of Intention" has founded that God gives what you wish for others instead and give you what others wish for themselves.

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    • 22 June 09:11, by Chol A.

      @Tong Dut, you do not know who will be kill soon either you first or Kiir. Dude and Kim Deng use to threat that Kiir will be kill soon but they are one who got killed before Kiir! Have you ever heard of dude and Kim Deng comments here on sudantribune? You will soon be the next though you had outside South Sudan we still catch you mark my words mr nut minded

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  • 22 June 18:00, by Tong dut

    H I V is better than the stupid confused president,or if they put KIIR and a snake, i will pick a snake and leave Kiir.

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  • 22 June 20:18, by Dut Monybor

    Hello Brothers from South Sudan who have been on line with Sudan tribune i would like to advise you don’t support this two leaders who are now fighting for no reason. why are we follow them?

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