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South Sudan says it’s ready to resume peace talks with rebels

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July 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

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South Sudan’s minister for foreign affairs, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (ST)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced last week the resumption of peace talks on 30 July, one month after a sudden decision by the mediators to suspend the talks as the rebels protested the “unfair” selection of civil society representatives.

“The government has never left the venue of negotiations. It is the rebels that raised the demands which led the mediation team to go for consultations,” South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Benjamin said the government delegation has the full mandate of the government to negotiate a comprehensive and an inclusive agreement with the participation of the other stakeholders as it was agreed last June.

“The rebels are now calling for the exclusion of the former detainees, whose participation in the past was one of the demands and conditions they were raising, but when they were released and refused to join them, they (rebels) felt betrayed by their own friends and now want the talks to be limited,” the minister said.

The minister went to emphasise that his government was initially opposed to their inclusion in the peace process but conceded and accepted the demand of the rebels for the sake of peace in the country.

“This was the initial position of the government but they opposed it and agreement which include them as part of the stakeholders was signed and we as the government accepted,” Benjamin told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview.

Following the suspension of the talks, the group of former political detainees protested against the adjournment and accused the rival parties of lack of seriousness.

The former senior members of the ruling party stressed that the delay of talks and the absence of quick resolution to the conflict will “result in increased suffering, feelings of hopelessness and total despair,”

Also, the rebel SPLM in Opposition has criticised IGAD’s decision to adjourn talks, saying direct talks between the two parties could have continued while the matters around the stakeholder selection process were addressed.

(ST)

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  • 29 July 2014 21:00, by Epuol

    It will be also good for u to go and fine out the area of problem.we need peace pls.And thank.

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    • 30 July 2014 01:27, by Bolman

      I believe Dinkas community in Juba will regret their greediest if they don’t hurry up signing the peace talks in Addis Ababa, this is a last chance to accepted the last peace talks if not they will see a serious crush out in Juba, there is no government in SS take a brief careful looks, how the shape of that call govern look like from top to bottom, DC were formed DCG exclusive Govrn

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      • 30 July 2014 04:29, by Madina Tonj

        Bolman. I think you are absolutely Idiocy. Look if your uncle Riek Machar doesn’t sign peace then, you will hear it, you will see and you feel it. This war is not about Nuer and Dinka war why because this is a political difference between Kiir and Riek. Put in mine if this war was about Dinka and Nuer we had gone to captures all Nuers communities and that will come to name as genocide in S. Sudan

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      • 30 July 2014 04:30, by Madina Tonj

        Bolman. I think you are absolutely Idiocy. Look if your uncle Riek Machar doesn’t sign peace then, you will hear it, you will see and you feel it. This war is not about Nuer and Dinka war why because this is a political difference between Kiir and Riek. Put in mine if this war was about Dinka and Nuer we had gone to captures all Nuers communities and that will come to name as genocide in S. Sudan

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        • 30 July 2014 04:59, by Bolman

          Marina you are too bilnd than I had aspected to be blindfolding by Kiir kuithpiiny of Gorial, can u tell me when did Dinka defeated Nuer on battle field and when did Dinka become the warrior instead copying fight, to be their own fight, please take some of the example at tthe recentel fight who was the mostly winner without uganda’s Troops

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          • 30 July 2014 08:15, by Madina Tonj

            Bolman. For got about Uganda army, South Sudan is a nation just like others for example, South Sudan nation has contributed 1000 SPLA to fights against Joseph Kony. Africa contribute 20,000 troops for Somilia problems. Back to your pointat the time of Naisr faction, Dinka have captured many towns in S.Sudan while Riek surrender to Omar al Bahsir’s gov. He has no a single major city captured.

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