Home | News    Tuesday 12 August 2014

S. Sudan peace talks adjourned ahead of UNSC members visit


August 11, 2014 (JUBA) – The ongoing peace talks between South Sudan government and its opposition forces have been adjourned ahead of Tuesday’s visit to the new nation by member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

JPEG - 23.3 kb
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon briefs the Security Council on his visit to South Sudan in May 2014 to sound the alarm about the violence and the risk of catastrophic famine (Photo: UN//Devra Berkowitz)

“[The] meeting [between government rebels] which is supposed to be tomorrow [Tuesday] has been postponed,” information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told Eye Radio on Monday.

He said government chief negotiator at the talks was headed to the capital, Juba early Tuesday “to brief the president on the development on the peace talks and our government position.”

“When the delegations from [UN] Security Council arrive in Juba, they should know what is happening”, stressed Lueth.

Talks between the two parties got underway last week, but was temporarily halted after the opposition demanded that negotiations be conducted without other stakeholders.

Mediators from the East African regional bloc (IGAD) eventually headed to opposition demands as bilateral talks resumed Saturday.


Meanwhile, security has reportedly been intensified head of the visit by members of the UNSC to a country where violence has killed thousands and displaced nearly 1.5 million people since its outbreak late last year.

"We have already directed all units as early as last week to be extra vigilant and conduct checkpoints. We again issued directive for the conduct of checkpoints, bus boarding, ocular inspection of the baggage," Lt. Col. Kon John Akot, the head of South Sudan Central Equatoria state traffic police, told reporters on Monday.

"We also directed commanders and units to coordinate with the bus operators and possibly come up with security measures like boarding of buses and inspection of the baggage because only the passengers are checked," he added.

Ellen Margretthe Loj, who was recently appointed as head of the UN mission in South Sudan, will accompany the UNSC delegation.


Oxfam’s country director, Tariq Riebl said the visit of the UNSC members to South Sudan provides an opportunity to step up efforts to bring an end to the conflict, push for a lasting ceasefire, ensure humanitarian assistance reaches communities and that a foundation was built for the durable peace this country so urgently needs.

"While a lasting peace is negotiated, the protection of civilians should continue to be prioritized by the new UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This should include improving conditions and increasing safety and security inside PoC [protection of civilian] sites, increased patrols to ensure the safety of civilians outside of the UN bases, and continued support for those who do not yet feel it is safe enough to go home", Riebl said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

"In addition, we remain concerned by obstacles to humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, including threats to humanitarian workers, as so tragically seen last week with the killing of five NGO staff in Maban", he added.

For aid to reach people in need, Riebl further stressed, "all parties to the conflict must allow food and other assistance to reach people safely and quickly.”


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.
  • 12 August 2014 11:08, by Wicdail

    For peace to come once and for all, UNSC must tells this primitive militant (Kirr) to step aside and give peace a chance. UNSC have the capacity to do that. Unless if there is a conspiracy against South Sudanese people. Kirr had lost legitimacy to rule since Dec last year when he slaughtered Nuers people in Juba and cooked a coup that created unnecessary war which is now causing millions to suffer

    repondre message

  • 12 August 2014 20:08, by Kerem

    Wicdial, who has lost legitimacy more than who? Kiir or Riek? Riek has murdered more Dinka than Kiir. Kiir in fact did not murder any Nuer accept those Nuer who died fighting for greet and supporting Riek blindly. I don’t see if UNSC can remove Kiir for it is only you seeing nothing good because you have ordinary eyes or else discriminative

    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

President Kiir should extend equal justice recognition to John Agou 2018-03-17 08:35:01 By Deng Kur Deng Dear Mr. President, Is is the quest for equal justice that urges me to write to you today. Our quest didn’t begin with us, but it starts with you. All you have done for your (...)

Applying to the Arab League as the observer is recommendable but wrong time 2018-03-13 11:21:42 By Gatdiet Peter On 5 March 2018, a report from the Egyptian official news agency, MENA has flooded the media and captured a sharp attention of wider South Sudanese people that the Republic of (...)

Africa and UK Brexit 2018-03-10 22:34:34 By Ambassador Dhano Obongo Brexit is the media usage for Britain exiting the European Union (EU). After four decades of membership, last year England voted to quit the EU. Trade impacts will (...)


Latest Press Releases

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.