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South Sudan peace talks set to resume this week

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

July 20, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan peace talks will resume later this week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in what is expected to be the last round of talks for the negotiating parties to finalize a peace deal, an opposition official told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

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Face to face talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels resume in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Carl De Souza)

Deputy representative of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) to Ethiopia and to the African Union (AU), David Dang, said a new round of peace negotiations between South Sudan’s government and the armed opposition faction led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, will resume on Friday 24 July.

East African regional bloc, the intergovernmental authority on development (IGAD), which mediates between the two warring factions has communicated to both sides the timetable for the resumption of the fresh talks.

Consultations among the IGAD special envoys had begun on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Adis Ababa, and will continue till 22 of July.

With regard to agenda for talks, Dang said a new draft agreement will be circulated to both conflicting parties on Friday.

The fresh round of talks will resume under a new IGAD-Plus initiative which will incorporate the UN, EU, China, the Troika (UK, US, Norway) as well as five African countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Chad, and Rwanda).

The IGAD-Plus mediation will have 19 chief envoys unlike three previously.

IGAD lead mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, last month told Journalists that the mediation has prepared synopsis of the compromised document which is a summary of the parties’ reflection and consultations with their constituencies.

According to Mesfin, the six-page synopsis touched all major issues including the critical issues of governance and power sharing on central institutions as well as power sharing on the troubled areas mainly in greater Upper Nile state.

It also called for immense reforms on issues such as on governance of politics, system, and economy and oil revenue.

With regard to security arrangement, if both sides reach an agreement to form transitional government, the compromised document calls on the two sides to complete integrating the armies by mid-term of the transitional period.

The conflict in the youngest African nation erupted in December 2013 when president Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of allegedly plotting a coup, an accusation the latter dismissed as false.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced an estimated two million people.

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  • 21 July 2015 07:54, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    IGAD is doing very little in bring peace in this country,this time let there be peace not a failure,and no favor to be given to one side party.
    Justice and equality should be followed to bring permanent peace to this poor communities

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    • 21 July 2015 10:07, by Koang

      "The mediation has prepared synopsis of the compromised document which is a summary of the parties’ reflection and consultations with their constituencies.”

      ‘Synopsis’ or Summary of the parties’ reflection’, is a good idea.

      crucial thing International Community must know is, "do not beg our leaders to consider peace", show only immediate consequences and pains they will faced if not peace.

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  • 21 July 2015 08:02, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    We committed to bring peace, but we don’t the ideas of Dinka sultan and his jieng council of elders.

    .....................Song of Ngundeng.......................
    .....................currently in frontline.................
    .....................Pathay Jonglie State...................

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  • 21 July 2015 08:05, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    We committed to bring peace, but we don’t know the ideas of Dinka sultan and his jieng council of elders.

    .....................Song of Ngundeng.......................
    .....................currently in frontline.................
    .....................Pathay Jonglie State...................

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    • 21 July 2015 10:47, by Mayom County Boy

      South Sudan government committed himself to bring peace back to the country but those supporter of rebellion of Dr Riek Machar Teny never accept peace to come to the country
      we are tired a lot for preaching peace to return back to the country , and then every body will live normal like before .

      Mayom County Boy from front line Pan Akuac Barrack.

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  • 21 July 2015 11:26, by William Atak Garang.

    you guys should know the time for insults has come to an end. the final status is to focus for peace rather than war. those who made know assessments across the ten State particularly war affected areas of S.Sudan to see vulnerable people are the one still preaching tribalism. the Waring parties has to know their demands need compromise from both sides to reach for peace.

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    • 21 July 2015 11:50, by Koang

      @William, you are right.
      Some people are either taking advantage or blinded by hatred, and therefore, wanted more and more people to suffer and die while they are enjoying the show.

      The Ball is with the ’International Community’ to save South Sudan or Let it bleeds more and groans.

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