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February 8, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan peace talks have stalled over a text mediators and opposition officials want added to a provision that authorizes levying punitive measures against individuals who violate the peace process.

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South Sudan information minister Michael Makuei Lueth shakes hands with Lam Akol during the revitalization forum on 19 December 2017 (ST Photo)

The parties, multiple sources attending the ongoing talks said, also failed to reach a consensus on governance and security sector reform matters.

Government officials at the talks told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that they agreed on many issues, but were unable to sign the agreement on declaration of principles because their team rejected a text which says peace violators should be sanctioned.

“It is true talks have stalled, resulting in the failure to sign an agreement on the declaration of principles. We have failed to reach an agreement because of one paragraph in order to sign the declaration of principle. The session went into late evening yesterday without consensus and was adjourned. We resumed today without success as well”, a senior government official said on Thursday.

“Our disagreement with other stakeholders is one paragraph. It is the paragraph which says the United Nations should punish individual violators and spoilers. This was created by troika and the aim is to use it for UN Security Council sanctions. We cannot accept that”, added the official, who is also part of the government negotiating.

The government side reportedly also rejected a text to seal declaration of principles and a proposal approved by all the other stakeholders to reduce the size of parliament, preferring expansion.

The mediators, it is said, decided to form a mini-committee to discuss and find remedies to the deadlock on the two issues.

The second phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum opened Monday after the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement poorly enforced by the warring parties.The second phase will discuss the implementation of a permanent cease-fire which is part of the peace agreement, elaborate a revised and realistic timeline and a schedule towards general elections in the country at the end of the interim period.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by ex-Vice President Riek Machar since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who have fled into neighbouring nations.

(ST)

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  • 8 February 21:36, by lino

    Now People of South Sudan and the world know who is the obstacle for peace in this country!!! Sanctions should be one of the tools to scare and check mate PEACE SPOILERS at all time, and Hybrid Courts for trails should be initiated by AU!!! Then we sing African Problems solved by Africans!!!

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  • 8 February 23:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The stalling of signing of this clause of agreement by government of the day in Juba clearly show they are for picnic in Addis and not in pursuit of peace in South Sudan. It indicates that they stand solid on brutal military solution of South Sudan problems. To them it does not matter how many South Sudanese should or be in refuge before peace is attained. Sheer bunch of idiots and not leaders!!

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  • 9 February 06:37, by Eastern

    This stalling of the HLRF is purely the handiwork of Michael Makuei! This potential ICC indictee is fighting hard to protect his butt and that of the bloodsucker Kiir by putting obstacles before any move put forth for the realisation of peace in the country. I am blaming colleagues for not putting their feet down when dealing with this psychopath. He has blood of the innocent in his hands!

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    • 9 February 07:04, by jubaone

      Jur, Rhino, Eastern, Lino,
      These jienge miscreants and scoundrels may wiggle and do anything, but our position is clear, it is EQUATEXIT or none. Lose-mouth Makuei must first build a house in his jienge village, pack his rags and jet out of Equatoria. He may as well drag his fellow savages in Nimule and fuck off. Our people in refugee camps want to come settle and start farming.

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      • 9 February 07:19, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        EQUATEXIT is the word; let’s part ways than force ourselves in this incompatible union called South Sudan.

        Thank you.

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  • 9 February 12:00, by jubaone

    Eastern,Rhino and other "cyber warriors"
    Get this message across to all our "Equatorian Corps", that we’re out of this silly game of peace. Jienges and their surrogates don’t want peace and they can’t take us yet for another jienge ride. We’re done and Equatexit is the solution. We can’t babysit these miscreants all our lives, we want to rebuild our lives in our lands.

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    • 9 February 12:05, by jubaone

      Therefore, it’s important the message must get through: Equatoria First and SS second. Jienges can proudly get back to their luaks and develop them with the looted monies and stop idling and squatting in Equatoria like vagabonds. Our boys must not lay down arms bcoz the jienges haven’t done likewise. Tooth4tooth.

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      • 9 February 20:07, by South South

        jubaone,
        Let’s work for peace which is good thing for all. War will take us nowhere. Government of South Sudan is winning war right now, but we want to peace.

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        • 9 February 20:28, by lino

          Hahaha! Junubi!!! If Government is winning according to you, why are they negotiating?!!!
          They should accept the accountability and Hybrid Court ASAP!!! People of this country are tired!!! Spoilers of peace no more!!!

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        • 10 February 03:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          South South,

          You should acknowledge that today may be yours but tomorrow will be mine. The jungle of South Sudan is large.

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  • 11 February 22:05, by Angelo Achuil

    You people on both sides should sign all that need signed for peace to return. Have you not yet realized that South Sudan is in tatters? Don’t you realize that you don’t have much left to bargain with and that the longer war go, the fragmented we will be - each looking for solution? If you don’t like "violators punished," are you not saying you are the guilty one or plans to be one?

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