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South Sudan gov’t delegation demands direct talks without mediation

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February 14, 2018 (JUBA) - The delegation of the government at the peace talks has asked the mediation team to allow them to hold direct talks with representatives of various opposition without the mediation.

Government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said through statement broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation that holding direct discussion was necessary because there are issues which could be discussed without the participation of the mediation team because it is the same people who would eventually agree to reach the agreement being mediated by the third party.

The minister said South Sudanese should welcome and appreciate what he described a positive move and a sign that he hopes would encouraging parties to stop doing blame game and can come up with they can resolve some contentious matters to end suffering and killing in the country. The move followed a joint prayer service at which members of the rival parties at the talks participated.

A key member of the government delegation at the talks told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that discussions without mediations were related to the system of governance and security arrangement.

The SPLM-IO also accepted the invitation and the parties held a meeting on Wednesday Sudan Tribune has learned. But nothing filtered from the meeting.

The move is one of the attempts to break the deadlock over how the system of governance and how the security sector in the country should be reformed in a way that it would reflective of the faces of different ethnic groups in the country.

CALL TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES

In a related development, the South Sudan Civil Society Organization Network in Diaspora (SSCSONID) has called on the South Sudanese warring parties to show flexibility in the negotiations and to achieve peace to put an end to the suffering of South Sudanese people

"There is no reason whatsoever that justifies the continuation of the war given the untold suffering of our innocent people," said SSCSONID chairman Charles Obaj.

"The warring parties are requested to desist from hostile activities and adhere to the terms of the cessation of hostilities agreement," he added.

He further called on the international community and friends of South Sudan to exert more Pressures on the warring sides in order to bring peace to South Sudan.

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  • 15 February 04:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudanese need any way of bringing possibility Peace to the country,

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    • 15 February 07:11, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      If the parties are not dwelling on discussing their positions and interests and focused on how meaningful peace can be achieved in the country, I think peace will surely come to our country. The problem Mr. Michael Makuei is that we South Sudanese lost trust in the government. We really lost trust in you as our leaders.

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      • 15 February 18:50, by garrak1520

        Trust is key to any relation; the people of South Sudan have no trust in the government (Kiir and allies). It is good to trust your gut, follow your senses, for sure Kiir would like to resign but he is afraid. Be a man, you can no longer lead so leave. This idea of 100 VP, 200 Ministers make no sense. You have no money to pay your workers and you want to add more stupid VP,Ministers.

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      • 15 February 18:50, by garrak1520

        Trust is key to any relation; the people of South Sudan have no trust in the government (Kiir and allies). It is good to trust your gut, follow your senses, for sure Kiir would like to resign but he is afraid. Be a man, you can no longer lead so leave. This idea of 100 VP, 200 Ministers make no sense. You have no money to pay your workers and you want to add more stupid VP,Ministers.

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  • 15 February 05:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South African president Jacob Zuma resigned as a president, then what about me?
    ANC and SPLM are friends including their leaders.
    Please am not talking on President Kiir,or Museveni, also then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe had resigned.

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  • 15 February 05:23, by Tilo

    Talk without mediators could be a good move but the issue is South Sudanese do not keep their words. Now if they agree on certain issue and they violate it who will stand as a witness since they are good at blaming each other.
    The same Makuei will be the very one to come on media deny the agreement and the violation of the agreement at the same time.
    This time round SS do not need shaky peace deal

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  • 15 February 05:46, by Mayendit

    Hon, Michael Makuei Lueth and hon, Nhial Deng Nhial.

    I trust you guys and I know you love South Sudan than anything. To go back to the point, I am absolutely agree with you guys because I belief the South-South dialogue would be the only solution. Some oppositions wants peace to happen but pro Riek Machar are looking for positions because they never cares about people but big gov, and more MPS.

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    • 15 February 09:46, by frank

      mayendit in some point your right we agree machar is useless person ever who had confused big number of his tribe but lets not always count everything on him lets ask a question what does govermnet do for the people of south sudan? sincerely nothing just killing as well.or morever putting the perpetrator to head the national dialogue? kiir is a good man but he should resign to earn legacy&4gvnes

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  • 15 February 06:02, by Mayendit

    It would not only be shame if they nothing done but also it will send signal to the worldwide that, the people who assuming to lead in both sides have no sorrow, forgiveness, healing,feeling on what is bad or good and common sense because there is no need to talks about positions while, South Sudanese are suffering.

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  • 15 February 06:37, by Eastern

    This is a dangerous approach as self seeking politicians would easily be lured by the regime using the little petrodollars they have to rent support and bribe unprincipled folks at the talks. SPLA/M-IO watch out!

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  • 15 February 08:12, by The Jewish of the Nation

    I think, the decision proposed by the either party to have direct talks without mediation is not so genuine at this point as the country is collapsing. IGAD, AU and Torkia Countries are helping the warring parties to the south Sudanese conflict to reach an immediate solution that will bring a long lasting peace in the country.

    It is not bad idea but it seeks political evaluation and co-analysis.

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  • 15 February 09:24, by frank

    which direct talk again ? u were allowed to have peace in 2016 u destroyed it in less than 6months

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  • 15 February 09:35, by Lenin Bull

    Good move.South Sudanese should discuss their own system of governance and security. No country in the world open up its security and defense secretes to all foreigners except only political simpletons. I hope peace is coming soon tomorrow. Keep it up my beloved people. Don’t allow Ethiopians, Kenyans, or Sudanese security agents to use the peace talks to study your weaknesses and filtrate Southsu

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  • 15 February 09:40, by Lenin Bull

    Continuation— security system. This will have catastrophic consequences in the both the short and long run. The world is in anarchy and these mediators today may be our worst enemies and rivals tomorrow!! Take care and be mature politically. Let us not remain at village level as a country characterized by naivety and moronism.

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  • 15 February 10:06, by Kush Natives

    South Sudanese people MUST try everything pssible to stop this senseless violence, even Riek Machar vs Salva Kiir can talk, if that mean to halt the conflict. People are getting tired of commenting on the same whole shit overtime.

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    • 15 February 20:27, by Eastern

      Riek and Kiir can’t talk because Kiir hates Machar for everything Machar!

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  • 16 February 01:13, by lino

    What brought you to mediation in the first place???!!! People have been telling you the government since July, 2013 to set down as a party and resolve issues, but the President’s advisers who have been recruited by Bashir went their own way to dismantle SPLM/A and the president gave them the room.
    No way someone has to solve our problems!!!

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