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South Sudan peace talks to be suspended for Eid holidays

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64th Extraordinary meeting of the IGAD Council of Minister in Khartoum on 9 August 2018 (Photo Ethiopia FM)
August 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The final phase of South Sudan peace process in Khartoum will be suspended on Saturday during a week for Eid al-Adha holidays after finalizing the draft text of the revitalized peace agreement.

Since four days ago the South Sudanese parties have engaged in talks on the pending issues and the modalities of implementation of the revitalized peace agreement. The IGAD Council of Minister which supervise the process gave them one week to finalize their discussions before the 19 of August.

Speaking to the South Sudanese TV on Friday, the minister of information who is also the spokesperson of the government negotiating delegation said the talks will be concluded on Saturday as the parties are getting ready to review the remaining chapters of the peace deal.

"Almost all the committees agreed on the outstanding issues and now the IGAD Secretariat is on the process of preparing the final draft, but before they are actually working on the implementation matrix that we are expected to be brought out today (Friday)," said Minister Mickael Makuei.

Makuei further said on Friday they will examine and amend the remaining six chapters to make in conformity with chapters one and two. So on Saturday, they will "come out with the final draft text of the agreement".

Regarding the outstanding issues, the parties discussed the disputed number of states, the creation of five new ministries and their clustering, judicial reforms, composition of National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC), roles and responsibilities of the presidency as well as any other business.

On the implementation matrix, the most important issue was the competences and powers at the level of the presidency as a disagreement emerged the powers of the First Vice-President. The SPLM-IO said his powers should remain intact as defined in the peace agreement and rejected any modification pointing to the particularity of the job.

The minister said after the break of Eid al-Adha discussion will resume on the final text of the agreement.

Eid al-Adha is due to begin on 21 August and end on 25 August.

Once the parties agree on the text, the IGAD Council of Ministers will meet to approve it and then the summit of IGAD heads of state and government will be called to approve it before the signing ceremony.

"So we are optimistic in the first week of September the final process and the signing ceremony will be conducted as scheduled," he stressed.

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  • 17 August 22:54, by Eastern

    Khartoum is ready to give these Semitics so time off before they come for another futile attempts bringing back peace into South Sudan!

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    • 18 August 00:34, by Games

      Indeed they smartly using their cards wisely.

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      • 18 August 05:59, by Pakuai

        What card is cloned arab North Sudan using wisely? Taking a day off doesn’t mean anything. In fact, if they so chose to negotiate there in Khartoum for 10 years and don’t bring anything that will again be connected to evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus attack dogs, your cloned so-called arab of North Sudan & their gulf Arab states financiers, then we will be just fine>>>

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        • 18 August 06:04, by Pakuai

          But we have our doctors like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Majak Agoot and others who full of themselves and even want to sell our country to foreign interest groups simply to be made South Sudanese leaders. The level of hatred those foreign traitors & puppets have created among the South Sudanese people is going to hound them all their lives>>>

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          • 18 August 06:08, by Pakuai

            They have realized their quest for power at all costs had made a lot of enemies back in South Sudan and their only hope & protection they are after are their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs. But the foreign puppets & traitors know very well that this is South Sudan and they know how the South Sudanese people and their attitude to foreigners. Any criminals that will again

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            • 18 August 06:13, by Pakuai

              bring the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states & their evil juus attack dogs into our country must pay a heavy price. Our ancestors and ourselves fought pretty hard to extricate ourselves from those vermins & yet there are some criminals who to those vermins back in to our country & our lives again. They must be very careful>>

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              • 18 August 10:58, by jubaone

                Pakuai
                Just shut up little jienge and lost boy. You have no clear position. You’re attacking the very jellaba masters who are trying to raise you up and rebuking the Americans who once wiped your filthy jienge ass clean, raised you and enabled you get a country. What the f**k do you really want? A psychiatric doctor perhaps uh?

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    • 18 August 00:50, by South South

      Eastern,

      There is nothing to point fingers for against Khartoum. Peace is coming back to South Sudan because we want it. Cirillo shamefully sent his team to Khartoum and they are now part of peace negotiation, what a weak man!!!!. He thought he can hold South Sudan down alone, who is he? He will come back to Juba with his two legs on his shoulder.

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      • 18 August 10:53, by jubaone

        South South
        You jienge juronit. We’re still at the point of negotiations and nothing would suggest peace has already been signed. Peace is a process of "confidence building". It’s not as if Khartoum were dishing out walwal or food to hungry people. ARCISS 2015 was signed and reneged by Jienge savages. So?

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  • 18 August 03:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Theone or Theanus, South South,

    Evolutionary change is on the way. Your illiterate, ignorant, brutal, uncivilised, uncouth leader soon will be behind bars for his deeds. Also he will be in the history books in which Bokassa, Mobutu, Pol Pot belong.

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    • 18 August 03:51, by Theone

      With that language, it says all about you.

      Have a good day!

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    • 18 August 10:19, by South South

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

      When you come back to Juba after peace is finalized, you must keep your mouth shut. SPLA is still there and they can do to you what the did in last 5 years. Remember that very well.

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      • 18 August 11:06, by jubaone

        South South
        Jienge trash! The SPLA is dead. What we have has evolved from SPLAnyor->Nyor. It’s now a luakjieng army of illiterate village criminals, uniformed thugs, lack discipline and are only preoccupied with raping, stealing and killing. In other organized countries, such would be good as cooks, guards, porter’s and water carriers.

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        • 18 August 11:21, by South South

          jubaone,

          SPLA did defeat the rebels in South Sudan from all front-lines, the all world knows that expect a few monkeys in South Sudan who live in denial. Who care about what you think about SPLA? Kiir will be your president and SPLA will be your army. We are here to teach betrayers the lessons.

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          • 18 August 18:22, by jubaone

            South South
            Crying jienge. If the Nyors had defeated the opposition, there’d NO need at all for peace negotiations. Jienges would simply run the show alone. But impudent fools have realized that they can’t fight and lead at the same time and have shamefully accepted peace. Peace will come when the last jienge has quit Equatoria. Good bye aryan jienge

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  • 18 August 12:00, by Kush Natives

    jur_likang_a_ likan’g,Jubaone,Eastern,Games and alike, please refrain from derogatory term, this peace will freed everyone in South Sudan including wild animals, rats hunters and forth, so please stop being naive and negative always. Riek accepted the SPLA as our national and professional army, so who are you to keep running around with nonsensical propaganda?

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    • 18 August 12:09, by Kush Natives

      - if you have nothing to offer here on the process then you’re free to remain under the tree digging rats. What is your problem with Jieeng Luak? Luak will remain for millions years to come, because it’s part of Jieeng civilization, any society or community that has trading is not acceptable in any modern world. Stop negative attitude towards particular group!

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    • 18 August 18:38, by jubaone

      Bush Natives
      Bullshit. Where is it written that Riak accepted SPLA as a national army? Read the KPD on Security Arrangements ya jienge. There’s first disarmament, demobilization then reintegration of all forces to form a national army. All ethnicities will be represented and might be renamed to South Sudan Defense Forces. Ya aryan jienge. Dont misinterpret facts.

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