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South Sudan hopeful of peace deal with rebels at next talks

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July 16, 2015 (JUBA) - Senior members of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Thursday expressed optimism of the possibility of reaching a peace agreement in the next round of talks with armed opposition groups allied to the country’s former vice president-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.

South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Photo: Getty Images)

South Sudan’s foreign affairs and international cooperation minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said he was optimistic peace would soon return to the country, if the armed opposition fighters showed commitment and reciprocate with the same commitment and willingness to make compromises similar to what government made.

“Peace is coming. From day one, the government has never shown any indication of unwillingness to bring peace and end this crisis. The government made it very clear that it was ready to negotiate with the SPLM in opposition and made bold decisions and compromises. This was because of the commitment of the president to end this conflict so that peace and stability return to the affected areas”, said Marial.

"If the SPLM in opposition had shown commitment and reciprocated in the same manner the government and the president exhibited leadership, we would have signed the peace long time ago," the foreign affairs minister exclusively told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

He said the two warring parties could still close existing gaps in the next round of talks.

"What remains is just 10% of the issues which are contentious but the 90% of the issues have been resolved. It is this 10% which we want to close”, stressed Marial.

Meanwhile, the secretary general of South Sudan’s governing party, Pagan Amum, said he was hopeful peace will be signed in the next round of talks with the armed opposition.

According to Amum, a team led by former cabinet affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol has been consulting with armed opposition leadership on how they could close the gaps on contentious issues, specifically federalism, security arrangements, compensation and most importantly on the structure of proposed interim government of national unity.

“We are expecting IGAD mediators to call on all the parties on the 21st or 22nd of this month, July, and then we are expecting the signing of a peace deal in this period," he said.

“My message to all listeners and the people of South Sudan is that this is the time for us to stop the war and we work together for peace and bring about peace to our country," Amum said during a talkshow hosted by the United States-sponsored Eye Radio.

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  • 17 July 2015 07:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    optimism of the possibility of reaching a peace agreement in the next round of talks with armed opposition groups allied to the country’s former vice president-turned rebel leader.
    But let be a true a story than hearingg oposite to tomorrow that will make south sudanese annoited

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    • 17 July 2015 15:50, by Ayuen deng

      I Don’t think if Riek and commanders will agree if thier demands are not agreed upon and nobody among negotiators have right to sign federalism,two armies and all compensation not until we South Sudanese will Vote for them and choose our own fates.

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  • 17 July 2015 09:51, by Mike Mike

    Don’t keep airing out unverified informations just for the sake of drawing public attention and later you will not implement it. How many promises did you guys announced on public TV regarding peace process and not yield positively as expected by the people of south Sudan?. Stop cheating the public all the time about peace to be reached soon between the govt and the rebel of Riek.

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  • 17 July 2015 15:16, by Altruistic

    Let hope the government & rebels reach a peace agreement in next round of peace talk. But we as South Sudanese must hold both side accountable for atrocities and human right abuse they committed against the civilians.

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  • 17 July 2015 20:21, by lino

    The Cowboy was just saying on July 9, 2015 that they are not committed to AU-IGAD drawn Peace Settlement. What are you taking about Barnaba Marial? Are there 2 government views about peace? Tell the truth please.
    You Khartoum boys introduced the violence to a united South Sudanese Community before 2013, and you must listen to the suffering of the people or quit your seats please.
    Immunity is over!

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