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South Sudan seeks change of peace talk venue


The opening session of the revitalization forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 18, 2017 (ST)
March 19, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government is seeking a change of venue for peace talks, citing the political situation in neighbouring Ethiopia which has been hosting the talks since the conflict broke out in 2013.

Presidential adviser on diplomatic affairs and the head of the government negotiating team said his country has hoped the next round of peace talks would resume as per schedules but the political situation in host country has pushed the time to allow certain internal arrangements and processes to be completed.

“Because of the necessity to accelerate discussions we feel it would be prudent if the IGAD member countries accept the talks to resume and if the current situation in Ethiopia requires time, we feel another one of the IGAD member countries should host the talks until when the situation in Ethiopia allows”, said Nhial Deng Nhial in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday when reached to comment on whether talks would remain on hold until the current political situation in Ethiopia addressed and what is the alternative they are considering to end the war.

Last February, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn abruptly resigned to pave the way for political reforms in the country following months of protests by the two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, the Amhara and Oromo.

After his resignation, the Ethiopian government declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency, but the situation remains stable and under control as the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front is still weighing best solution to ensure a lasting political solution.

The presidential aide did not choose a particular country in the region as a prefered place.

“ It is for the mediation team to decide. What we want is a place where the negotiations can resume,” he said.

In a related development, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the government wants the venue of peace talks to be changed to another place because of the political situation in Ethiopia.

Lueth preferred Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda as some of the places in the region where talks could be moved. He rejected Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan because of security and political situation.

On 16 February, the peace revitalization process was suspended after the failure of the parties to reach an agreement over security, constitutional and governance matters. However, the mediators said the process would resume within three weeks, maximum.


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  • 19 March 2018 22:00, by Garang Akeen Tong

    We haven,t problem with changing vanue of peace talk, but we need home grow peace this time around, not impose peace again.

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  • 19 March 2018 22:17, by Kush Natives

    We have no time to waste here! Ethiopia already have her issues that need handle with care. Therefore, I don’t think the peace process shouldn’t wait for the Ethiopian security to stabilize, because no one knows when. Let’s move the peace venue to Fagak or Rumbek, otherwise, each and every state should start making its own peace.

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  • 19 March 2018 22:30, by lino

    South Sudanese are in a big boiling barrel!!! How tell you to destroy your Peace Agreement! No agreement around the world will give you win-win.
    Parties have to compromise without reservations!!! Else you will be peace-less for long time to come.

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    • 19 March 2018 22:34, by South South

      Please re-read what you wrote and write it again. I understand nothing expect compromise is needed to bring peace to South Sudan

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      • 20 March 2018 00:53, by lino

        Ya South ,
        Now Adau we write on a fly and we care no less! Great you understand compromise and peace! It is good enough for a Southerner!!!
        How about changing how to who and add ‘s’ to ‘tell’?! Is that rings a bell for you?!

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        • 20 March 2018 00:56, by lino

          Correction: Adau here is nowadays that the smart phones is changing it to a Dinka woman name now!!!

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          • 20 March 2018 01:15, by South South


            You have done good job explaining to us what you mean, it’s great. I thought you would love no Dinka women as you want to kill all Dinkas in South Sudan. I think it will be very good for you to get a women who knows how to cook monkeys and rats, enjoy your delicious meat from monkey poop.

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            • 20 March 2018 02:03, by South South


              Last minute in our life to see people who enjoy monkey poop are making fun with Dinka names. I thought you love "KARAMA". Do you have a sibling called "KARAMA"?

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              • 20 March 2018 20:54, by lino

                Hahaha! Ya South,

                If you know KARAMA DA, what hick let you all run back to Bashir after December, 2013. Now he names some camp in Sudan as " Kiir Dagas"; "Maliish Ya Bashir"!!! KARAMA?
                You better die hunger than running back to terrorists.
                MONKEY eating; all SPLA had a taste of it during struggles; else they would have finished. Count even the zebras!!

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  • 20 March 2018 06:17, by Games

    It must be IGAD, AU, UN, EU and US that have authorities to change the menu of the peace if there are some security threats. The Oroma region which is such things happening in the Ethiopia is thousands of miles from the Addis ABBA. It is in the Eastern part of the country closers to Somalia.
    JCE must come out clean and clearly says it they don’t trust or wanted Ethiopia government to run the peac

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  • 20 March 2018 06:34, by Lenin Bull

    Why can’t these idiots in TROIKA and IGAD mediate peace talks in Ethiopia rather than allow Ethiopian government to kill civilians with zipped mouths!! South Sudan is being bullied and abused because of being a young country which is not yet strong diplomatically and militarily. You will see soon.Idiots!!

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  • 20 March 2018 06:46, by Sunday Junup

    You don’t want Ethiopia because you will be asked to take example of their leader is it clear? Even when it is done in where ever you go the example will follow. Now a day we will not allow Kiir to be rewarded for killing his people

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  • 20 March 2018 07:06, by Eastern

    Shifting the venue of these unfruitful talks with the cattle camp champions won’t change a thing. What will bring peace and stability in South Sudan is when Kiir ACCEPTS TO CEDE SOME POWER AND WORK WITH HIS BITTER ENEMIES. You can’t work with street boys selling PETROLEUM to fund the war as peace partners. You can shift the venue to the moon if you like!

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    • 20 March 2018 07:14, by jubaone

      Only once the IGAD secretariat gives a go-ahead for the venue transfer, can this be done. Ethiopia with an annual economic growth rate of 6-8% is unaffected by political issues. It is NOT like the shithole jienge republic which would degenerate into chaos and anarchy. Uganda is broke and Kenya has a record of kidnapping IO members. So NO change of venue. Case closed. Next

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    • 20 March 2018 11:26, by South South


      I would prefer to sit and have a meeting in a cattle camp than sitting in a dirty place where monkeys poop. Cow is good for everything and the best peace can come if we are in the cattle, not in the bushes where monkey will stink everything. I think our monkeys’ eater guys need to get it right this time and follow the best guys.

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  • 20 March 2018 07:32, by Cattle Camp

    Cattle Camp is the best venue for the talk.

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  • 20 March 2018 12:04, by Raankan

    Waste of time while Citizens are need for peaceful to settle.

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  • 20 March 2018 12:36, by Lenin Bull

    Folks, nothing good has and can ever come from Addis Ababa since the name Addis Ababa. These SPLA-IO idiots are wasting their times thinking peace will come from Addis Ababa.The only good things there are anjera, and women period.

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  • 20 March 2018 12:38, by Lenin Bull

    Let those patriotic citizens who love and respect South Sudan unite and make their own peace and continue development and let those NGUNDAENG deceived SPLA-Io diehards wait for Addis Ababa peace like those waiting the second coming of Jesus Christ!! Good luck idiots.

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  • 20 March 2018 14:35, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The idiots must be told to stop buying time for war. Their war strategy is as clear as sunlight. Come for talks or opt for war straight away.

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