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Sudan peace parties resume peace talks in Juba

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Mediator Tut Gatluak announces the suspension of the peace talks surrounded chief negotiators on 26 December 2019 (Photo Sovereign Council)
April 2, 2020 (JUAB) - South Sudan’s mediation announced the resumption of peace talks between the transitional government of Sudan and the armed groups, adding it would be indirect due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The negotiations had been postponed for a week following the sudden death on 25 February of Sudan defence minister Jamal Omer who was also the head of the government negotiating team for security arrangements.

In a statement released in Juba, the chief mediator Tut Kew Gatluak said it was agreed with the Sudanese to resume discussions on Thursday 2 April.

"The mediation committee agreed with the negotiating parties that the negotiations should be indirect at the beginning of the first weeks of April, due to the health conditions the world is going through after the spread of the new coronavirus," Gatluak added.

He said the mediation on Wednesday received the position papers of Darfur groups and the SPLM-N Agar and extended it to Sudanese government negotiating team.

Before Omer’s death, the mediation had proposed to reduce the number of negotiating teams.

The one-week extension means that the peace agreement should be signed by 16 April.

The parties have two weeks to agree on the security arrangements and finalize some pending issues on the power-sharing file.

"The mediation committee calls on all negotiating parties to take courageous decisions in order to reach a comprehensive and lasting peace," said Gatluak who recalled that parties "peace is the main demand of the Sudanese people at the present time".

(ST)

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  • 2 April 19:34, by Mayendit

    It is the good news for Sudanese people but where is holdout groups?. The negotiation is the only chance to rise your concerns so that, the rest of the world would hearing your problem. Maybe the holdout groups don’t trust the government of South Sudan otherwise, there’s no reason for them to wait and talk inside Sudan.

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    • 2 April 20:48, by The Rhino

      Mayendit,

      Forget about the Sudanese or South Sudanese people and their holdout groups..COVID-19 is on the march!Yes,South Sudan has already captured cases of the vicious virus (COVID-19) like any other country on the planet.Its only that they don’t have effective efficient (this) virus detecting machines to run standardized mechanisms like the rest of the ’developed’ countries.Shit,rich Dinka....

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      • 2 April 20:58, by The Rhino

        Mayendit,

        ..people are busy crossing borders bringing this shit virus from infected countries uncontrolled to South Sudan through the help of your fucking ’illiterate president Kiir’..and here you are, squatting and talking about South Sudan being COVID-19 free?Bullshit!The reality is different,..foolish fucking Dinka ’leaders’ are long screwed!

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        • 3 April 05:53, by Mayendit

          Rhino
          Your hated on Dinkas people Will never help you. Second to that, the world are facing such a trouble coronavirus and there are no medication to cures the Covid-19. I don’t see any blame to the President Salva Kiir Mayardit when in reality, the rebels are the one should takes that blames, because there had been no developments because of wars created by Riek Machar.

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  • 3 April 06:03, by Mayendit

    Rhino
    The refugees people have told to returned back to their communities unfortunately, they have rejected even though the peace agreement was signed in 2018 years ago yet, they don’t wants to returned back to their communities. Riek Machar Teny also told the UNMISS that, the refugees people must stayed in their camps therefore, you should directly pointing your blaming to him and law breakers.

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    • 3 April 06:40, by Chiir

      Apparently the borders aren’t closed for these political leaders. What is the urgency and why can’t they talk online? Tut Gatluak is misadvising the president on this! Mr. Gatluak, COVID.19 does not know how powerful leaders are! Watch out, man. We do not have hospitals to combat the fucking COVID.19, remember?

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