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South Sudan factions boycott new peace talks
Publish Date: Jun 17, 2014
South Sudan factions boycott new peace talks
Seyoum Mesfin (R), Chairman of IGAD Special Envoys to South Sudan, gives remarks at the launch of the Multi-stakeholder Roundtable Negotiations on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AFP Photo
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SOUTH Sudan's warring forces have boycotted a new round of peace talks in protest at being accused of seeking a military solution to the conflict, mediators said Monday.

The latest blow to peace efforts comes after several months of talks that have already been hit by delays and boycotts over other seemingly trivial issues, such as the venue of the talks themselves.

The delay comes as the the civil war in South Sudan passed the six-month mark, having already left thousands of people dead, more than a million displaced and pushed the world's youngest country to the brink of famine and genocide.

"The two parties, who are not here with us, told us that they are not joining us," chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin, from the East African regional bloc IGAD, told reporters.

South Sudan's government said it objected to comments made last week by IGAD executive secretary Mahboub Maalim that the two sides were "stupid" for believing military victory was possible.

Government team leader and Minister of Information Michael Makuei told AFP they would "suspend attendance or participation in the negotiations until this issue is addressed".

Former South Sudanese detainees attend the launch of the Multi-stakeholder Roundtable Negotiations in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Members of the Government and Rebel South Sudan forces are set to meet again this week to resume peace talks. AFP Photo

The rebels said they were boycotting talks, claiming they were not consulted on who will attend, calling the selection of delegates "faulty" and demanding a "transparent and inclusive process".

The talks, being held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, have so far cost over 17 million dollars (12 million euros) but have failed to stop the war.

Mesfin pressed both sides to return to the negotiating table urgently.

"With every day passing, human lives are lost and destruction continues," he said.

President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival Riek Machar committed themselves again last week to a ceasefire and agreed to forge a transitional government within 60 days. Two previous ceasefire deals swiftly collapsed.

Fighting broke out on December 15, pitting government troops against militia forces loosely loyal to Machar. The violence has taken on a complex ethnic dimension, with the Dinka people of Kiir fighting the Nuer, Machar's tribe.

AFP

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