World
Political detainees join new S. Sudan talks
Publish Date: Jun 21, 2014
Political detainees join new S. Sudan talks
South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) arrives to the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) on June 11, 2014 in Addis Ababa. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Taddeo Bwambale

Multi-stakeholder roundtable negotiations on South Sudan opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, in a new bid to end fighting in the war-torn nation.


The talks will for the first time feature former detainees who are members of SPLM alongside representatives of political parties, civil society and faith-based organizations.

The negotiations will have representatives from the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition), IGAD disclosed in a statement on Thursday.

The launch follows the June 10 commitment by South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to expedite and complete dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within sixty days.

 “The talks are expected to finalize the modalities for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the warring parties that was re-affirmed on 9 May 2014,” IGAD mediators said in their statement.

“Negotiations will also begin on a new political dispensation, to include the parameters of a transitional governance agenda and arrangements for a transitional government of national unity,” the statement stated.

According to IGAD, the talks will be conducted in a participatory and round-table format to foster an inclusive process.


A woman prepares food in an IDP (Internaly Displaced Persons) shelter in the UNMISS camp in Juba. PHOTO/AFP
 


South Sudan's soldiers sit on a truck at the airport in Juba earlier this month. PHOTO/AFP

In May, Kiir and Machar signed a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa and pledged to freeze all forces in their current locations.

However, hours after the agreement was signed, both Kiir and Machar’s forces were engaged in fighting in parts of South Sudan, denting their commitment to resolve the conflict amicably.

Earlier this month, IGAD postponed a new round of peace talks and instead convened a symposium to discuss the crisis with over 150 delegates from the government, opposition, political parties, faith based groups, civil society and traditional leaders.
Delegations representing Kiir and Machar at the symposium agreed to a more inclusive, representative and forward looking process to end the fighting through peace talks.


Also related to this story

New round of S. Sudan peace talks delayed

Warring South Sudan rivals sign peace deal


S.Sudan rivals are warmongers, mediators say

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
European stocks on Ebola, eurozone concerns
Europe's main stock markets pulled back Friday on concerns over New York's first Ebola case and the outlook for the eurozone....
Mexico governor steps down over student disappearances
The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students vanished a month ago following a confrontation with police allegedly linked to a major drug cartel has bowed to pressure to stand down....
A doctor who recently returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said....
Missing Mexico journalist found shot dead
THE editor of an investigative magazine in violence-wracked northwestern Mexico who disappeared two weeks ago was found dead with gunshot wounds...
Bashir calls opponents for talks
SUDAN'S President Omar al-Bashir has urged opponents to join him in 'national dialogue' talks, days after it was announced he would be seeking re-election...
Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances
A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student-teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday....
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter