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Ethiopia Not Suitable Venue for South Sudan Peace Talks: Minister

‘South Sudan’s Peace Process Shouldn’t be held hostage by the political crisis in Ethiopia’ – Gov’t Spokesperson

Ethiopia has its own problems to solve rather than hosting South Sudan’s warring parties to solve their problems.

BY TESFANEWS

South Sudan government has proposed a change of venue for hosting the next round of the High-Level Revitalization Forum due to the political situation in Ethiopia, Minister of information, Michael Makuei has said. Continue reading Ethiopia Not Suitable Venue for South Sudan Peace Talks: Minister

South Sudan Accuses IGAD Chief Mediator of “Dictating” Negotiations

Michael Makuei to Seyoum Mesfin – “If you move away from mediation and become a dictator, then you are not a mediator”

By Sudan Tribune,

The South Sudanese government has accused the chief mediator in its ongoing talks, Seyoum Mesfin of dictating terms ahead the deadline set for a final peace deal to end the 20-months old conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

Addressing reporters in Addis Ababa on Saturday, information minister Michael Makuei said peace negotiations is a process that does not require a deadline.

“If you move away from mediation and become a dictator, then you are not a mediator,” he said.

“We have attended so many mediations and they have not been that way. Peace talks is not an event but a processes and if it is a processes then there is no way of setting a deadline,” the minister told the state-owned SSTV. Continue reading South Sudan Accuses IGAD Chief Mediator of “Dictating” Negotiations

Juba Pull Out of Peace Talks, Rebels Accuse IGAD of Confusing the Process

South Sudanese peace process has been held hostage by Ethiopia through the Chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin. His inept and inconsistent nature has been perfectly used by either party in the conflict to delay the signing of a final peace agreement. (L-R) Taban Deng Gai, Head of the rebel delegation and Nhial Deng Nhial from the government

By Sudan Tribune,

The South Sudanese government announced today that President Salva Kiir would not travel to the Ethiopian capital to meet his rival Riek Machar for peace talks as it has officially pull out of the talks despite 17 August deadline.

Martin Elia Lomoro, minister of cabinet affairs told reporters that government lead negotiators have been called back to Juba for consultations. Governors of the ten states were also called to Juba for consultations with the president. Continue reading Juba Pull Out of Peace Talks, Rebels Accuse IGAD of Confusing the Process

South Sudan Accuses Foreign Powers of Blocking Peace Deal

“I urge South Sudanese leaders to be cautious of foreign interventions in their ongoing conflict, [as] some unnamed countries had direct interests from [the conflict] in your country.” – President Isaias Afwerki (Sudan Tribune, April 28, 2015)
By Sudan Tribune,

A senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has accused unnamed foreign powers of allegedly playing a negative role in blocking attempts to resolve the more than 19 months long civil war with the armed fighters allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar.

This came after many previously similar accusations and blames directed to foreign powers as Juba seemed to have been frustrated by almost every member of its neighboring regional nations to the north, east and south, with the exception of Uganda which has directly supported president Salva Kiir’s government in the war against the armed opposition forces. Continue reading South Sudan Accuses Foreign Powers of Blocking Peace Deal

Unless Change Tactics, Current IGAD Approach Cannot Bring Peace: Kiir

“Machar should not be rewarded with position of first vice president…. Where in the world is somebody who planned a coup brought in to share power that he wanted to take wholly for himself?” – President Salva Kiir

By The East African,

AS THE South Sudan peace process continues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir spoke with The EastAfrican at State House in Juba.

As the president of South Sudan, why do you think your country is facing an internal war only three years after Independence?

The conflict came as a result of personal ambitions of individuals who wanted to take power by illegal means because they were afraid that they would not be elected if they went to the people. They opted for a military coup; when they failed; they transformed themselves into a guerrilla insurgency.  Continue reading Unless Change Tactics, Current IGAD Approach Cannot Bring Peace: Kiir