Wednesday December 13, 2017

Makuei wants peace talks moved from Ethiopia

South Sudan Minister for Information and Broadcast, Michael Makuei, centre, gives a press conference alongside other delegation members in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a day after South Sudan's warring parties met in Addis Ababa for the first time since fighting erupted three weeks ago: FILE PHOTO

JUBA – South Sudan’s Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth criticised the way Ethiopia and other IGAD countries handle peace talks in Addis Ababa and suggested a new venue needs to be discussed for the talks to move forward.

Makuei in a speech yesterday evening in Addis Ababa questioned the seriousness of the host nation (Ethiopia) and personality of the Chief Mediator, Gen Seyoum Mesfin.
“The talks we are seeing here will not move forward due to the fact that the mediator is trying to impose himself without considerations of the other parties especially we the warring parties. There is never any peace talks like this anywhere in the world where the mediator becomes the problem. In that case if the chief mediator is not willing to stand a lone as a mediator, talks should be moved to somewhere else.” – Makuei said
The information Minister’s criticism adds to the growing frustration of the Juba government who feels that there is nothing to be negotiated with the rebels after all whom they believed to have fractured.
Makuei didn’t specify which country the government have in mind to move the talks.
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