Monday December 11, 2017

IGAD mediators recall warring parties back to negotiation table

Seyum Mesfin, Taban Deng and Mohamed Ahmed (Photo: VOA)


ADDIS ABABA – The mediators of the IGAD led peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa have called back negotiators of the warring factions of the South Sudan conflict to come and resume peace talks next week.
Gen Seyum Mesfin, the lead mediator of the IGAD-led peace process told the Upper Nile Times that time has run out and the warring parties have been given enough time to consult their respective administrations on the way forward for peace in South Sudan.

“Time has lapsed. the duration we gave to the two parties is already passed but we are still within the time frame we thought can be enough for any deal to be struck. Now we have requested the negotiators team from both side to come back so that we can kickstart the talks next week” – Gen Mesfin said.

Both warring parties were given 15 days to go back to their respective bases and consult on the recent IGAD resolutions specifically on power sharing between the President and the would be Prime Minister. The Juba faction completed their consultations more than a week ago. The opposition’s consultation however delayed due to logistics constraints as some of their generals in various parts of South Sudan could not reach the South Sudan border town of Pagak.
The group’s conference concluded today and their delegations are expected to be in Addis Ababa next week.



Tekle Mariam

A Senior news correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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