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South Sudanese rival parties make no major progress in ongoing peace talks


May 15, 2018 (JUBA) - The latest round of regional-mediated South Sudanese peace talks ended with no progress toward a political settlement as government offensives continued in opposition-held areas.

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The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) at the African Union Hall, Addis Ababa (Getty)

Rival parties in South Sudan’s conflict meeting in Ethiopia for consultations aimed at bridging the existing gaps, ended without a significant breakthrough, dashing hopes and sparking fears of the resumption of major attacks.

Cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said the government he led participated in the consultations in “good faith” and it was up to the mediation team to sieve through positions and views of the various parties.

“It is our hope in the transitional government of national unity that this conflict comes to an end as soon possible, that we accept sharing of responsibilities so that everyone feels included. The president of the republic affirmed his commitment to ending the war through political settlement by allowing those who feel they need to be part of the government to come in and begin to make their contribution”, Lomuro told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The minister, however, stressed the need to expand the executive and legislative arms of the government in an effort aimed at accommodating everyone in the government instead of a lean government.

“In our view, sharing of responsibilities seek to include everyone instead of reducing the size of the cabinet and the parliament. But those in the opposition are saying something else. They are talking about lean and even proposing of people who should not participate in the government,” explained Lomuro.

The opposition is also talking of a government of technocrats, he said.

“We asked what does this mean and who these technocrats are but nobody was able to provide a clear answer and logical explanation. If they are talking of expertise, the president of the republic himself is a career officer, a professional soldier who fought in liberation wars. His entire was life was in the army. He knows inside out of the army and you know the best leaders are those who have had the opportunity and zeal to be in the army than some of us in politics,” added the minister.

According to Lomuro, the army is mandated to traverse every part of the world’s youngest nation, enabling them to meet and interacts with different people as they execute their constitutional duties.

“So all these proposals are diversionary tactics to addressing real issues and stop the war. It shows clearly that those in opposition are not for peace and people of South Sudan and the world should know it is those in the opposition who are not serious and should deal with them”, he further stressed.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) led High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) will resume in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.

On Monday, the head of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), urged South Sudanese parties at the forum to put the interest of the country first and make compromises necessary to achieve resolution of all the outstanding issues.

"This country has missed so many opportunities to make durable peace and we should not allow the HLRF [High-Level Revitalization Forum] to be squandered,” Festus Mogae told reporters in the capital, Juba.

Since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those allied to former first Vice President Riek Machar, tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than three million displaced as a result of the conflict.


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  • 16 May 2018 07:01, by Eastern

    But who are these foolish kind-hearted donors picking the bills of these VERY UNPRODUCTIVE enterprise of IGAD dubbed the HLRF? I mentioned way back in August 2017 that the IGAD HLRF won’t resurrect the ARCSS 2015 which died in July 2016. The JCE have already made their position known through the Dinka 200 Years Plan. It’s time for PLAN B!

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    • 16 May 2018 07:38, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      I looked at the proposals made by both the SPLM-IO and SPLM-IG in the recent consultations in Ethiopia. The government proposals are unrealistic compare to that of SPLM-IO. I’m not a supporter of any armed oppositions but we must be truthful and honest. Our government is so defensive and block chances to peace in South Sudan.

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      • 16 May 2018 07:59, by Games

        Rumbek. S. Sudan
        All three have each its own proposa. IGAD, Opposition and the government. But the IGAD and others will be going to compares both government and Opposition and take off those don’t make sense and Deals with the right ones

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  • 16 May 2018 07:04, by Games

    JCE and his Nuerwew are making things tough to themselves. Guys. After this round of peace, IGAD would lose their jobs as the US and EU will cut off the funds. Salva Kiir and his administration must better change their mind soon before it too late.

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  • 16 May 2018 07:07, by Malakal county Simon

    It’s seems like we have a long way to go in search of ending this senseless war caused by unwanted president....

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  • 16 May 2018 08:05, by Proverbs

    1/5. Lomoro says "...you know the best leaders are those who have had the opportunity and zeal to be in the army..."

    Mr. Lomoro, the idea that a leader’s skills can be applied to all other field or career is not plausible.

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  • 16 May 2018 08:06, by Proverbs

    ...Kiir might have been a great military commander during the war but that doesn’t make him a great leader because being a leader for the all country is not the same as being a military commander. He mostly dealt with soldiers under his command during the war NOT civilians. Note the difference!

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  • 16 May 2018 08:07, by Proverbs

    2/5. Yes, to some extent, some of the best leaders have hailed from the army but a leader whose qualities doesn’t match that those of potential followers is simply obsolete.

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  • 16 May 2018 08:07, by Proverbs

    3/5. The purpose of a leader is to mobilize others toward a goal/goals shared both by leader and followers. Kiir doesn’t have this skill right now—he had it during the referendum but lost the day he invited the JCE into J1.

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  • 16 May 2018 08:08, by Proverbs

    4/5. Right now, Kiir is depending on the obsolete presidential “decrees” and the military means to rule because the people have lost hope in him and doesn’t have any “SHARED” goal with his regime.

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  • 16 May 2018 08:09, by Proverbs

    5/5. The most honorable thing Kiir can do now is step aside and let other people with vision lead South Sudan to sustainable peace and prosperity.

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    • 16 May 2018 13:27, by wau nar

      many thank mr Proberb i wish everybody should talk like you who direct his statement toward the leader not the intire jienge the posible solution to vote him out from the postion through ellection not by war/figthing all jienge.

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      • 16 May 2018 13:54, by Kenyang ll

        Rumbek S Sudan, Proverbs, Wau Nar thank you. I agree with you, Peace, lasting peace will come only if we are honest and respectful to ourselves and neighbors.

        Wau Nar,
        Dinka, Monyjang or Jieng are the acceptable and respectful spelling for these South Sudanese. Anything else can refer to an insult.

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