Home | News    Monday 7 December 2020

South Sudan peace talks make progress, says Sant’Egidio facilitator


Sant'Egidio Mediator Paolo Impagliazzo (C) poses with Barnaba Marial Benjamin (L) and Thomas Cirilo shaking hands after signing a ceasefire agreement in Roma on 14 Feb 2020 (Sant Egidio photo)
December 6, 2020 (ROME) - Peace talks between the South Sudanese government and opposition alliance have made significant progress even if there are still some outstanding issues, said the Sant’Edigio mediator on Sunday.

Delegations from the South Sudanese government and the South Sudan Opposition Movements’ Alliance (SSOMA) held a five-day meeting in Rome from Wednesday to Sunday to discuss a declaration of principles serving as a basis for negotiating on a peace agreement.

The government delegation was headed by Nhial Deng Nhial presidential Affairs Minister and Barnaba Marial Benjamin Presidential Advisor while SSOMA’s delegation with headed by Thomas Cirillo.

A separate meeting will be held in the upcoming weeks with the other faction of SSOMA led by Paul Malong and Pagan Amum.

Speaking to the Sudan Tribune on Sunday, Paolo Impagliazzo, Secretary-General of the Community of Sant’Egidio, and facilitator of the peace talks said that the discussions went well despite the parties failure to seal a declaration of principles.

The parties made significant progress during the past five days, Impagliazzo said, adding that they agreed to negotiate on the federal nature of the government, the issue of powers, the national identity particularly the respect for cultural and ethnic differences, a mechanism for the economy, the reform of the civil sector, and the rights of indigenous communities including the land ownership.

"But there are some outstanding points such as the nature of the conflict, the referendum to endorse the permanent constitution and the boundaries of the state," further stressed the Sant’Egidio mediator.

He stressed they are confident that an agreement would be reached before to add and "We would remain engaged with the parties".

The Sant’Egidio secretary-general underscored that the mediation carried out by their community is complimentary of the efforts of the IGAD to achieve peace in South Sudan. Also, he said they are keen to have IGAD Envoy to South Sudan with them in all the meetings.

The meetings were attended by special envoys Kalonzo Muskoka of Kenya, Betty Bigombe of Uganda, and Stuart Symington of the United States. Also, among the attendees, there were three diplomats from Sudan, Suisse and Japan.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Darfuris call for protection in vain 2021-01-21 06:45:46 By Mohamed Osman “It is the same as in the old days,” Adam Rojal, a coordinator in an internally displaced community in Sudan’s Darfur region told me recently, describing ongoing violence from (...)

Invisible female victims of armed militia attacks in Darfur 2021-01-08 15:19:56 By SIHA Network* On October 19th 2020, an armed group burned down the IDP camps of Oum Assal, Babanousa and Om Zegerat in Gerida locality. Gerida locality is composed of a number of villages (...)

Account Inventory for December Revolution in Sudan 2020-12-19 20:34:35 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of Sudan's Third Revolution as some like to call it, two years later during which Much has been achieved but risks still remain, (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.