Home | News    Wednesday 3 February 2021

South Sudan suspends peace talks with holdout opposition groups


February 2, 2021 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government has suspended peace talks with the holdout opposition groups brokered by the Sant’Egidio community.

Talks between South Sudan government and opposition alliance took place in Rome, Italy from October 9-12, 2020 (courtesy photo)

Talks mediated by the Sant’Egidio religious community with the support of the regional bloc (IGAD) were due to resume in January between the government and a faction of South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) led by Paul Malong and Pagan Amum, but the office of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir they will not proceed as planned, citing “developments beyond control”.

The Minister for the Presidency, Nhial Deng Nhial regretted, through a letter to the mediation team, postponing the talks which he says would be convened when a new date is fixed and communicated.

“As you may be aware, the delegation of the revitalized transitional government of national unity was scheduled to depart today (Saturday 30th) for Rome via Addis Ababa to participate in peace negotiations under your kind auspices, with South Sudan United Front and Real SPLM components of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance. I regret to inform you that this will no longer be possible due to the last-minute developments that are beyond our control”, wrote Nhial in a January 30, 2021 letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

The top presidential aide asked for a postponement of the talks until further notice, saying a new date would be communicated once circumstances prompting the postponement of the talks were addressed.

He did not divulge details of circumstances that halted the talks.

The spokesperson for the government delegation, Benjamin Marial said the postponement of the talks was due to health matters.

He said some members of the government delegation tested positive for COVID-19 and have to adhere to the health protocols including quarantine and retests until they are certified for travel.

“It has been postponed and a new date is being set. It was postponed because of some health reasons. They had to test all the members of the delegation so that they certify everybody is free. That was the reason. Otherwise, the talks are not endangered in any way. So, when we have new date and after testing and quarantine, we can go,” Marial told Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday.

Officials in the office of the South Sudanese president attributed the cause to division over the nomination of the delegates and whether not delegated members should be authorized to conclude talks with a faction of Gen. Malong and Amum groups.

For instance, while some of the officials prefer a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, others, according to sources at the presidency, advocates for a piecemeal negotiation with a view of denying and weakening positions of opposition at the talks.

The opposition groups with which the government wants to negotiate a deal are depicted as individuals without military weight and posing no threat to the national security of the country.

A group under the leadership of Thomas Cirillo had accused Malong and Amum’s factions of trying to negotiate a return to the status quo, rather than addressing real issues which prompted the formation of their factions as opposition to the government.


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

Toward viable future for South Sudan 2021-02-23 06:27:19 A critique of ICG’s Africa Report No. 300, 10 February 2021 Dr Lam Akol The International Crisis Group (ICG) issued its Africa Report No.300 on 10 February 2021. The report attempts to address (...)

18th anniversary of armed struggle in Darfur 2021-02-23 05:21:00 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of the equal participation of members belonging to the armed struggle movements from the Darfur region in ministerial positions and (...)

Museveni proposal for political ethnicization in South Sudan is wrong prescription 2021-02-06 07:40:14 By Steve Paterno I just came across a video clip of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda addressing a delegation of the USA and UK on the situation about South Sudan. The meeting took place (...)


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.