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Second round of South Sudan Peace Talks delayed

Reports from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, say the second round of the South Sudan peace talks has been delayed due to disagreements about who should participate and who shouldn’t. The government of South Sudan is opposed to the participation of the seven politicians it released last month who want to take part as an independent third party group. It is also opposed to the participation of civil society organisations who have asked for representation, saying they represent the civilian population which should have an input in the peace process because it is bearing the blunt of the current conflict. The talks started almost three months ago but have not achieved anything substantial. Even the ceasefire agreement signed at the end of January this year has been violated several times by both rebel and government troops. The sponsors of the talks who include the United States of America and several member states of the European Union have warned that they would take measures against any side that will frustrate the peace process. The peace talks are mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD. The second round was supposed to resume last Thursday, March 20th.


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