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Government on political parties’ peace delegates

Author : | Published: Monday, September 15, 2014

The government wants the political parties’ delegation to be composed of those in the government, the leader of the SPLM-DC, Dr. Lam Akol has said.

Dr Akol, who has been a peace delegate on the government side, does not hold any position in the government.

On Saturday Dr. Lam Akol said he and other four political leaders were stopped from travelling to Addis Ababa to participate in the next round of South Sudan Peace talks.

Addressing the media at Juba International Airport, Dr. Akol said the other political parties that are not in the government have views different from the other stakeholders, which they need to present during the negotiations.

He said for his party, the SPLM-DC, peace is a strategic issue that does not accept any compromise.

“We as political parties, have developed a position since July and that position is that we gave to the mediators and that position is what we are negotiating on and it is that position that we want to persuade the other stakeholders to adopt, so that we bring about peace in South Sudan,” said Dr Akol.

The spokesperson of the government’s delegation to the peace talks, Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, said he was not ready to speak to the media as he was travelling to Addis Ababa.

The phase two of the sixth round of South Sudan Peace Talks is scheduled to start today in Bahir Dar, a city outside the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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