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Political parties call for immediate return to negotiating table

Author : | Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014

About 21 political parties are urging IGAD mediators to resume the negotiations between the government and SPLM-A in Opposition and the stakeholders.

On Monday, IGAD mediators suspended stakeholders’ negotiations in Addis Ababa to give participants enough time for consultations.

The mediators also said they suspended the peace talks because the SPLM-SPLA in Opposition demanded more representation on their side.

On behalf of the parties, the SPLM Secretary for Syndicate and Popular Organization, Acuil Malith Banggol, in a press conference this morning, said all the political parties want the talks to resume urgently.

“We urge the IGAD mediators to reconvene the multi-stakeholders peace talks as soon as possible so that comprehensive peace agreement could be concluded within the 60 days specified by the IGAD Heads of State and government,” said Mr Malith.

Early this week, the government said they would go back for talks in Addis Ababa when they receive an invitation from IGAD for the resumption of talks.

“We call upon the two warring parties, the government of South Sudan and SPLM-SPLA in Opposition to consider the plight of the masses of the people of South Sudan over the years and come to the negotiating table forthwith in good faith and with the political will to stop the ongoing war and usher the country into sustainable everlasting peace.

SPLM-DC, SANU, ANC (African National Congress Party), USAP (United Sudan African Party), SSDF (South Sudan Democratic Forum, among others, are some of the political parties calling for resumption of talks.

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