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Return to the negotiation table, SPLM/A-IO told

Author : | Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014

The IGAD mediators are urging the SPLM in Opposition to ‘return to the negotiation table’ for the multi-stake holder peace talks.

The fifth round of talks started on Monday in the Ethiopia capital, Addis Ababa.

IGAD said the SPLM in Opposition delegation failed to attend the talks on Tuesday.

The mediators are urging them to respect their commitment to resolve the seven-month conflict.

In a statement, the mediators called on the people of South Sudan and IGAD member- states to urge the SPLM in Opposition to return to the talks without delay.

“The mediation renews its call to the SPLM/A In Opposition to honor its commitment to resolve the crisis. The mediation expects the SPLM/A (In Opposition) to immediately return to and fully participate in the multi-stakeholder negotiations, which will continue on 6 August 2014,” read the statement.

The civil society, religious groups and former political detainees are also involved in the talks.

The SPLM in Opposition said earlier that it does not want other stakeholders to be included in the negotiations.

The agenda of the talks is to finalize the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the negotiation of a Transitional Government of National Unity.

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