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Rival parties have chance to strike peace deal – UK

Author : | Published: Thursday, August 6, 2015

The warring parties have the chance in the next round of talks in Addis Ababa to negotiate and agree on key provisions in the Compromise Agreement, the UK ambassador to South Sudan.

International mediators under IGAD-Plus have given the proposal to the parties in a new effort to bring peace to the country.

In power sharing, the document suggests that the government would take 53% of ministerial positions at the national and 33% for the SPLM in Opposition.

The former political detainees would take 7% and another 7% would be for other political parties.

In the structure of government, the mediators have proposed the creation of a new position of First Vice President to be filled by the SPLM in Opposition.

The parties will discuss the issues this week in Addis Ababa. Amb Tim Moris told Eye Radio that the parties should use this chance to reach an agreement.

“It is a proposed compromised agreement. It means there are elements in it one side or another or one group or another, do not like,” he said.

“Here is the chance to actually negotiate on that; to trade it for something else; to sit down with the other side or the other parties and actually come up with a slightly different solution.

“But I think the point about it this time is that this is a moment to narrow this down and take it serious.”

Mr Tim says both parties could be sanctioned if they fail to reach a peace deal.

The UN Security Council has already sanctioned six military officials on both sides of the conflict for their role in the violence.

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