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60-day ultimatum ends without an interim government

Author : | Published: Monday, August 11, 2014

The warring parties in South Sudan have failed to reach an agreement on the formation of the transitional government of National Unity at the end of the sixty-day period yesterday.

The sixty-day ultimatum, which the warring parties gave themselves and promised to agree on a national unity government expired yesterday afternoon.

Speaking to Eye Radio in Addis Ababa, the spokesperson of government’s delegation, Michael Makuei, said it was unfortunate that they have not made a break through.

Our reporter in Addis Ababa, Nichola Mandil, quoted Mr Makuei as saying that ‘the onus is now on the IGAD mediators to grant additional time to the stakeholders to negotiate and reach an agreement’.

“The other political parties blame the government and the SPLM-SPLA in the Opposition for delaying the talks,” Nichola reported.

Members of the SPLM-SPLA in Opposition at the talks refuted claims that they were the cause of the delay in reaching an agreement.

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