South Sudan Ends Boycott on Peace Talks in Hopes of Ending Civil War
South Sudan has ended its boycott of the peace talks in Addis Ababa, talks aimed at ending the civil war that has dragged on in the country since 2013. This is a step in the right direction as the talks’ goal is to rebuild and restructure the country in a way that will help ensure peace and stability for the youngest nation in the world. If an agreement is achieved, this will be the second peace accord signed by South Sudan. The first fell through after it was signed in 2016.
02/08/2018 South Sudan (AllAfrica) The South Sudanese government ended a boycott Tuesday after mediators accepted the participation of its entire delegation in the revitalisation forum.
The second phase of High-Level Revitalisation Forum began on Monday in neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
But the government delegation skipped the talks when the Igad-led mediation team refused to accept its extra participants having limited the seats of parties to the talks to 12 members each.
The South Sudanese officials had insisted that their delegation included a number of advisers and experts needed to tackle a number of issues being debated in the forum.
But Juba appears to be prepared to throw more spanners in the works after the government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, said that the President Salva Kiir’s administration is not prepared to negotiate issues such as the restructure of government and army.