NewsEast & Horn AfricaSouth Sudan peace talks stall


Posted on Friday, 06 March 2015 17:53

South Sudan peace talks stall

By Tinishu Solomon

Riek Machar (L) Salva Kiir (R) Photo©ReutersIGAD Mediators say negotiations between South Sudan's warring parties aimed at putting an end to 14 months of civil war in the east African country have been suspended without a deal.

Sudan Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar missed a 5 March deadline to reach a peace agreement.

This is unacceptable, both morally and politically

The negotiations were extended to Friday to enable them find a deal, but Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD assembly, Hailemariam Desalegn, announced that the warring parties had failed to produce results.

"I regret to inform you that the talks did not produce the necessary breakthrough," said the Prime Minister in a statement, Friday evening.

"The consequences of inaction are the continued suffering of you, the people of South Sudan, and the prolonging of a senseless war in your country," said the Prime Minister.

The peace talks, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), had sought to bring the leaders of the two parties to Addis Ababa for a face-to-face meeting to find solutions to end the crisis, among them power sharing.

"This is unacceptable, both morally and politically," said the prime minister, regarding the outcome.

While the statement does not mention whether another round of talks have been planned, Hailemariam Desalegn says IGAD "remains hopeful that the promise of peace will be fulfilled in the near future".

The mediator on Thursday said the talks had been extended to Friday to allow the two sides to finalise a power sharing deal.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on any party that would disrupt efforts to restore peace in South Sudan.

Fighting erupted in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar following a political dispute.

The fighting has killed more than 10,000 people and driven more than 1.5 million from their homes.

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