S.SUDAN SAYS PROGRESS ACHIEVED AT PEACE TALKS DESPITE DISAGREEMENTS
South Sudan on Saturday said there has been progress in the just-concluded second round of peace revitalization process to end more than four years of conflict.
"This phase was a successful phase that we managed to sign some of the provisions which were agreed upon in Chapter 1 and 2," said the Minister of Information Michael Makuei. "We agreed on most of the provisions on governance and security arrangements, except that we did not agree on some of the issues as well as in terms of the permanent ceasefire."
The two parties also agreed to continue with the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) up to the time when they sign a permanent ceasefire, Makuei said after returning to Juba from Addis Ababa.
The CoH has been violated on several occasions by the warring parties since coming into force on Dec. 21.
Makuei said a demand by 14 opposition groups for the resignation of President Salva Kiir's government and the dissolution of all institutions of governance including the security organs was rejected at the talks.
A proposal by regional leaders under IGAD for the creation of four deputy presidents has been rejected by the government, he said.
"The government is saying we are maintaining the status quo," Makuei said.
South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013, after a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir against Machar's Nuer ethnic group.
Source: NAM News Network