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JUBA - 2 Feb 2018

Government declines to reveal its stance on next round of peace talks

File photo: President Salva Kiir
File photo: President Salva Kiir

South Sudan’s government on Thursday declined to reveal its position on the revitalization process of the 2015 peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

South Sudan’s warring parties are due to resume the second phase of the peace revitalization process on 5 February.

“We don’t want to announce our position via media. You cannot announce your position through the media if you know the meaning of negotiations. People should sit down and discuss,” Michael Makuei, minister of information told Radio Tamazuj.

“We cannot reveal what we are going to discuss,” he added.

Makuei, who is also the government spokesman, reiterated his government’s commitment to bring about peace through the IGAD-led revitalization forum of the 2015 peace accord.

On Tuesday, South Sudan’s cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia also said they didn’t want to issue a position paper without knowing the agenda of the upcoming peace talks.

South Sudan’s main rebel leader Riek Machar and alliance of political parties led by Kornelio Kon in Juba have already announced their positions on the revitalization process.