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ADDIS ABABA - 7 Feb 2018

South Sudan peace talks go smoothly on second day

Yesterday’s deliberations at the ongoing peace talks between South Sudan’s warring parties in Addis Ababa went smoothly without challenges, a renowned South Sudanese civil society activist said.

“From morning until afternoon hours, the delegates made inputs on the content of the agreement on declaration of principles. The spirit of making inputs was encouraging and motivating,” Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, told Radio Tamazuj yesterday night.

In the evening, Yakani said, the agenda for revitalization of chapter 1 on governance was opened for deliberations.

He pointed out that the agreement on declaration of principles would be presented today for review before the delegates could sign it as planned by the East African regional bloc IGAD.

“The possibility of the agreement on declaration of principles being signed on Wednesday or within the week is high,” Yakani said.

He noted that the delegates demanded ample time to come up with a clear position on a question posted by IGAD mediators that what are the concrete proposes for inclusive implementation of the 2015 peace agreement?

 Talks between South Sudan’s warring parties kicked off on Monday in Addis Ababa.