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South Sudan Peace Talks Set to Resume Next Week, IGAD Says

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) says peace talks for South Sudan are set to resume July 30, 2014 and run until August 10.The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) says peace talks for South Sudan are set to resume July 30, 2014 and run until August 10.
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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) says peace talks for South Sudan are set to resume July 30, 2014 and run until August 10.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) says peace talks for South Sudan are set to resume July 30, 2014 and run until August 10.

South Sudan's stalled peace talks are expected to get back under way next week, the regional bloc brokering the slow-moving negotiations, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), said Wednesday.

"All the stakeholders have reiterated their commitment to the negotiation process, which is tentatively scheduled to commence on 30th July, 2014 to 10th August 2014," IGAD said in a statement.

"The agenda of the next session will be to finalize and sign the Cessation of Hostilities Matrix and negotiation on details of the Transitional Government of National Unity," it said.

The IGAD-led peace process has so far produced a cessation of hostilities agreement, but it was violated almost as soon as it was signed in January.

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar recommitted to the ceasefire deal in May, and in June agreed to "end the war and to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) that will offer the best chance for the people of South Sudan to take the country forward," IGAD recalled in the statement. Since then, however, fresh fighting has erupted around the country.

The transitional government was supposed to be set up within 60 days of June 10, when the warring South Sudanese sides agreed to it. That would put the deadline for setting it up at August 8.

But that deadline is likely to be missed because the peace talks stalled 10 days after Mr Kiir and Machar agreed to the 60-day timeframe, and the two sides have not met since then.

A round of peace talks that was supposed to start in late June never got off the ground because the opposition refused to take part.

Opposition spokesman Hussein Mar Nyuot said at the time that his side did not attend the opening session of the talks in Addis Ababa because IGAD had ignored a request that stakeholder groups that have fled South Sudan or are based outside Juba be allowed to take part in the talks.

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by: Lisa from: Tx
July 24, 2014 7:01 AM
To all South Sudanese, all the world. Am asking each and every one to say the LORDS prayers before and after the on going peace. The reason is its only God who is going to give us peace if we ask him with our whole heart. I believe that through prayers we will get peace, but the main focus have to be on loving each other. For the people who think that the war is better then peace look into your heart and think about if that was your brother being killed for no good reason, just Jesus to forgive them.

Yes it not easy but you have too. For the army who are fighting please think twice, ask your self why kill innocent people? We all know that some of you guys are force to killing, you have to know could be that is your brother whom you have killed, let it not be too late. This time let us prayer for armies who are confuse by their leaders who are told to kill but to put down their guns, like the innocent ones who decided not to fight, but they where killed, please before you put down your gun ask for Gods Mercy and join the side which you think that they will bring peace but believe in your heart. Am asking God to forgive kiir army pls don't counter attack the innocent people if they decide to join Dr riek. And for you Dr riek lord be with you always.

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