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    South Sudan Opposition Says Too Many on Government Peace Talk Team

    South Sudan opposition spokesman Lul Ruai Koang says his side was taken by surprise by the 100-plus government delegation that showed up in Addis Ababa for the third round of peace talks.
    South Sudan opposition spokesman Lul Ruai Koang says his side was taken by surprise by the 100-plus government delegation that showed up in Addis Ababa for the third round of peace talks.
    Lucy Poni
    The 14-member opposition team attending South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa said Thursday it was caught off-guard when the government showed up in the Ethiopian capital with more than 100 delegates ahead of the next round of discussions next week.

    "The government came with a huge delegation comprising of the main government delegation, about 38 from other political parties and about 24 from civil society," opposition spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said.

    "All those are affiliated to the government in one way or the other. And all these people were selected without our prior knowledge and we were not given the same opportunity,” he said.

    The opposition complained about the imbalance and threatened to indefinitely postpone the peace talks.

    It withdrew the threat when the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is organizing the talks, agreed to let more opposition delegates attend.

    South Sudanese presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the scores of delegates in Addis Ababa were there for a symposium that is taking place ahead of the talks.

    IGAD said the three-day symposium, which began Thursday at African Union headquarters, is bringing together representatives of South Sudanese civil society, the government and opposition, political actors, faith-based groups, and traditional leaders.
     
    The symposium comes four weeks after President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed an agreement in the Ethiopian capital to end months of fighting and seek a political solution that includes all players, not just the warring parties, to the crisis in South Sudan.

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    by: Nobody from: Nowhere
    June 07, 2014 6:01 PM
    Lul Ruai Koang is the military spoken,how dare he interfere in politic? He thought the will be tear apart by this huge number of people.Anyway let it be.incase they continuou making their foolish demands,they will be tear apart
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    by: Makjohnson from: South Sudan
    June 08, 2014 3:49 AM
    Let them go to Addis Ababa. They thought the issue is to do with voting on whether Salva Kiir continues as the president of R/SS. They don't know that, Ethiopia is a home to million of Nuer and, cannot wine voting. However, IGAD has its own agenda already on the table and, the so-called government delegates will never changes either of its original drafts.

    by: Sanya kenyi from: Juba
    June 07, 2014 4:33 AM
    IGAD shd lead Adis talks with xtra care to avoid collapse of water pot at the door.The two sides shd be given equal opportunity.

    by: critic from: anywhere
    June 07, 2014 2:10 AM
    The oppositions should know that south sudan is not made up of two tribes (dinka and nuer) or splm in that matter. In order to stamp out this tribal rebellion, all stark holders in south sudan must be part of this peace negociation. No party should be rewarded for this baseless rebellion. The rewarding of rebels has been the cause of countless rebellions in south. Peace must be achieve and observed by all waring parties and who ever want seats in the parliment must do it through election. Kiir must also allow election to take place as scheduled in constitution.

    by: SouthSudan-iam from: Juba
    June 07, 2014 12:39 AM
    I hope the IGAD and the international community is aware of the deceitful strategies of the government of Kiir. I hope IGAD and the international community recall how the government orchestrated a lie "a coup d'etat" to give them a licence to kill indiscriminately and get rid of their political opponents? I hope the IGAD and the international community recall the fact that UDF leader and other members of the opposition party had been denied participation in the Addis Ababa Symposium? If the government is honest and genuinely seeking peace for the people of South Sudan to resume their normal life in a peaceful environment, why did they seize the passports of those political leaders and deprive them of taking part in the national political dialogue?

    This government is not genuine and the IGAD and the international community should not trust them. The international community should take over the country. The UN has the obligation to impose a UN administration to bring law and order in the country. Meanwhile, the political parties reorganize to campaign for the next election.

    by: wnyin from: canada
    June 06, 2014 5:39 PM
    It seems to me that this website voanews.com, since the start of the South Sudanese conflict, has been reporting mostly from the opposition perspectives as if they were bribed or bought off.

    by: Lisa from: Tx
    June 06, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kiir stand up like a man and face Dr riek, instead of pretending , before that you appointed five presendent to act under intermin period and now 100-pus. Kiir. your not a leader, just accept that you can't handle the truth just step down. We all know south sudan is still single party under south sudan government. Am just asking IGAD if they are for helping southern sudanese, they have to call for election, kiir must go if not the killing will never stop. If kiir have a human heart he would have step down or call for election. If you look careful the civil society group are all splm, second the so-called 38 opposition parties are all kiir's people, the chiefs are being brought in for show.

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