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    South Sudan Peace Talks Collapse - Again

    South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei blames the collapse of the latest round of peace talks for the young country on the rebel side, which he says has reneged on an agreement reached earlier.
    South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei blames the collapse of the latest round of peace talks for the young country on the rebel side, which he says has reneged on an agreement reached earlier.
    John Tanza

    The latest round of IGAD-brokered peace talks for South Sudan have collapsed, Information Minister Michael Makuei said Monday, blaming the rebel side for the talks' failure.

    "Yesterday... the rebels reneged completely from all we had agreed" at an earlier round of talks, Makuei told South Sudan in Focus.

    "The mediators have decided to adjourn this session so that they can conduct further consultations on some of the issues that erupted in this last session," he said.

    The government wants to reach an agreement in the shortest possible period, but there is no way the government can reach peace alone, without the other party.

    Makuei said that when the latest round of talks began, the two sides agreed on several key issues that should have paved the way to a final peace deal. Among them, he said, was that the transitional government that is being set up to steer South Sudan from violence to peace would have 27 ministries.

    The information minister insisted the rebels, not the government, are standing in the way of peace.

    The main objective is to get peace, a reliable peace, a durable peace that will not take us back to war.

    "It is not the government which is obstructing the peace, it is not the government which is delaying the process. The government wants to reach an agreement in the shortest possible period, but there is no way the government can reach peace alone, without the other party," he said.

    Last month, Makuei dismissed a proposal presented at a summit meeting of East African leaders, that President Salva Kiir should share power with rebel leader Riek Machar in a transitional government.

    But on Monday, he said the government was willing to compromise if doing so would allow peace to be restored in South Sudan.

    "This is why we have created the position of prime minister," which would be filled by Machar, Makuei said.

    "This is why we have agreed to create more positions so that we accommodate those who want power," he said. The government has said the ongoing unrest was triggered by a failed coup bid, masterminded by Machar.

    "The objective of the government is not positions; it's peace. We are ready to buy peace at any expense," he said.

    Peace talks near 1-year anniversary

    The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is brokering the peace talks for South Sudan, which began nearly a year ago.

    Makuei said that if more time is needed to reach a lasting peace deal for South Sudan, "We can continue to talk for a year. We can continue to talk for more."

    "The main objective is to get peace, a reliable peace, a durable peace that will not take us back to war," he said.

    Although no death toll has been released for the conflict in South Sudan, U.N. officials said soon after violence erupted on Dec. 15 last year that at least 10,000 people had been killed. Another 1.8 million have been forced from their homes, more than half a million of whom have fled to neighboring countries.

    John Tanza Talks with South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei after latest peace talks collapse.
    John Tanza Talks with South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei after latest peace talks collapse.i
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    by: Matur makur from: Malakal
    December 27, 2014 9:18 AM
    We can't beg for peace guys if one side refuse 2 make peace no problem enough is enough & let see wat will take place.

    by: Son of a Nuerman from: USA
    December 26, 2014 3:24 PM
    My message is to the Nuer and the Dinka community. As someone who come from the descents of both the Nuer and And Dinka, it's really bother me when I heard some Nuers and Dinkas supporting the continuation of the war. Those young people we are losing on both two communities are some of brightens we have. This is a Hugh lost and big disadvantage for our two brotherly communities who fought side by side during the war of independent. For those of Nuers and Dikas who preaching for more blood shed to our people, please, think twice, look a round you, what do you see. Do not for get, we still have common enemy in our border.

    by: Anonymous
    December 26, 2014 1:13 AM
    The government should not beg for peace instead the so call rebels do so because if a small child is being cane by a big person for mistake that child do,the child should beg for pardon.they refused to do so.the solution is to fight until jesus come...I am ready to join your spla

    by: Aru from: Juba
    December 24, 2014 3:57 PM
    Rebel of one tribe claim 70% in power sharing with government of 64 tribes of South Sudan . madness is on the rebel side, In order for rebel to listen let us continue to fight.

    by: mamer from: juba
    December 24, 2014 3:34 PM
    Madness is not on government side for those who said but it's rebel themselves who are mad and hopeless by putting impossible issues to the talks such as rebel to have 70% in power sharing as if they defeated the majority. Remember the rebel of one tribe claims that.

    by: Mary Pal from: USA
    December 23, 2014 11:50 PM
    A war is not a solution. Blame game is a solution. Absent of leadership is a disease and cause a disaster. We are in disastrous conflict and it is failure of leadership in Juba whose duty is to encourage tribalism and corruption of public resources.

    by: KALÖRÖK from: Yei South Sudan
    December 23, 2014 2:20 PM
    In South Sudan, any one can say the peace has collapse because they do not want peace themselves. During the CPA negotiatins, Dr. Garang has to bring Dr. Riak close into the system where by Hon. Wani has give way because he loves peace. Why not to bring Dr. Riak into the system if our leaders really want peace? But this time another person from the system has to give the seat to Dr. Riak not Hon. Wani.

    Let us follow closely the vision of our fore leaders who love peace.

    by: MC Glazz from: South Sudan
    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM
    Sorry for adjournment of South Sudan peace talks in Ethiopia, madness of government side is big disease amongst S.Sudanese world wide

    by: Ayuiu Makuac Lam from: S. Sudan-Rumbek
    December 23, 2014 7:27 AM
    peace talks should not be beg as so from rebels of Riek Machar.
    government can decide the way to captured Machar to detention in order to save the life of innocence civilians around the country.

    by: James maway from: Calgary
    December 23, 2014 6:51 AM
    Mr Michael lueth is out of his mind anyway.just talk the talk that is what do best
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