News / Africa

South Sudan Peace Talks Stuck on Issue of Detainees

Spokesperson for the South Sudanese rebels Hussein Maar Nyout addresses journalists during ongoing negotiations with the South Sudanese government, in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Jan. 9, 2014.
Spokesperson for the South Sudanese rebels Hussein Maar Nyout addresses journalists during ongoing negotiations with the South Sudanese government, in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Jan. 9, 2014.
Gabe Joselow
Talks to bring peace to South Sudan appeared deadlocked Thursday as fighting between rival factions continues across the country. A political solution to the crisis remains elusive as neither side in the conflict will agree to budge on the issue of political detainees.
 
Delegations for South Sudanese rebels and the government remain in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for talks aimed at ending nearly a month of violence across South Sudan.

The fighting sprang from a power struggle between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his chief rival, former vice president Riek Machar. Clashes that began in Juba on December 15 have since spread to other parts of the country, pitting rival divisions of the armed forces and allied militias against one another.
 
A spokesperson for the opposition’s negotiating team, Mabior Garang, said they are waiting for guidance from mediators before resuming the talks.
 
“We are here in the peace talks with an open mind, and so we are ready to see what the mediators are going to propose and then as a group we can come to a decision,” he said.
 
The East African group of nations known as IGAD is leading the mediation efforts. Three IGAD envoys visited with President Kiir in Juba on Wednesday to seek a way forward in the talks.
 
They also met with several political prisoners who were detained by the government in the first days of the crisis, accused of plotting a coup.
 
The opposition has insisted that the detainees - who include Machar’s political allies - be released before agreeing to a cessation of hostilities.
 
South Sudan foreign affairs spokesman Mawien Makol Arik, speaking by phone from Juba, said the government cannot accept those terms.
 
“The position of government is clear, that the detainees are not going to be released, they should not be released with the current efforts to find a way for the cessation of hostilities and finally a cease-fire,” he said.
 
Meantime, fighting has been reported this week in the rebel-held cities of Bor, capital of Jonglei State, and Bentiu in Unity State.
 
While the violence began as a political dispute, it has taken on ethnic dimension with targeted killings and attacks between supporters of Kiir, a Dinka, and Machar, from the Nuer community.
 
At least 1,000 people have been killed since the violence began, with more than 200,000 displaced.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid