Ethiopia: Briefing on South-Sudan Peace Talks

Addis Ababa (HAN) March 13, 2015– Weekly Security and peace talks briefing News. The Ethiopian Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tewolde Mulugeta briefing regional journalists on South-Sudan peace talks, ‪Ethiopian involvement, ‪‎Sudan security issues‬ and ‪‎Egypt‬ ‘s recent tripartite discussion in ‪‎Khartoum on Nile water and on the visit of ‪‎Somalia Prime Minister, Omar AbdiRashiid.

Last Month, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, Chief Mediator at South Sudan’s IGAD-mediated peace talks  demanded that the two principals of the warring parties meet,

“without further delay” to agree on a power- sharing pact. Ambassador Seyoum said at the opening ceremony of the latest round of talks that this is “the final opportunity to make progress and usher in a new era of peace in South Sudan, we must not fail.”

The mediators have set March 5 as the deadline for President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to conclude the details of a final peace accord and transitional government. Kiir and Machar agreed at the previous round of talks at the end of last month to set up a transitional unity government to take power by July 9.

IGAD Chairman and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said he would encourage both principals to attend the talks which they had earlier promised to do.


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