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A negotiator representing South Sudanese rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar said that his team expects a new round of peace talks, due to kick off Monday in Addis Ababa, would focus on the formation of a transitional government as agreed in a June 10 deal with the government.
“When peace talks resume tomorrow, the participants will take up reviewing the implementation of the agreement signed on June 10 that called for the creation of a transitional unity government within 60 days [from signing the deal],” Goy Joyool Yol told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
“Though that agreement has brought about no tangible result, the issue holds and it would take the center stage when talks resume tomorrow,” he added.
The young nation has been shaken by violence since last December when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of plotting to overthrow his regime.
Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have since been displaced in subsequent fighting, while large swathes of the population continue to face an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis.
In recent months, the two rivals have held on-again, off-again peace negotiations in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Djibouti-based East African trade bloc.
In June, both sides agreed to form a transitional government within 60 days, i.e., before August 10.
Asked if there is any fresh agenda his camp will table, Yol said: “there is no new agenda from our side.”
He went on to say that his camp is "committed to the peace talks and we want a speedy solution to the crisis so that the plight of South Sudanese people comes to an end.”
The rebels had not taken part in recent multi-stakeholder talks in the Ethiopian capital, claiming that civil society organizations located outside of the South Sudanese capital Juba were left out.
“We had demanded that civil society organizations operating outside of Juba be made part of the talks and now that we are told they will be taking part, there is no need to boycott as we did last time,” Yol said.
Concerning the proposed formation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, he said: “That has been a demand of most of the people of South Sudan and it should be realized.”
S. Sudan peace negotiators leave for Addis Ababa talks
The South Sudanese government peace negotiators left here Sunday for Addis Ababa for the resumption of peace talks with rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar.
"The president has directed us to reach a deal and this is what we are going for," Information Minister Michael Makuei, who leads the team, told reporters at Juba international airport before their departure.
"We are going to negotiate in good faith and see that we bring back peace and stop the crisis in the country," he added.
Makuei hoped rebels would be equally committed to peace.
"They have to be serious and committed so that we can reach the end amicably," he said.
"What the country needs now is an end to this crisis and not bickering and dodging the truth," added the chief negotiator.
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