South Sudan peace talks postponed: officials

Agence France-Presse

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A second round of peace talks have been postponed. A spokesman said the second round would start Tuesday, but there was no immediate confirmation

PEACE TALKS POSTPONED. South Sudanese internally displaced people (IDP) wait on a boat at Mingkaman's temporary camp, on February 9, 2014, as they head back to Bor. Photo by Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The second round of peace talks on South Sudan, scheduled to start later Monday, February 10, has been postponed, officials said.

“The talks are not resuming today,” South Sudan government spokesman Michael Makuei told the Agence France-Presse. A government official from host country Ethiopia confirmed the postponement. 

Makuei said the second round would start on Tuesday afternoon, but there was no immediate confirmation.

“We are informed that his excellency the prime minister of Ethiopia wants to attend the opening session. We are told that it is tomorrow afternoon,” Makuei said.

The first round of talks last month resulted in the South Sudan government side and rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar signing a ceasefire agreement, but fighting has continued in the vast and impoverished country.

The second round of talks will be trickier as it is supposed to bring about a comprehensive and durable solution to South Sudan’s problems. –

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