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Nairobi Talks; Parties respond to peace protocols

By Staff writer

 

The parties participating in the Nairobi peace talks will today provide their input into a 75-page document that will be transformed into peace protocols.

Last week, the mediators presented a summarized version of the presentations made by the parties on four key topics: political issues and governance, justice, economic issues, and security.

“The parties have received the document, and we will look into it. We have requested three days, and on Monday, the parties will be making presentations or responses to this document,” said Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth who is also a rapporteur.

In May, the parties signed the Declaration of Commitment, a framework aimed at promoting inclusivity to address differences and boost the peace process.

The government and members of the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) group denounced violence as a means of resolving differences and called upon all citizens to engage in constructive dialogue to facilitate the peaceful resolution of any grievances.

They also agreed to open civic and political spaces, allow citizens to participate in peaceful political processes, and respect, protect and guarantee the freedom of expression, assembly and association.

Days ago, the Government of South Sudan and SSOMA reached an agreement on the substance of their discussions regarding a document for building trust.

The document was developed through a confidence-building process initiated by the Kenyan mediators to align the contentious issues raised by the delegations during the discussions.

The finalization of the peace protocols is expected to pave the way for further progress in the talks.

 

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