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Nairobi Talks: Gov’t delegation consults on sticky issues

By Philip Buda Ladu


As the Nairobi peace talks, [Tumaini Initiative] between the transitional government and the South Sudan opposition holdout groups clock two months next week, the government delegation has returned to Juba for consultations with the leadership regarding some contentious issues.

The delegation headed by the government chief negotiator to the talks, Albino Mathom, and the rapporteur, Michael Makuei, said the talks are progressing well, with over three protocols being tackled.

The team, which is currently in Juba, concluded their briefing to the Presidency on the talks.

Speaking yesterday after meeting the First Vice President and all the vice presidents, the government head of delegation, Albino Mathom, tipped the media about the progress being made.

“Since the launch of the talks, in which more than three protocols have been intensively discussed, there are challenges facing the talks in certain areas where guidance is requested from the presidency, and that is why we are here (in Juba),” said Mathom.

However, when journalists asked for details of the progress and challenges in the talks, the government rapporteur and information minister, Michael Makuei, said all media questions would be answered during a press conference they will convene today (Friday).

“Well, we did not come here to give you details of what we have discussed today. Of course, we are calling you for a press conference, and this is where you will get all your details, whatever you need, and all the answers to your questions,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“So today we have just come to greet you to tell you and inform the people of South Sudan that this delegation came from Nairobi. We briefed H.E. the president yesterday, and we briefed the first vice president and all the vice presidents today, and tomorrow we will be holding a press conference. You will be notified of the time and the venue,” Makuei added.

According to Makuei, after the delegation concludes its consultation meetings with the presidency, the team will return to Nairobi.


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