South Sudan peace talks postponed

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Addis Ababa, 20 May 2014 (WIC) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced on Monday that the third session of Phase II of the South Sudan peace negotiations has been postponed to June 4.

The session which started on April 28 has seen the signing of a new ceasefire agreement by President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar on May 9.

The two sides agreed to cease all hostile activities, and recommitted themselves to implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and facilitate the full deployment of IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

Earlier, on May 5, the two sides also signed a Recommitment on the Humanitarian Matters, to allow for the opening of humanitarian corridors within South Sudan and from neighboring countries, facilitate safe humanitarian access and assist all humanitarian support and guarantee inclusive humanitarian coordination.

According to the press statement released by IGAD, the Special Envoys, chaired by Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, have persuaded the conflicting sides to set up “two working Committees namely Security Arrangements and Humanitarian Affairs Committee and Political Committee… and have produced working documents on implementation modalities matrix for the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the Framework for the Political Negotiations towards a Settlement of the Crisis in South Sudan”.

Announcing the postponement of the negotiations, the Special Envoys also underlined the importance of the conflicting sides honoring all the agreements they had previously signed.

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