Gov’t delegation back in Juba for consultation

By Opio Jackson

The government delegation to Khartoum peace is back in Juba for further consultations on some of the issues they wanted to be advised by the cabinet.

Addressing the press yesterday after the Council of Minster’s meeting, Lily Albino Akol deputy Minister of Information said Dr. Elia Lomuro and Awut Deng Achuil were in Juba to brief the government about the progress in the peace talks.

She said the cabinet had fully agreed with the Entebbe proposal because it believed that it was fair and just. “It seems that other parties including the SPLM-IO had issues with Entebbe proposal. They submitted their concern to the mediators, as result the mediators’ drafted new proposal in order to accommodate all the views of the parties.

“However, this proposal has been shared by our negotiation team in Khartoum and deliberated on but they also have areas of concerns that still need to be addressed,” Ms. Akol said.

She said most important, the areas that the team would continue to negotiate on included the Office of the President.  ‘Our team always maintains throughout the document of the agreement that office should be referred to as the Office of the President as opposed to it being referred to as the presidency,” she said.

Ms. Akol stressed that this is a minor disagreement that our team would agree on. However she said in the new proposal the structure of the office of the President would be “our incumbent President Salva Kiir.  ToGNU will also have two deputies, the First vice president will go to the SPLM-IO, the fourth vice president shall be for the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and then fifth vice president will be for the former detainees and to be held by a woman. She said the new proposal was different from the Entebbe proposal.


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