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Gov’t, SSOMA meeting adjourned in Nairobi

By Wek Atak Kacjang                      

The head of Government Delegation, Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial has confirmed that the talks between South Sudan Opposition Movement (SSOMA) and government which was due to be held on 18th January has been adjourned to February next month.

Speaking to Juba Monitor via phone from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya yesterday, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the talks has been adjourned but other meetings are still continuing to meet the splinter groups of Gen. Paul Malong Awan the leader of South Sudan United Front (SSUF) and Pagan Amum of R-SPLM in Nairobi.

“The Kenyan government agreed that talks can go on in Nairobi but currently the talks are still on but the date has changed. As you know the foreign Secretary for Organization (Sant ’Egidio Community) Dr. Paolo, came here last month in Nairobi and met with Kenyan President and indicated that the talks would be hosted in Nairobi due to the other groups who broke away from Thomas Cirilo group led by Pagun Amum as well the party of Gen. Paul Malong,”

He added that generally the talks were going well. “Although they are divided we are talking to them differently. As you know some SSOMA group are members of Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM),” Dr. Marial said.

He revealed that the national government is committed to bring all the holdout groups to join the peace process in the country.

He called on all the holdout groups to come on common understanding to find lasting solution to the country’s conflicts because last year we agreed with the opposition groups under the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) to continue to observe the ceasefire reached earlier on in January before resuming the next round of talks to discuss the root causes of problem,” Dr. Marial stated.

However, Dr Marial did not specify the exact day for meeting with the two groups of Gen. Paul Malong and Pagan Amum but insisted it would be next month of February.

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