2 May 2014

East Africa: South Sudan Postpones IGAD Summit Over Tight Schedule

Juba — A regional heads of states and government meeting initially planned for Juba, the South Sudan capital on Saturday, has been postponed due to tight schedules.

Mawien Makol Arik, the spokesperson for the foreign affairs ministry, told Sudan Tribune that a later day would be determined in consultations with member countries of the regional bloc (IGAD).

"Due to other businesses and other commitments, it is going to be impossible to for the IGAD [meeting] to take place," said Makol.

"The government is accelerating peace discussions and President Salva Kiir's administration is committed to peace talks", he added.

The cancellation of Saturday's gathering was equally confirmed by a member of the IGAD negotiating team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"Yes, the meeting was cancelled at about 10am [local time] today [Friday]", the official said, but did not elaborate further.

IGAD is mediating the stalled peace talks between South Sudan government and its rebels led by former vice president, Riek Machar. A series of negotiations mediated by IGAD have since been taking place, with its third phase resuming this week, amidst uncertainty.

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