By Juol Madhal
Talks between South Sudan government and opposition groups at the high level peace revitalization forum in Addis Ababa have been adjourned after the parties reached a deadlock.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad)-led high level revitalization has been adjourned because the warring groups failed to reach an agreement on power sharing and security arrangements.
Activist and director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization,( CEPO), Edmund Yakani, who is at the talks in Addis Ababa, confirmed to ChimpReports that the talks have been adjourned and will resume after three weeks.
“This round of talks has been officially declared closed by the IGAD special envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais,” Yakani said.
Opposition parties, civil society activists and faith-based groups have been attending the regional bloc’s meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for two weeks to discuss the road to peace in South Sudan.
The troika countries of Norway, the United States and Britain — the countries that funded and facilitated the 2015 South Sudan peace deal — issued a statement Friday throwing their weight behind the efforts of IGAD to end violence in South Sudan.
“While useful dialogue has taken place over the past two weeks, there is much more for the parties to do if the HLRF is to make meaningful and sustainable progress towards peace,” the statement said.
The troika called on South Sudan’s various parties to reconvene as soon as possible, without preconditions, to address the security and governance arrangements essential for peace.
The troika’s statement renewed its firm view that elections in South Sudan could not be viable in 2018, given the continuing conflict, lack of security, displacement of one-third of the population and severe food insecurity affecting half the population.
The opposition groups refused to discuss IGAD’s proposed power sharing arrangement, which would give 51 percent control President Salva Kiir’s party and 49 percent to the various opposition groups.
Lasu said the opposition parties were advocating for a lean and effective transitional government in South Sudan