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South Sudan Delays Peace Talk To End Conflict

South Sudan has suspended the National Dialogue Steering Committee following very less percentage of members has yet reported for the duty.

The committee members were appointed by President Salva Kiir and only 20 percent of them turned up in the war-ravaged country. The minimum strength required is fifty-plus.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said, “It has been postponed until further notice because the percentage of the steering committee was only 20 percent. So we are waiting for committee members at least to be 50-plus percent before they are sworn.”

Late last year the president said the national dialogue would kick off in early March and now it is doubtful whether the discussions will really start even though it has been long awaited.

Ateny added in April the swearing-in of the members was delayed due to some technical and financial challenges.

Late last year the president said the national dialogue would kick off in early March and now it is doubtful whether the discussions will really start even though it has been long awaited.

Ateny added in April the swearing-in of the members was delayed due to some technical and financial challenges.

According to civil society activist Rajab Muhandis, the current South Sudan government is inconsistent to kick start the dialogue and the regular delays are weakening up the initiative and lead the people to lose hope in the ability of Kiir’s administration in bringing to end internal conflict.

Muhandis added that a robust committee is enough to effectively proceed with the discussions and bring hope to the citizens.

He also heads the South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections.

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