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Government report: Mabuza returns to Sudan for ongoing mediation talks

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South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza is in Juba attending meetings surrounding the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (RARCSS).

The main goal is to get the country’s warring sides to form a government of national unity.

On Tuesday, 14 January 2020, the South African Presidency said that the leading aim of the visit “is to zero in on consensus from the different parties on the issue of the number of states and their boundaries.”

“During the Consultative Meeting of Parties that took place from 1-4 December 2019, meaningful progress was made wherein parties moved from their original five divergent positions towards consensus on two positions, which are 23+1 and 32+ states,” the High Office reported.

Mabuza has, in his capacity as South Africa’s special envoy to South Sudan, held bilateral meetings with the guarantors to the RARCSS to mobilise for their continued support towards the peace process.

The finalisation of this matter would pave a way to the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity within the current extended period ending in February 2020, the Office continued.

“We have returned to Juba hopeful that parties will reach an agreement on a workable mechanism to resolve the matter of states and their boundaries. More importantly, [we want] to ensure that a Transitional Government of National Unity of South Sudan is formed before the expiry of the current 100-day extension.

“Our ultimate goal with all these efforts is to ensure a peaceful South Sudan where the guns are silenced for good and where her people pursue their development,” Mabuza said.



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