Rome talks between R-TGONU & SSOMA postponed till further notice

Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister in the Office of the President : Courtesy

Rome talks between the government and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio have been postponed indefinitely due to what the government described as a “last-minute” change.

“As you may be aware, the Delegation of (R-TGONU) was scheduled to depart today for Rome via Addis Ababa to participate in peace negotiations under your kind auspices, with the (SSUF/A) & Real SPLM components of (SSOMA),” said Nhial Deng Nhial, in a letter addressed to Paolo Impagliazzo, Secretary-General of the St. Egidio Community.

“I regret to inform you that this will no longer be possible due to last minute developments that are totally beyond our control. I am accordingly requesting postponement of the Talks till further notice.”

“We shall of course endeavor to propose a new date for the Talks as soon as the circumstances prompting our request for the postponement have abated. Accept Excellency the assurances of my highest personal regard and consideration.”

South Sudan’s government and the coalition of holdout groups have engaged in peace talks under the auspices of the St. Egidio Community in Rome. However, the parties disagree on some points each time they are close to finalizing a deal.