Juba, 06 December, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The recent suspension of South Sudanese government’s participation in the Rome peace talks does not mean that the “door for peace” in the East-Central African nation is permanently closed, a Catholic Missionary Nun in the country has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Sr. Elena Balatti also criticized the government’s decision to suspend participation in the peace talks and described the move as “a blow to the negotiations”.
In a November 24 Sudan Tribune report, South Sudan’s government announced the “suspension of its participation in the Rome peace talks,” accusing the Non-Signatories South Sudanese Opposition Groups (NSSSOG) of “lacking commitment.”
In a letter addressed to the Secretary General of Sant’Egidio Community, the Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, South Sudan’s Presidential Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin accused some opposition groups of preparing for war.
“While we have been preparing to engage in serious dialogue with the non-signatory South Sudan opposition groups to bring lasting peace to the people of South Sudan, it has come to our attention that this group is using these talks to buy time as they prepare for war,” the South Sudanese government official has been quoted as saying.