World Bulletin / News Desk
A second round of talks between the South Sudanese government and rebel leader David Yau Yau is due to kick off in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa next week, a government official said Friday.
Following a Friday cabinet ministers' meeting with President Salva Kiir, Deputy Information Minister Nyadak Pual told reporters that talks were set to resume next week.
He did not, however, provide an exact date.
"The government shall go back for a second round of talks with David Yau Yau; it will be next week," Nyadak said.
"I'm sure the talks with Yau Yau will bear fruit, because, since the cessation of hostilities agreement was signed, he has respected it," he added.
In January, the government signed a ceasefire with Yau Yau, the leader of a rebel group based in South Sudan's oil-rich Jonglei State.
Yau Yau, who hails from the Murle tribe, has led a rebellion against the government since 2010 after losing provincial elections.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Victor Omuho Ohidei, a member of the government's negotiating team, said talks were about to resume, but likewise declined to provide an exact date.
"Yes, the talks are going to begin. We will travel to Addis Ababa, most probably over next weekend," Ohidei, a lawmaker for the Eastern Equatoria State, said.
According to Ohidei, the talks' agenda – including a long list of rebel grievances – has already been set.
"The agenda is there; a very long provisional list of grievances. We will go and discuss them," Ohidei said, noting that the issue of the establishment of a new state for minority ethnic groups – one of Yau Yau's chief demands – was included on the agenda.
Yau Yau, a former theology student, first rebelled against the government in April 2010 after losing Jonglei State Assembly polls.
He accepted a government amnesty in 2011, eventually returning to Juba where he was promoted to the rank of general in the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
In 2012, Yau Yau returned to the bush, reiterating demands for a new state in return for halting his rebellion.Last Mod: 01 Mart 2014, 09:53