South Sudan talks ‘postponed’

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JUBA, South Sudan

Talks between the two sides of the South Sudan conflict that were meant to happen on Tuesday have been postponed for two days, according to a UN-owned radio station:

The postponement comes a week before they are due to form a coalition government on 12 November following a peace deal.

Although no reason was given for the postponement, International Crisis Group (ICR) warned in a report on Monday, that the two warring parties are not ready to work together.

It predicted that President Salva Kiir is “hinting at” assembling a government without opposition leader Riek Machar.

If this prediction comes true, it goes against the power-sharing deal they agreed in August 2018 which said Mr Machar would return to government as one of five vice-presidents.

“South Sudan could slide back into war,” ICR warned.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict which broke out in 2013 after a power struggle between Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar.

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