South Sudan offers to mediate Sudan negotiations

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South Sudan’s government has offered to mediate negotiation between Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition protesters.

Sudan played a vital role in the negotiation process of South Sudan’s peace deal last year and now its southern neighbour wants to repay the favour. President Salva Kiir is reportedly concerned about the events currently taking place in Sudan and keen to see a transitional government established as quickly as possible.

South Sudan offers to mediate Sudan conflict

South Sudan presidential minister Mayiik Deng was part of a four-person delegation led by Kiir’s security adviser, Tut Galuak, that visited the Sudanese capital of Khartoum for two days last week. Deng said the delegation urged Sudan’s rulers to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing political crisis and offered to mediate negotiations between the military council and opposition leaders.

While some might question South Sudan’s ability to mediate such discussions, considering its own security issues, Deng says his country is the most qualified candidate.

The presidential spokesman told VOA that South Sudan understands the people and society of Sudan better than any other nation while emphasising the importance of speaking the same language.

Featured image: By Mayiik Ayii Deng – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66851866

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.