March 10th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan opposition leader Pagan Amum Okiech has said talks between the government and holdout opposition groups have been postponed over the outbreak of the coronavirus and that mediation was working to set a new venue and date for the talks.
This comes after presidential envoy Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said last week that talks in Rome, Italy, has been moved to Brussels, Belgium, over fears imposed by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia on Monday, Amum confirmed that talks have been postponed and a venue has been changed because of the outbreak. He said mediators were working to identify a new venue for the talks.
“Yes to talks have been transferred to another city possibly Berlin and postponed to later date. The mediators are working on both the venue and the date,” Amum said.
He further said the revitalized unity government in Juba has not yet appointed its negotiating team.
“It seems also that the R-TGONU has not yet appointed its new delegation,” he said.