S Su­dan talks threat

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Xin­hua

JUBA: South Su­dan’s gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day that ousted for­mer first vice-pres­i­dent Riek Machar would not be part of re­vived peace talks, de­spite a call by re­gional body In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Au­thor­ity on De­vel­op­ment (Igad) for all key op­po­si­tion groups to par­tic­i­pate with­out pre-con­di­tions.

Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the re­cent Igad com­mu­nique did not call for rene­go­ti­a­tion of the weak­ened peace agree­ment with Machar.

Ateny blamed the rebel leader for in­sti­gat­ing a clash in July 2016 at the pres­i­den­tial palace that left hun­dreds of sol­diers dead.

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