Khartoum, 16th July 2018. South Sudanese leaders at the talks in Khartoum, Sudan could use the oil factor to secure a good deal for the country, says civil society delegate at the negotiations.
Rajab Mohandis in his briefing notes says some South Sudanese express fear that Khartoum may use its mediation status to manipulate oil agreements in its favour.
He reminds that Intergovernmental Authority for Development or IGAD mandated President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to hold a third round of the face-to-face meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mohandis says what happens in Nairobi will depend largely on the outcome of the talks in Khartoum.
He assures that if the talks conclude in Khartoum with agreement on governance and security arrangements, Nairobi may have an agenda different from the outstanding issues.
An agenda for Nairobi could be of smooth implementation of the final peace agreement, he adds.
The activist says the mediation team consults with political and civil society groups, separately and compiles the outcome of the consultations into a draft proposed agreement.
He says the strategy tends to provide a fairly confidential environment that allows each group to explain its position without reservations.
The mediation also use “single country mediation” strategy, Mohandis stresses.
The Khartoum round of talks was the second phase of the face-to-face meetings between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny.