South Sudan

SPLM-G7 Pushed Out of Peace Process

approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to the report, sick the Ethiopian Prime Minister, visit web Hailemariam Desalegn, brought together both government and rebel delegations and held consultation meetings on Saturday in Addis Ababa in an effort to push stalled talks forward.

During the same meeting, it was resolved during the meeting that an internal SPLM reconciliation forum be instituted and facilitated by IGAD, Ethiopia’s ruling party and South Africa.

“I am convinced that once the SPLM party dispute is resolved, the national problems by and large will be resolved,” Desalegn was quoted as saying.

Desalegn, according to the report, said the two sides must negotiate and bring peace to South Sudan, adding that the talks cannot be further delayed because of the seven members of the SPLM who want to attend the talks as a third party.

At the beginning of this year, the head of the rebel delegation, Gen Taban Deng Gai, cited the unfulfilled conditions like withdraw of Ugandan troops, respect for the ceasefire agreement and most importantly, the need to include the 7 released detainees in the peace process to justify boycotting of the talks.

The US and United Nations put IGAD on pressure to include the 7 released detainees in the peace process so as to speed up the talks and end the violence.

“Released detainees from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) must be part of the national political dialogue in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country reiterated today as anti- and pro-Government representatives prepare to meet for a new round of peace talks,” read a statement from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The popular SPLM-G7; Deng Alor Kuol, Gen. Gier Chuang Along, Kosti Manibe (finance), Cirino Hiteng, Madut Biar Yel, Peter Adwok Nyaba, and John Luk Jok.

It remains unclear whether IGAD informed UN on the new development and whether the rebels won’t use it to boycott the talks again since the rebel spokesperson, Yohanis Musa, says they were “not consulted or involved in IGAD’s decision”.

(Source: ST)

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