South Sudan Salva Kiir is set to mediate the peace talks between the Khartoum and armed opposition groups in South Sudan including the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM/A)-North which is being led by members which were part of the SPLM/A-South during the war of liberation.
The move came barely a week after the Government and opposition leaders converged in Juba to celebrate the signing of the Khartoum Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
Kiir’s security advisor, Tut Gatluak told a news conference on Monday at the state house-J1- that the move by Kiir to mediate the peace talks was to ensure that there was also peace in Sudan.
“It has become incumbent for the government of South Sudan to mediate peace for Sudan in as much as Sudan has mediated peace between the opposition in South Sudan and the Government,” Gatluak said.
He added that the talks will include all the oppositions that are fighting the government of Sudan especially the SPLA/M North in Southern Kordofan and Angsanan.
According to Gatluak, all the opposition groups in Sudan have accepted Kiir to mediate the talks between them and the Khartoum regime.
“Next week, meetings of mediation will start in Juba where delegations-from the Sudan government and the rebels groups-will be converging in Juba and start talking for peace,” he added.
Asked whether mediating the Sudan talks would not interrupt the implementation of the Revitalized agreement, Gatluak said “we don’t think there is any risk.”
Khartoum was mandated by the regional body; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development IGAD) to meditated the peace talks between South Sudan Government and the opposition groups that led to the signing of the R-ARCSS.
South Sudan seceded from Sudan on 9 July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended civil war.
After gaining independence, the SPLM/A-North have been fighting the Khartoum regime in the Southern Korfofan and the Blue Nile Region.
The two countries have since been accusing each other of supporting rebels in each state.