President Salva Kiir’s initiated peace talks between the Sudan government and the opposition groups has kicked off in Juba.
A reliable source close to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)-North told ChimpReports that President Kiir had already met the two factions of the SPLM-North in Juba and the parties were ready to unite to kick start discussion with the Sudanese Government.
“The process of reunification of the SPLM-N has already started. President Kiir has already met the two groups in Juba. We are optimistic that we are going to unite the SPLM-north. We trust President Salva Kiir in mediating this process,” he said.
“We see that this is a new chance and this chance will be utilized. This is a new situation, we want to regain the strategic relation between the two Sudan,” the Source close to the opposition said.
“The unity of the SPLM-N is the only way to survive in the harsh environment of the north,” he added.
President Kiir initiated the peace process between the Sudan and the opposition groups.
According to reports, a number of political analysts criticized the initiative by president Kiir to mediate the talks saying Kiir reciprocated President Bashir for engaging the South Sudan warring parties that led to the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.
But he disputed the narrative saying it was an ongoing initiative since 2011.
He added that President Omar Al Bashir met President Kiir before the independence of the South.
“For those who are saying that the initiative was to reciprocate what has been done by Bashir, it is not true,” he added.
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 continued the fight against the Sudanese Government.
The two states have been accusing each other of supporting rebels in both countries.