June 28, 2014(Addis Ababa) — The SPLM Leaders (Former Political Detainees) met in Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, 27th June, 2014, to discuss the request of Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth, a member of the SPLM Leaders (FD) to join the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army in-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO). He expressed his genuine desire to go and assist the SPLM/A (IO) politically.
The meeting endorsed the request of Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth to join SPLM/A In-Opposition since this is his individual wish at this critical juncture in which the people of South Sudan are yearning for peace and democratic change.
We trust that Amb. Ezekiel will pursue the struggle for just peace, democracy and justice in South Sudan and add political value to SPLM/A In–Opposition. Having shared in the common experience of the struggle for independence of South Sudan and the fight against despotism, we can only wish him well in his new political endeavors.
The SPLM Leaders remain solidly united and fully committed to the agenda of achieving peace, stability and democracy in South Sudan by peaceful means together with the other South Sudan stakeholders in the IGAD mediated Peace process.
Cde. John Luk Jok
Spokesman, SPLM Leaders
Addis Ababa, 28th June, 2014