Armed Opposition Clarifies Their Position on the Upcoming IGAD-Plus Peace Talks
May 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership and members of SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition] clarifies their position on the most anticipated IGAD-Plus peace talks that are expected to resume sometimes next month.
According to the Chairperson of National Committee for Information and Public Relations, captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, the armed opposition welcomes the next phase of negotiations, and further the invited nations including the TROIKA, which compromises of the “midwives”, the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America(USA) and the Norway.
“The SPLM/SPLA is committed to the IGAD Peace Process; and further welcomes the new approach of IGAD-plus which shall include the Troika. The SPLM/SPLA welcomes any initiative that is geared towards finding a solution to the crisis in the country.” said Captain Mabior Garang,
“The SPLM/SPLA remains committed to the IGAD Peace Process, and respectfully urge the region and the world to use all means at their disposal to persuade our partners in peace to return to the negotiating table in good faith.” he further said.
The Opposition, however, reminds the regional bloc (IGAD), the international community and the South Sudanese people that Juba continues to violate the cessation of hostility agreement that were signed 15 months ago.
“The SPLM/SPLA would like to take this opportunity to remind the world that the Salva Kiir Administration has been in constant violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoH) signed on January 23, 2014. The forces of the SPLM/SPLA were in all the major towns of Greater Upper Nile Region of South Sudan.” Mabior said.
The opposition calls on the Salva Kiir administration to respect the CoH Agreement and accept the IGAD-plus peace mediation.
The SPLM/SPLA further calls on the continental body, AU, to avail its findings on South Sudan conflict to be used to expedite the next rounds of peace talks.
The son of SPLM/SPLA founder, Mabior, assures the SPLM/SPLA supporters that the armed Opposition is stronger than ever and that their “Movement is committed to finding a political settlement to the ongoing crisis”.
The warring parties have been constantly engaged in major battles in many parts of the country, displacing thousands of civil population, killing, abducting, rapping and setting many huts and turkuls on flames, specially in parts of Unity state.
According to credible reports by the United Nations, other NGOs and eye witnesses fleeing the affected areas, government troops lead the aggression and violations of human rights in these parts of the country.
In Jonglei and Upper Nile states, major battles have forced the government troops to vacate some of their strongholds including Malakal, the capital city of Upper Nile state and major towns around the only functioning Paluoch oil fields.
Although Juba has reclaimed some of these towns, it did not come without major sacrifices in term of death toll, military equipments and other national facilities including an helicopter and warships, in addition to grave human rights violations.
In other reports, the negotiators of the three main stakeholders; the GRSS, SPLM/SPLA and the SPLM-Leaders will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 7th of June to consult on the resumption of IGAD-Plus peace talks.