August 6, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The long awaited South Sudan peace talks resumed today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after it was adjourned on March 6th earlier this year.
Despite intensive consultations among the mediators and five months of intense fighting between the warring parties, the atmosphere of negotiations hardly improve.
While the SPLM/SPLA calls for peace, the Chief negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, warns the mediators that the term of Salva Kiir government has expired and therefore the GRSS does not deserve any special privilege in power sharing any more.
“But as we sit here today with my counterpart to negotiate a peace settlement. I would like to bring to the attention of the mediators and the South Sudan stakeholders that I am negotiating with a government that has lost legitimacy as of July 8th, 2015. Hence it cannot continue to claim legitimacy to deserve that special advantage in power sharing.” Gen. Taban Deng said.
“This illegitimate government continues to inflict suffering to the people of South Sudan. For example, death tolls committed by the Juba regime are on the rise in the whole of Equatoria, Bhar el Ghazal and Upper Nile states” he adds.
The SPLM/SPLA commends the AU Peace and Security Council for providing the IO with a copy of the AU Commission of Inquiry report, something Juba believes would negatively impact negotiations.
The Opposition also condemns Juba for restricting humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in Upper Nile state, and for restricting the leader of political opposition parties, Dr. Lam Akol, from traveling to peace talks in Addiss Ababa, Thiopia.
“However, the now illegitimate government in Juba has prevented members of other political parties from coming to this peace talks.” Taban said.
The Chief negotiator for the rebels cautions the IGAD-Plus forum that the regime in Juba is not ready for peace in the country.
Despite the irregularities and many blames on IGAD, SPLM/SPLA is hopeful that the regional bloc would bring about a comprehensive, just and lasting peace to the people of South Sudan.
The government, on the other hand, objects many provisions of the recently proposed peace document, arguing that the oil-fields in Greater Upper Nile are located in Dinka territory and therefore the government -led by Dinka sons – must have an upper hand in the governance of the region.
Salva Kiir’s administration also objects the demilitarization of the capital city, Juba, arguing that the proposal surrenders South Sudan’s sovereignty to the United Nations and leaves Salva Kiir’s government vulnerable.