IGAD-PLUS Calls On South Sudan Government To Allow Invited Stakeholders To Travel to Peace Talks Venue!

Lam Akol responding to accusation from members of opposition parties(Photo: Oyet Patric)

Lam Akol responding to accusation from members of opposition parties(Photo: Oyet Patric)

August 7, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — According to the latest press release of IGAD-Plus, members of IGAD PLUS express their collective commitment to the inclusivity of the South Sudan peace process, and calls on Salva Kiir government to allow the invited leaders to travel to peace talks venue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“In this regard, we express our concern that invited representatives of South Sudanese political parties have reportedly been prevented from traveling to Addis Ababa to participate in the IGAD PLUS peace process, which resumed yesterday.” Part of the report read.

The security forces of Salva Kiir government prevented the leader of political parties, Dr. Lam Akol of SPLM for democratic change, from traveling to Addis Ababa to attend peace talks which began yesterday, August 6th, 2015.

Dr. Lam has been in what he describes as a “big prison” in Juba since he felt out with members of government delegation during the peace talks in Ethiopia last year.

The IGAD-PLus calls on Salva Kiir administration to immediately allow Dr. Lam to travel to Addis Ababa to attend the peace talks.

“We call on the Government of South Sudan to immediately allow these and all invited representatives to travel and participate fully. We appreciate their cooperation in this regard.” The report continued.

The latest round of peace talks is made up of 11 African nations and eight representatives of supper powers and organizations:

  1. Representatives of IGAD (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda)
  2. Representatives of AU 5 (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa)
  3. The African Union Commission
  4. The People’s Republic of China
  5. The European Union
  6. The Co-Chair of IGAD Partners Forum
  7. The Kingdom of Norway
  8. United Kingdom
  9. United States of America
  10. The United Nations

Despite the commitment of the warring parties to end the conflict, Juba continues to crackdowns independent media and restricts humanitarian accesses to internally displaced persons in parts of Greater Upper Nile.

3 comments

  • Karab

    IGAD should not be playing around this time. Lives of millions of people is at stake. The government does not have the slightest interest to bring peace.They should act. When Riek machar was fired from his position, this first statement he said was ‘Calm down south sudan.’ but warned Kiir that you will destablise the country if you continue like that. Finally, salva kiir tried to kill the SPLM members who were for change & they escaped. So, The IGAD & the international community should understand that the heart of south sudan is with SPLM IO. But it is ok to negotiate with the so called ‘Government’ as far as it brings peace. They are not interested for peace so they should be dismantled. Period.

  • Thomas Lado

    Enought for war let peace prevail in our beloved country, South Sudan let us unite to defend this vargin land from those who wants to make it as Konyo Knonyo Market or Disco place where every body is free to dance with a style he/she likes.

  • Jale

    IGADs, Our prayers and tears are finishing. We need peace to prevail in this round of talks and you should first prioritize peace and focus on the lives/future of the South Sudanese citizen and their property to ascertain peace. I would like to urge you IGAD- Plus, not to play in this round and you must work with action, as citizen we are tired of being used as political materials to prolong interpersonal gains. Give us peace in the soil of the young Nation please.