Diaspora Community from Greater Upper Nile Applaud Dr. Riek Machar Decision to sign Peace Agreement

SG Pagan Amum and Dr. Riek Machar signing a peace agreement for their respective parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Salva Kiir refused to sign(Photo: file)

SG Pagan Amum and Dr. Riek Machar signing a peace agreement for their respective parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Salva Kiir refused to sign(Photo: file)

August 22, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – The Diaspora community of Sobat from Greater Upper Nile applaud Dr. Machar decision to sign the Igad compromised peace.

We also want the world to endorse Pagak as the official seat of Transitional Government of National Unity if Salva Kiir fails to sign his part of the peace Agreement.

In the interest of bringing peace back to the world’s youngest nation, the leaders of the Inter Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the World’s leaders converged in Addis Ababa on Monday with hope to bring an end to the 20 months conflict in the country.

The Chairman of the SPLM Dr. Machar, and the leaders of the former Detainees (FDs) plus all witnesses have signed the peace agreement. Yet, President Salva Kiir Mayardiit has defied pressure exerted by the region and the international community and declined to sign his part in the peace accord.

We in the in diaspora deplored Salva Kiir’s grave decision to extend the suffering of the people of South Sudan for longer.

Furthermore, we passionately applauded Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman of the SPLM and Commander In Chief of the SPLA for demonstrating his regards for the welfare of people of South Sudan.

In spite of Salva Kiir indecision, Dr. Machar signed the Igad-plus compromised peace proposal.

Had Salva Kiir not squandered the opportunity, the accord would have ended the war and bring the people of South Sudan one-step closer to a new beginning.

Eventually, Salva Kiir will give in to the insurmountable pressure. Unfortunately, the regime will use this extra time to carry out more attacks on rebel and civilian positions with an illusion to achieve peace through war.

As the world wait for Salva Kiir, who disdainfully snubbed the signing of the peace in front of world leaders, the urgency to end the war now in South Sudan is paramount.

Physically and mentally, South Sudanese people have had enough and they will no longer sustain yet another two weeks of suffering, so we urge the region and the world to exert a tangible pressure on Kiir.

The world should unite behind the internationally endorsed Igad-plus compromised peace proposal and in case of failure by Kiir to sign the peace then the world should declare the town of Pagak, the SPLM/A head quarters to be the official seat of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

On a lighter note, we the member of Sobat State Diaspora in the United States reject in the strongest term, the irresponsible decision taken by Gen. Gatdet Yaka, Gat-Hoth Gatkuoth, and Gebriel Changson Lew Chang to break away from the resistance movement at the finish line.

We call on the generals not to aggravate the suffering of the people of South Sudan and choose the right path by rejoining the Resistance Movement. The window of opportunity to restore peace in South Sudan is now.

Sobat Representatives

Omaha, Nebrask

United States

Chuol Gat Riay Yat: Chuol60@yahoo.com

Lee Chuol Guor: lguor500@gmail.com

Chuol Yiel Kalam: chuolyiel26@hotmail.com