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President Kiir appeals to hold out SPLM-North and SLM to return to peace table

Sudanese leaders post for a picture with mediators after signing the long awaited peace deal in Juba, South Sudan(Photo credit: supplied/Nyamilepedia)
Sudanese leaders post for a picture with mediators after signing the long awaited peace deal in Juba, South Sudan(Photo credit: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

Sept 2, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s incumbent, President Salva Kiir, calls on the hold out Sudanese opposition groups, who boycotted the peace agreement on Monday, to return to the negotiation table to find a lasting peace in Sudan.

The South Sudanese president, who is also struggling with a failing economy, peace and stability, calls on the leader of the SPLM/A-North, Gen. Abdullah Aziz Adam Alhilu and leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Gen. Abdullah Wahid Mohamed Alnur, to come back to Juba to sign the peace agreement that was signed by other parties on Monday, August 31, 2020.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on the Sudan People Liberation Movement -North led by General Abdullah Aziz Adam Alhilu and the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdullah Wahid Mohamed Alnur to return to the negotiating table to find a lasting peace in Sudan.” Said Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny.

Responding to the call, the spokesman of the SPLM-North under Gen. Abdullah Aziz Adam Alhil, Koko Muhammad Jagdoul, said their position has been ignored and therefore they could not be party to the recently signed peace deal.

According to Koko Muhammad, the two armed oppositions rejected participation of Gen. Muhammed Hamden Dagalo as the head of the government delegation.

In a letter they wrote to mediators, the two groups presented a number of grievances emphasizing how Gen. Muhammed Hamden Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, executed war crimes and human rights violations especially in Darfur.

“We did not sign because we objected to the presence of Gen. Muhammed Hamden Dagalo, the head of the government delegation,” Muhammad stated,

“and we had submitted a written statement to the mediation team and that change did not happen.” He added.

With the exception of the two groups, the peace deal was signed by multiple opposition groups from Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok also called on the hold-out group led by the SPLM-North of Alhilu and the SLM of Al-Nur to accept the terms of the peace deal and join the peace process.

If implemented the peace deal could return peace and stability to Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile that have been in conflict for more than 17 years.

Among other major protocols, the parties have agreed on new security protocols, integration of forces, power sharing, transitional justice, land ownership and return of Sudanese refugees to their country.

The signing of the peace deal on Monday was witnessed and welcomed by the representative of the United Nations and the TROIKA comprising of the United Kingdom, United States and Norway.

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