Oct 8th, 2017(Nyamilepedia) — A South Sudanese general and a former Deputy Chief of Staff of SPLA-IO, Lt. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka Majiek, met IGAD and JMEC representatives today in Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
According to his spokesman, Gatkuoth Mut Turoah, the delegates were led by IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Amb. Ismail Wais.
According to Gatkuoth, the meeting was constructive.
“Today, the 8th of Oct. 2017, we held a very constructive meeting with the members of IGAD led by IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Amb. Ismail Wais and members of JMEC in Sudanese Capital Khartoum.” Said Gatkuoth Mut Turoah, the Spokesman of Peter Gatdet’s faction.
He said the meeting was mainly focused on how to revitalize “the collapsed peace In South Sudan in order to help the people of South Sudan whose lives have been at risks for so long”
“the people of South Sudan have been at war for so long, therefore, re-engagement of all political parties both in oppositions and in government in the process of revitalization and restoring peace is a wisest decision made by IGAD in order to end the war in the world youngest nation” Gatkuoth said.
“peace is the priority and the only option, we need peace in the Republic of South Sudan as the mechanism of helping our people from the current sufferings.” He continued.
Lt. Gen. Peter Gatdet broke away from Machar’s SPLA in mid 2015 with other 4 generals and politicians and form their own armed opposition. Within less than a year the group divided into three groups led by Gen. Peter Gatdet, Hon. Gabriel Changson and Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth.
Gatdet recently renamed his faction as South Sudan United Movement and calls its military wing the South Sudan United Armed Forces replacing Federal Democratic Party.
Since he moved to Khartoum in 2015, Gatdet has been working on forming his own party and turned down initiatives to join Taban, Machar and Kiir.
As a chairman and commander-in-chief of his party, Lt. Gen. Peter Gatdet, welcomes IGAD’s initiative to consult him separately and pledge to join the Peace Process to restore peace and stability in South Sudan.