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Government and SSOMA factions resume negotiations in Naivasha, Kenya

March 8, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) and the the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM) resumed their peace talks with the government in Naivasha, Kenya on Monday.

Pagan Amum Okiech at CPA venue in Naivasha, Kenya(Photo credit: supplied)
Pagan Amum Okiech at CPA venue in Naivasha, Kenya(Photo credit: supplied)

These parties started off by reiterating on the need to end conflict.

According to the Government Chief Negotiator Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, both parties are hopeful of finding a resolution this time round.

“Both of us the government delegation and the SSOMA delegation here are trying to reach peace. I am very hopeful that we will achieve progress in this session,” Government Chief Negotiator Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said, as he addressed the opening session.

“You may recall that the cessation of hostilities agreement was signed before a split with SSOMA’s ranks. Despite the split, the government continued a parallel negotiation with the two groups notwithstanding their differences,” he added.

He reiterated the unity government’s commitment to dialogue and peace in South Sudan.

Pagan Amum, leader of the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM) said that SSOMA is committed to find a solution for the problems in South Sudan.

 “This is time to genuinely learn from our experiences, from our few and limited successes, and from our so many mistakes. I would like to express our commitment as SSOMA that we have come here with open hearts and genuine commitment to seeking a genuine solution to the problem in our country,” Pagan Amum said.

According to the opposition politician, the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) is seeking a radical solution to problems facing the country.

Paul Malong, leader of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), reiterated their commitment to dialogue to reach a peace agreement. He thanked all regional and international partners for supporting South Sudan to achieve peace and stability.

The talks were scheduled to resume last month but were adjourned after some government delegates tested positive for Covid-19.

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