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:
- Representatives of IGAD (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda)
- Representatives of AU 5 (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa)
- The African Union Commission
- The People’s Republic of China
- The European Union
- The Co-Chair of IGAD Partners Forum
- The Kingdom of Norway
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- 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.