Dec 16, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Two members of Sant’ Egidio community on Tuesday held a meeting with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, to brief him on the talks between the government delegation and South Sudan opposition movements in Rome, Italy.
During the meeting, President Kiir reiterated his gratitude to the Community of Sant’ Egidio for the support and leadership exhibited since the commencement of negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the holdout opposition groups to make the peace process more inclusive.
According to the presidential press, the Presidential Affairs minister, Nhial Deng Nhial said the president urged the Community of Sant’ Egidio to organize separate negotiations between the split factions of the South Sudanese Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA).
The Secretary General of Communitia’ Di Sant’ Egidio, Dr. Paolo Impagliazzo assured H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit that Sant’ Egidio will continue to facilitate and support the political dialogue between the Government of South Sudan and the non-signatory oppositions for inclusive peace.
Dr. Paolo Impagliazzo added that the talks between the Government of South Sudan and SSOMA groups are expected to resume as soon as possible in the coming year.
SSOMA split over differences after the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) of Thomas Cirillo, suspended the membership of Gen. Paul Malong’s South Sudan United Front (SSUF) from SSOMA. Pagan Amum, head of the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM) and member of the SSOMA leadership council, rejected Malong’s suspension saying the move violates the regulations of the alliance.
The SSOMA leadership council is composed of Cirillo, Malong and Amum.
Early this year, SSOMA and the government of South Sudan signed the Rome Declaration recommitting both parties to adhere to the cessation of hostilities with the sole objective of creating a conducive and healthy environment for enabling the political process to proceed smoothly.