March 22, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA in opposition deplores the increasingly belligerent position being adopted by our partners in peace. The Movement particularly condemns the arrest yesterday (21/03/2016) of three SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) DDR team members, two UN national staff (from UNMISS and UNICEF) and one international staff at Malakal Airport. This is another blatant violation of the ARCISS and the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) shall not continue to tolerate this state of affairs.
The lack of political will by the Salva Kiir Administration is currently the most significant obstacle to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS). This is demonstrated by a number of additional violations; which include but are not limited to, the Establishment Order No. 36/2015 Dividing South Sudan into Twenty-eight (28) States. This decree is not only in contradiction to the ARCISS, but is also bad politics, creating new inter and intra tribal conflicts with communities across the country; as witnessed by recent clashes.
The continued military offensive by government forces on innocent civilians and SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) cantonment areas in Bhargazal and in Equatoria, further demonstrates this lack of political will. The failure of the Salva Kiir Administration to recognize the reality of SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) cantonment areas in Bhargazal and Equatoria is frustrating the security arrangements, which would facilitate the safe return to Juba of the First Vice President Designate – Dr. Riek Machar Teny and the much anticipated formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).
The return of Dr. Riek Machar Teny to Juba is not the obstacle to the peace process and the formation of TGonU as alleged by hardliners in and out of the government. The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) considers the return to Juba of the First Vice President Designate – without the previously agreed upon security arrangements, coupled with the lack of political will to implement the agreement as a threat to national security. The Movement calls on President Salva Kiir to rein in on all the hardliners in and out of the government who are making peace impossible and immediately return to the full implementation of the ARCISS in good faith.
The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) is fully committed the letter and spirit of the ARCISS.
CDE MABIOR GARANG DE MABIOR (CHAIRMAN)
SPLM NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY
+254 717 293 583 (Mabior Garang)
+211 956 433 336 (Puok Both – Director of Information and Public Relations)
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