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South Sudan ruling party denies collapse of peace deal


August 5, 2016 (JUBA) – The ruling party in South Sudan, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) chaired by President Salva Kiir, has dismissed suggestions that a peace deal signed in August last year has collapsed.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with rebel leader and former vice-president Riek Machar after signing an agreement on the reunifiation of the SPLM in Arusha, Tanzania on 21 January 2015 (AP)

It also condemned the recent media comments by the party’s former secretary general, Pagan Amum, who called for international intervention and for the country to be put under United Nations trusteeship.

Amum said the leadership of South Sudan has failed its people and the nation and therefore the need for the United Nations to take it over for a period of time.

However, a senior official of the SPLM in government accused Amum of inviting foreigners to meddle in the internal matters.

“The SPLM party denounces in the strongest terms the call by Pagam Amum, the former Secretary General and leader of the SPLM Former Detainees (SPLM-FDs) for the intervention of the international and regional communities in the internal affairs of South Sudan. Political coercion insights conflict, no one should understand this more clearly than Pagan; a politician whose actions contributed to turmoil in the country,” said Mangar Amerdid, adviser for political affairs and mobilization in the ruling party.

“The false claim being perpetuated by Pagan that the peace agreement has collapsed is his way of attempting to revive his political career. The peace agreement has not collapsed and it is being implemented daily by the various political organs of TGoNU [Transitional Government of National Unity]. The primary interest of TGoNU is to serve the people of South Sudan while working to restore peace and stability in the country,” he added.

He warned that any intervention that is not approved by the TGoNU that aims to invade or meddle in the affairs of a sovereign State will “warrant a strong response.”

He also said the new first vice president, Taban Deng Gai was nominated by the opposition faction of the SPLM-IO, adding there was nothing wrong about it.

The party adviser’s official was responding to the conclusions that the peace deal has collapsed and that the nomination of Gai was not consistent with the August 2015 peace agreement and did not qualify the internal process of the SPLM-IO.

“The mandates of the Peace Agreement signed in August 2015 stipulate that the First Vice President (FVP) of the TGoNU shall be selected by the SPLA-IO. This was successfully accomplished with the appointment of Taban Deng Gai by the SPLM/A-IO as the FVP and was warmly received by President Kiir,” he argued.


Another official described Amum and Majak Agoot as traitors for supporting regional and international intervention in South Sudan’s conflicts.

Gordon Buay, a South Sudan diplomat residing Washington DC, vowed that he would block Amum from conducting a rally in the US to mobilize support for the international intervention.

“I am appealing to South Sudanese in the U.S not to attend Pagan Amum’s rally scheduled for August, 11 in New York city at UN Building. Mr. Amum’s agenda is to push for UN takeover of South Sudan,” Buay wrote in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

“Pagan Amum and Majak Agoot drafted a document entitled "United Nations Temporary Administration For South Sudan" to urge the UN Security Council to pass a resolution for UN Trusteeship.”

He said any South Sudanese who will attend the rally organized by Amum will be declared a “traitor.”

“Pagan Amum is the number one traitor now followed by Majak Agoot. These traitors think that the only way to get to power is through UN Trusteeship,” he added.

He said “in few weeks, the supporters of South Sudan independence and territorial integrity will organize “a rally of 10,000 compatriots in the U.S who will go to UN Building to condemn Pagan Amum as a traitor number one.”


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  • 6 August 2016 01:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Mr Gordon Buay,

    these two gentlemen are true patriots of South Sudan. They are the mouthpiece of the silent majority who are being raped, maimed and massed murdered by your tribal, corrupt system. Don’t think that as long as you have bloody food on your table through wrong means the rest of citizen should keep quiet. the only means of bringing change to

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    • 6 August 2016 01:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      bring change in the mother land is to overpower your murderous, tribal militia by a superior force with superior weaponry thereafter a clean multi-ethnic societal institutions are established to reflect real South Sudan nation where compassion, justice and freedom will be enshrined. Buay take your madness to canada where you used to live.The people of this nation are tired of your evil deeds.

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  • 6 August 2016 07:33, by dinkdong

    You are no better than Pagan and Majak. You are another traitor who is trying to protect his job while his fellow Nuers are being kill. Shame on you!

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  • 6 August 2016 07:40, by Mohamed

    2 people sign a peace treaty.
    1 tries to kill the other and destroys his house with helicopters.
    When he fails to kill him he replaces him,
    That’s not a failed peace deal?????

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    • 6 August 2016 07:45, by Mohamed

      ....those people seem to think that history is going to forget what they did.
      More yet.....lying,killing,raping and forgetting that there is a supreme being watching.

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  • 6 August 2016 07:50, by Mohamed

    What will history write about Kiir?
    He took over a country with 50 million dollars of oil money per day.
    He attacked the main oilfield of the Sudan which was not in the agreement.
    He tried to settle old scores with the Nuer by ethnic cleansing.
    In the process he threw the country into debt.

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    • 6 August 2016 07:52, by Mohamed

      .....and now his end is nearwithout a chance to clear his name.
      All this.....to please the Jieng council of Elders???,

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