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Changson says his group supports dialogue with South Sudan government

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October 25, 2016 (JUBA) – Leader of a breakaway group from the armed opposition faction of the SPLM-IO, Gabriel Changson Chang, said he supported the call by the representatives of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Troika (United States, United Kingdom and Norway) and European Union (EU) to initiate a dialogue between opposition parties and the government in Juba to revive the 2015 peace agreement.

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Gabriel Changson Chang (file/ST)

Chang who is the chairman of the Federal Democratic Party and South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF) said the ongoing conflict should be resoved through a political process rather than through armed struggle, adding that the “political process must be inclusive of all parties, communities, factions and voices of South Sudanese.”

He however said in order to avoid resort to armed resistance as a last option and instead initiate a political dialogue, the government of the day must be committed to peace.

“In conflict resolutions, political solutions always take center stage if the sitting government is genuinely committed to peaceful settlement of the crisis. On the other hand, violence and armed struggle come to play when peaceful political solution is frustrated by government unwillingness to dialogue the aggrieved parties,” Chang said in a press statement he issued on Tuesday and extended to Sudan Tribune.

“The FDP/SSAF is alarmed and concerned about the huge loss of life and material destruction the war is inflicting on the Republic of South Sudan and its people. To this effect no sensible political leaders can ignore such a call for peace in the war torn South Sudan. Therefore, the Leadership of FDP/SSAF welcomes the JMEC’s partners & TGONU call for a genuine political dialogue to settle the ongoing conflict in the country,” he said.

Chang, who resides in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, defected from the SPLM-IO led by former First Vice President, Riek Machar in 2015. He then formed his own faction, but split further again in months and he was left without military or political leaderships with him.

An attempt last year to reach a peace deal with President Kiir’s government failed when his army commanders secretly struck an inferior deal with the government and returned to Juba, leaving him behind.

(ST)

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  • 26 October 2016 08:43, by Eastern

    Kiir and cohorts are not ready for peace; Kiir is preparing to wage war, a war of attrition.

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  • 26 October 2016 17:30, by Wani khooto

    those of Changson are confusing element in the country, you talk of peace yet you break away from Machar, all sons of Nuer you toke were taken to YEMEN to fight and die there and now you left them behind and you want to come back and take position and enjoy again.Nuer people will finish following selfish leaders and i need them to wake up and stop the misuse of their youth by greedy like Gatdet

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    • 26 October 2016 20:12, by Chong Thow

      "Nuer people will finish following selfish leaders and i need them to wake up and stop the misuse of their youth by greedy like Gatdet" I think you do not know Nuer very well. If you do, you may know Nuer people are peace lover in the region of southern sudan. I want to remind you about something you should know. Southern sudan is belong to all of us. Why some people taking this opportunity from

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  • 27 October 2016 09:37, by Lino pitia

    switch side and changing of allegiances is inherent,nobody will tell foolish army generals in both parties to stop pushing unclear agenda of their masters on innocent south sudanese,but fight for justice and freedom for this country.Riek is another idiots who will be haunted by innocent blood shed.

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