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South Sudan’s opposition PDM to resume participation in peace talks

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August 18, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) said they would return to the negotiating table to take part in the final phase of the peace revitalization process in a bid to achieve their demand for the federal state.

Hakim Dario, PDM leaderThe PDM together with the National Salvation Front (NAS) refused to ink the governance agreement on 5 August despite the fact that their partners of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) accepted to sign it after a written pledge from the mediation to continue discussions on the article 4 related to the contested number of states in the final phase.

However recently the SSOA leadership persuaded NAS’s leader Thomas Cirillo to resume participation in the Khartoum process.

Also, the PDM leader confirmed to Sudan tribune their return saying they want to influence the mediation to incorporate their demand for a power-sharing between three regions (Upper Nile, Equatoria, and Upper Nile) on the basis of 33.33%, during the transitional period.

"We have written to Excellency Ambassador Ismail Wais, the Special Envoy since 14th August to provide three PDM members of delegation with tickets to resume participation as a party to the HLRF process in the Khartoum hosted peace negotiation to reach a realistic and sustainable peace," said PDM Chairman Hakim Dario in statements to Sudan Tribune.

He further said that refusing signing the 5 August agreement does not mean a refusal to participate in the Khartoum process to advocate their positions.

The Khartoum talks will resume on 25 August after a one-week break for Eid al-Adha holidays.

Also, the South Sudanese government spokesperson Michael Makuei said "almost the parties agreed on the outstanding issues and now the IGAD secretariat is preparing for the final draft but he didn’t say if they reached a compromise on the article 4 with the SSOA.

Before to sign the governance, SSOA and the SPLM-FDs issued a statement rejecting resorting to the popular vote to settle the disagreement over the 32 states if the parties fail to strike a deal during the transitional period. The opposition groups stressed that the default solution should be one of three options: restoring the 10 states territorial system, establishing 79 counties or arbitration as a last resort.

They also pointed to the "responsibility sharing in the States and Local Governments" but didn’t insist on the call for a deal based on power-sharing between three regions at the federal level.

However, Hakim said there is still some hope that the mediation will consider the PDM when the talks resume after the al-Eid break.

"(...) There is still some hope that the mediation will consider incorporation of PDM positions in any negotiated and sustainable peace agreement," the PDM leader said.

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  • 19 August 2018 10:49, by South South

    Peace is the best option we have for South Sudan, for all. We will go ahead with it. NAS or PDM are welcomed back to peace negotiation. We are not talk about new peace agreement, we are talking about what was signed on August 5th this year. Welcome back NAS and PDM.

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  • 19 August 2018 12:25, by Kush Natives

    Big joke PDF and NAS, that’s not what peace is addressing in Khartoum, there’s no power sharing between three regions in the documents. The power sharing is between government and oppositions groups. Keep changing subject is not our problem. Rebels are not representing any region here. They rebelled against the government because of power. Case closed!

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    • 19 August 2018 16:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      It is a universal right for people to choose the type of governance that is suitable to them. Here the people are demanding their birth rights on the basis of original regions that comprises the country on equal basis. What is wrong with that if you really do not have an evil agenda?

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      • 19 August 2018 16:39, by South South

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

        This is great, let’s talk the language of civilization. There are two things here:
        1- PDM and NAS are very minor rebels and they need to know that majority point of views MUST be respected.
        2- Peace was signed on August 5th and it’s not allowed to be opened to new peace agreement. Join the peace as you are doing now and talk about what people agreed upon on August 5th.

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        • 20 August 2018 00:18, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          South South

          Civilisation does not mean suppression of other’s views. Neither is it oppression of minorities. The people will self determine their destiny and the people of Equatoria and others have the right to determine what suits them otherwise leave them alone. A nation state is not built on the pillars of force Mr.but on social contract of convenience.

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          • 20 August 2018 00:24, by South South

            jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

            You are missing the point. When you sit and try to force your way to others even you know you have no numbers to do it, then you are asking for trouble. One man cannot force 10 men to follow him and think that is normal.

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            • 20 August 2018 14:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              South South,

              It is you who is missing the point. It is simple. The people are demanding equality in every aspect of life. They want to rule themselves the way they see fit. Jallaba tried your way and they failed. How do you expect to succeed. Accept what the insignificant people are saying about their livelihood. No amount of force can empower you to discriminate and oppress people.

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            • 20 August 2018 17:01, by jubaone

              South South
              Bullshit ya juronit. It’s about conviction not compulsion. If even a single person can convince the majority with some good ideas, then the majority ought to follow and not downplay this as nonsense. Your argument seeks to justify the jienge approach that has brought us this far. NAD and PDM stand for federalism; power devolution.

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  • 19 August 2018 15:14, by Redeemer

    The warmongers are suffering from the hatred bitterness. History is not built up with hatred. Learn how Dr. Garang built up the demands of the people in the face makako and food lovers

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  • 19 August 2018 23:55, by One people

    (PDM) and (NAS) Go and sign the peace agreement that you refused to sing last time frist, than both of you can return to the negotiation table like anybody else, the parties that who signed the agreement are the parties who are around the negotiation table, you can’t just ignore what parties had agreed to and come and talk about something.The federalism that both of are talking about is in the>>

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    • 20 August 2018 00:24, by One people

      agreement, the issue of 32 states also is in that agreement, everything that both of you were imaginating is in that agreement, and they told you sign it and we will negotiate all the issue later, but your baby brain didn’t understand the agreement verywell

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