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SPLM-IO set up committee to mull over South Sudan’s dialogue process

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SPLM-Io leader Riek Machar speaks at the peace celebration day in Juba on 31 October 2018 (AP Photo).

November 2, 2018 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has set up a committee to discuss the national dialogue and to make proposals on the group’s participation in the government-initiated process.

In his speech at the peace celebration day On Wednesday 31 October, President Salva Kiir called on the peace partners to endorse the national dialogue and expressed his readiness to include them in the process leading mechanism.

"I call upon the opposition leaders to give serious consideration to the national dialogue and to engage with the steering committee and the government in a way that will enable their full and meaningful participation," he added.

Manawa Peter Gatkuoth SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information told Sudan Tribune that the Movement’s leadership held a meeting in Khartoum after its participation in the peace celebration to assess the visit and the proposal made by the President Kiir.

"Dr Riek Machar directed the meeting to form a committee to mull over the national dialogue process and to submit its recommendations within a week," Manawa said.

He pointed out that the process has been initiated by the government and they are not part of it. Also, he added that the national dialogue process can be part of the revitalized peace agreement particularly Chapter V on the transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing.

"But despite all that it is important to consider the initiative and to see how it can contribute to achieve peace and bring stability in the country," he stressed.

The opposition official welcomed the release of SPLM-IO leader’s spokesperson James Dak and called to free the remaining political detainees.

He also praised the organisation of the peace celebration day saying it was very successful in term of reception, hospitality and security of the guests.

CALL FOR NON-SIGNATORY GROUPS

According to Manawa, the SPLM-IO leader called on non-signatory groups members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance led by Thomas Cirillo Swaka to join the peace revitalized agreement.

"Machar expressed his readiness to engage in a dialogue with them. Also, it was agreed to commission the SPLM-IO political outreach committee to contact the group and we are ready to meet them everywhere and at any time," he said.

He said the SPLM-Io leadership believes that the unity of the South Sudanese political forces particularly the opposition is crucial for a successful implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

On Wednesday, President Kiir pledged to engage with the holdout groups for the sake of peace and national reconciliation.

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  • 3 November 11:59, by jubaone

    That is a good gesture on the part of IO to meet all other non-signatories like NAS/PDM to the R-ARCSS. But first, issues of federalism, number of states, county/state/ethnic boundaries, repartriation of citizens to their indigenous areas must be tabelled for discussions. How do we think Madis/Acholis can return to their areas when jienges are still squatting? NO.

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    • 3 November 12:02, by jubaone

      We can only say, peace has come, once all PoCs are disbanded and Nuers in Juba, Bentiu, Bor can come out and move freely. We also want all IDPS including jienge settlers in Madi/Acholiland to be evicted and get back to their luaks. This way, Madis/Acholis can come back and start new lives altogether

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    • 4 November 11:55, by South South

      jubaone,
      There are good points in you comment above.
      - Yes we need dialogue, good point
      - Yes, for Ethnic boundaries, good point
      - Yes, for repatriation of citizens to their indigenous ares, good point
      - Yes, to reach out to NAS/PDM, good point
      Any other things you said are pointless and stupid, no one will touch 32 states as individual, only people of South Sudan will have final saying.

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  • 3 November 15:28, by lino

    The celebration of Peace Agreement in Juba and other places in South Sudan is a just short term celebration if other holdout groups are still out of the box, over 2 million citizens are out of the country or in POCs with their livelihood distorted, and Both Juba and Khartoum are still refusing to recognize and endorse the Nine Ngok Chiefdoms Community Based Referendum of October, 2013!!!

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