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NAS’s conference supports rejection of South Sudan revitalized peace deal


November 27, 2018 (JUBA) - The holdout opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) supported the rejection of the revitalized peace agreement decided by its leadership and called to negotiate a sustainable peace addressing the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan.

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Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)

From 23 to 25 November 2018, NAS political and military leaders held a leadership conference chaired by the Front’s chairperson Thomas Cirillo Swaka to assess the political situation and the next steps after its rejection of the revitalized peace pact last September.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the group omitted to mention the place where the conference took place but indicated that the three-day meeting was attended by foreign diplomats, representatives of NAS offices abroad, delegates of NAS national committees, representatives of faith and civil society groups, representatives of refugees and representatives of women and youth.

The meeting which was held under the theme "Towards a Just and Sustainable Peace in South Sudan" discussed the revitalized peace agreement, and decided to uphold the leadership’s decision to not sign the revitalized peace agreement.

The conference decided to "endorses the decision of NAS leadership for abstaining from signing the R-ARCSS in its present flawed form and mandates the leadership to continue engaging with all stakeholders to achieve a just and sustainable peace in South Sudan".

It further decided to commit to the humanitarian cessation of hostilities agreement of 21 December 2017 and called on the signatories of the peace deal to observe the ceasefire and allow unfettered humanitarian access.

The conference was held after calls by President Kiir and the leader of the main opposition SPLM-IO for all the non-signatories to join the peace agreement.

Also, the IGAD Council of Ministers directed its special envoy for South Sudan to react out the holdout groups and to encourage them to append their signatures on the peace pact.

The rebel conference, however, urged the "IGAD, AU, UN and the Troika to engage with non-signatory political forces and to seek ways to address their concerns", pointing that the 12 September agreement is "unrealistic, unsustainable and fails to address the root causes of the conflict".

NAS calls for a federal system in South Sudan saying it is the most viable and appropriate system of governance for the country. But, it does not make concrete proposals in this respect.

The group clashed several times with the South Sudanese government army and SPLA-IO forces in the Equatoria province where its fighters are deployed.


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  • 28 November 13:27, by Redeemer

    A leader is considered to be Democratic if he respects the will of the majority and leadership.Swaka disrespected the will of SSOA majority and without shame he is saying to be fighting for democracy (makako head!!!). A lot of disagreements emerged in the meeting but is not reflected in the reports

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  • 28 November 13:42, by Redeemer

    Those of Jubaone have gone missing because they know the bitterness that emerged in NAS-TC meeting. People have learned something when Riek shifted the war to Equatoria. Come on the ground Mr. Cirillo and hear from the people, they will tell you what will make you go to Juba without any agreement

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    • 29 November 05:25, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Redeemer,

      And so you are happy with the terror that was unleashed to innocent Equatorians in their homelands.Continue enjoying the agony, misery and death of innocents in pursuit of freedom, justice and independence!

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  • 28 November 13:57, by Redeemer

    The meeting reported here conducted in NAS-TC controlled area by his officers only though the meeting was ordered by him(Cirillo) seeking the opinions on the coming olive leaves that will be waved to them by the government and IO soon. They almost started kicking each other in the meeting when few insisted to continue the war and threatened arrests if those rejecting the war continue

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