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South Sudan’s Telar Deng returns to Juba ending self-imposed exile

Amb. Telar Deng after his return to Juba on 23 August 2018 (Photo South Sudanese presidency)
August 23, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese politician and former diplomat Telar Deng Thursday has returned to Juba after several months of self-imposed exile in Nairobi after his resignation from his ambassadorial role and sack from the government.

On 25 January 2018, Juba summoned for consultations Deng who was South Sudan’s ambassador to Moscow but instead of returning to Juba he resigned from his position. Following what his old friend President Salva Kiir issued a presidential decree sacking him from the government services.

Since Telar Deng appeared with the opposition leaders in Nairobi and rumours emerged that he was allied to the former SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong but he strongly denied the allegations.

However, the South Sudanese presidency confirmed that Telar Deng arrived in the South Sudanese capital Juba on Thursday and released two pictures for him with relatives and senior government officials who came to welcome him.

After his return to Juba Telar said he was back to contribute to the peace process adding there is a room for all the South Sudanese to take part in the political settlement of the South Sudanese crisis.

"No matter differences we may have as a nation a and a people there is always a room for us to sit and resolve our all differences," he said.

"I have to thank his Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit who delegated presidential adviser Tor Deng Mawien to go to me in Nairobi and I was also glad to tell him I’m coming back on Thursday to contribute to peace (process). peace cannot be brought by one person or one ethnic group it must be brought by all of us," he further disclosed.

Telar’s return was also welcomed through the social media where many praised the move saying it is time for peace and reconciliation.

He wrote a series of articles calling for a comprehensive peace process including all the South Sudanese without consideration to the sanctions imposed by the international community on any one of them.

Last June, he welcomed the inclusion of SPLM-IO leader Machar in the peace process adding "IGAD should also include the newly formed parties that are already on the ground. The left out movements will definitely carry on with the war regardless of the UNSC sanctions".

The IGAd reportedly refused to include Malong in the revitalization process pointing to the international sanctions imposed on him.