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South Sudan’s former detainees say ending war precedes dialogue and SPLM reunification


June 3, 2017 (JUBA) - The former South Sudanese political detainees have issued a statement stating that ending the war in the country should be the priority before to hold a national dialogue or to discuss the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)’s reunification .

Former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum attends his court trial in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 11 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campanu)

"We note with dismay that the current war which resumed in earnest in July 2016, and its myriad effects of cruel targeting of civilian populations, has sadly spread to cover the whole of Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria states as well as parts of Lakes, Warrap and Aweil states, with catastrophic consequences", reads a June 2, 2017 statement bearing signature of Pagan Amum Okiech, leader of the former political detainees.

The statement their refusal to join the dialogue process or other political efforts to end the three-year crisis was taken after a meeting where they deliberated on issues of war and peace in South Sudan.

"The issues discussed included; The proposed National Dialogue, rampant insecurity and its effects, critique and implementation of ARCISS (peace agreement), SPLM reunification, the current humanitarian catastrophe and the collapsed economy," said the statement.

The group said they support, in principle, the national dialogue as a concept for resolving the deep national crisis "that the government of the day has led the country into"

But the opposition group voiced they have "grave concerns and reservations with the manner and the modalities" set up by President Salva Kiir Mayardit to conduct this political process.

"The manner and the modalities set up by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, which, in our view, are not in line with the known best practices. these include, among others, lack of consultation with other stakeholders on agenda and nomination, unilateral determination of modalities, ground rules and guidelines, lack of transparency of the process, absence of inclusivity and integrity," it adds.

Amum, however, said they are disposed to engage on the matters they have enumerated with the view of finding remedies or initiating a new independent and inclusive process.

The former detainees and several other opposition groups call to create a conducive environment and to implement a number of confidence building measures like the cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access and the inclusiveness of the national dialogue process.


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  • 4 June 2017 04:08, by South South

    Pagan is lying. Can he tell us who is fighting in Lake State, Warrap State and Aweil State. What a lie!!!!

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  • 4 June 2017 04:35, by Kush Natives

    Those idiots called themselves formers detainee should be hold accountable for their dirty game that they played during this senseless violence against South Sudanese civil populations! If I would have asked you a question. What was your take on the SPLM reunitification in Arusha, Tanzania? If no answer, then leave this particular dialogue process for the victims of the war that you folks created!

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  • 4 June 2017 05:01, by john akeen

    Actually all the IO’s and the former political detainees they got locked out, there is no way for them to get in or to get out

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  • 4 June 2017 06:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Pagan Amum

    You thinks you are smarter enough, but we knows your true clour from very day, since you sign 14 mills that cut away a half of our land to sudan, to build your relationship with khartuom.

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  • 4 June 2017 06:10, by Mr Point

    How can a National Dialogue succeed without the contribution of the most experienced Senior SPLM leaders?

    The FDs were accused by Kiir of leading a coup attempt in 2013. Kiir was humiliated when the trial of the FDs was abandoned because Kiir’s security found no evidence.

    Has Kiir led South Sudan to peace and prosperity since he started ruling without the "Garang Boys"?

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    • 4 June 2017 17:28, by Nyesi Ta

      Kolak, meaning thieves, haramiyah still think they are leaders and can talk of South Sudan. The SPLM and its splinter groups has failed the people of South Sudan and if South Sudanese get the political arena prepared for democracy where true and transparent election is exercised none of those thugs in the SPLM would win the elections to lead the country again.

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  • 4 June 2017 07:01, by Sunday Junup

    Pagan Amum,
    Please, either use force or join your colleagues in Juba. What are talking about if your fellow FD are enjoying their positions under Kiir? The only movement known to the whole world is SPLA-IO.

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    • 4 June 2017 18:05, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      FDs and IO have got no different in activities, they both turned out to be a terrorist organization that terrorizing civilians in a different dimensions, rapping, looting and killing. The only solution we have for you once refusing dialogue as as a viable solution is to bombs you all in the bushes of South Sudan. IO and FDs become a parasite.

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