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Gov’t, holdout groups agree to resume peace talks in South Sudan


Signatories of Rome Declaration pose after the signing of the deal on 13 Jan 2020 (Photo St Egidio)
January 13, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan government and an alliance of holdout armed groups Monday agreed to cease hostilities and to resume discussions for an inclusive peace with the support of the Roman Catholic Sant’ Egidio peace group.

The Rome Declaration on the Peace Process in South Sudan was signed in Rome between the government, South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) in presence of the SPLM/A-10 and NDM and the IGAD.

The declaration was signed by Barnaba Marial Benjamin, who headed the government delegation, the leaders of the opposition alliance including Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Paul Malong Awan Anei, Pagan Amum Okiech as well as the leaders of the three other groups.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune at the end of a four-day meeting, the parties agreed that the South Sudanese conflict requires "a comprehensive political engagement" to achieve "inclusivity and sustainable peace" with the non-signatory groups of the revitalized peace agreement.

The parties "Agreed that the dialogue shall continue under the auspices of Sant’Egidio in consultation with IGAD and with the support of regional organisations and the international community" reads the declaration.

The signatories further declared a truce in line with the cessation of hostilities agreement of December 2017 " as to create a conducive environment for dialogue to resolve the conflict"

"This shall come into effect on the 15th of January 2020 00:00 hours".

The agreement comes as the government and the signatories of the revitalized peace agreement struggle to implement the pre-transition arrangements before the agreed deadline of 12 February for the formation of the transitional government.

The holdout groups rejected the revitalized peace pact and call to open it for further talks as they demand large autonomy for the regions with the appropriate resources.

The declaration said that Sant’Egidio will meet with IGAD to the monitoring and verification of the ceasefire.

The parties also agreed to allow humanitarian access to civilians in the war-affected areas.

SSOMA which was formed at The Hague on August 30, 2019, comprises of The Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM), National Salvation Front (NAS). South Sudan United Front (SSUF) and the United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army (UNDRM/A)., National Democratic Movement-PF (NDM-PF), and Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC).


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  • 14 January 2020 05:49, by Mayendit

    Welcome back King Paul Malong Awan.
    You are my guy because you were pushed to think for rebellious but you have not damaged South Sudan only Malual communities maybe some how a little caused when there was fighting. I am very sorry for general Oyai Deng Ajak for destroying his own good records in the SPLA. SG of former SPLM Pagan Amum Okiech and Thomas Cirillo are so Idiocy.

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    • 14 January 2020 06:53, by The Rhino


      Genuine peace will only come,if 1).Root causes of conflict are addressed,2).Rotten tribal Dinka hegemony is squashed out,3).Federal States have more powers and authority over their own lands and people,4).Kleptocracy,nepotism,corruption,incompetency and Dinka savagery is destroyed.Tell your illiterate ’president’ Kiir,that he and his tribal bloodsuckers started the senseless war in.....

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      • 14 January 2020 07:02, by The Rhino


        ..South Sudan,not Gen.Thomas Cirillo,Pagan Amum or else who,NO it was Kiir and his tribal JCE(Jieng Council or Elders).They destroyed this country.They wanted to establish a Dinka South Sudan but pathetically failed,they didn’t succeed.So better collect your shit and get out of Equatoria or any other territory that does not belong to you before its too late.NO games this time!

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      • 14 January 2020 07:03, by jubaone

        Watch out jienge! You filthy, greedy barbarians started the war. Yes, every SS contributed towards liberation one way or the other, even those that didn’t fight, they voted in the referendum. But greedy jienges wanted it all and behaveed like jellabas. NO. We shall destroy SS and each one takes care of themselves. We now have the guns. Eye4eye, tooth4tooth. We’re still merciful.

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        • 14 January 2020 07:12, by jubaone

          No lands, no peace. Again, the R-ARCISS must be abandoned and an all-inclusive deal made. Jienges must return to their luaks and allow other ethnicities to get to theirs. No unified army will be allowed to comprise more than 20% of one ethnic group. The army is not a jienge tool for state terror. NO. If not fixed, NO Equatorians should ever give up his/her guns. Equatoria is SS.

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        • 14 January 2020 07:26, by jubaone

          Oh great peoples of Equatoria, cuz you allowed jienge savages and bandits to take care of your security, you paid a very heavy price; rape, killings, murders etc. Wake up, arm yourselves and die for your ancestral lands. We never allowed jellaba settle in our lands, why would we allow their jienge slaves? NO. This time, Equatorians take care of themselves.

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          • 14 January 2020 14:40, by The Rhino


            Solid,our GUNs stays!NAS and other Equatorian IO fighters must never give up their weapons and fall victims again,NO WAY!We must take our own security and that of our ancestral lands.We know exactly what Dinka savages did in Equatoria.Therefore,security first, our lands back, then peace,full stop!

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        • 14 January 2020 17:36, by South South


          Kurkoo, Thomas Cirillo is coming back to Juba, we have very nice position for him in our next government of national unity, Kurkoo!!!!

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          • 14 January 2020 22:20, by jubaone

            South South
            Jienge kaffir, Akol Kurkooc or kurkoo can’t help you. Gen Cirillo is not a jienge or nyagat who will take just forsake his cause for jienge leftovers. Even if Gen Cirillo came to Juba today, so what? There are several hardcore NAS followers ready to take the war to another level. Take it or leave it, unless Equatoria ((NAS,PDM, SSNMC)come on board, your peace is just piece of shit.

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      • 14 January 2020 09:40, by Mayendit

        Rhino, Jubaone and Lino.
        Please open your ears and your minds. That wars in South Sudan was created by Riek Machar Teny simply because during the convention in Juba, he went to podium staged and said, he want to be the next Chairman of the SPLM Party while, he was still a vice president at the same time. There’s no any government system on earth will allow such a primitive to serve as a vice pre

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      • 14 January 2020 09:54, by Mayendit

        Dear anti Dinkas Jubaone, Rhino, Lino and many more.
        We can only recognizing Nubian people and the patriotism Dinkas people, these are the people who fought so hard but those of Nuers people and Equatorians people have done nothing during our struggle. What kind of contribution did Equatorians done?. Nuers people are collaborates and traitors so what kind of contribution are you talking about?

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        • 14 January 2020 14:52, by The Rhino


          And b’cos of your Dinka ungratefulness to fellow strugglers in South Sudan,this country will never be the same again.Nobody wants to do anything with you fucking savages.Your tribal mentality has awoken even more tribalism in South Sudan.You Dinka people asked for hate and bigotry, well then here you have it.You savages will reap what you have sown into this country, full stop!

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          • 14 January 2020 17:25, by jubaone

            Joseph Lagu must be the biggest Equatorian asshole ever for having allowed jienges to join the regional govt in Juba in 1972. Jienges didn’t fight, most were ignorant and running naked after their cows, others were bedfellows with Khartoumers. Lagu should have let only Equatorians run the govt cuz we alone fought. Jienge latecomers and cowards only came to reap where they didn’t sow.

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          • 14 January 2020 17:31, by jubaone

            We are very grateful to our gallant and proud Acholi people for allowing Brig Generals Anthony Onen and Lokang Charles for decamping from IO to NAS. Our beloved Equatorians have understood that this is a jienge-nyagat and Nuer deal. We must continue to urge Equatorians to decamp and solidify our current gains on the ground. Without Equatoria, SS is just like an animal zoo. We are winning.

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        • 14 January 2020 15:07, by jubaone

          You jienge cowards only wait for others to fight for you. Liberate Abyei, liberate Panthou, liberate the Nuba Mts, liberate Darfur after all they fought for you. You cowardly jienges have all run 🏃 away and are not thankful at all. You only go for unarmed civilians but can’t face real men.Over 45% of nyors have been wiped out in Equatoria the rest are "unknown gunmen" and beggars.

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    • 14 January 2020 07:59, by lino


      Forget about Stupid One Way Thinking!!! Paul Malong participated strongly in destroying SS Social Fabric as part of Kiir Mayardiit Commander!!! Oyai and Pagan never took up arms since the Sudan PCA of 2005 was signed!!!

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      • 14 January 2020 10:06, by Mayendit

        I am not stupid, I know what I’m talking about. They have arms theirs supporters including Thomas Cirillo and Lam Akol but they will not do anything because the vast majority of Dinkas have have not joined them. General Oyai Deng Ajak was famous because of Dinkas in the SPLA. Thomas Cirillo is Agent of insider man just like his late brother Peter Cirillo do. Pagan A mum Okiech never fought

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  • 14 January 2020 05:59, by Mayendit

    Thomas Cirillo and former SG of former SPLM Pagan Amum Okiech must understand now that, our people don’t need wars even though the current president is not doing well perhaps, the South Sudanese people wanted peaceful coexistence, dialogue as a society we have to sitting down and talked about things which is matter and we will find solutions rather than going to foreign friends. Ashamed on you.

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  • 14 January 2020 06:11, by Mayendit

    Former Secretary General Pagan Amum Okiech, Thomas Cirillo and general Oyai Deng Ajak and many more others. The South Sudanese people are not interested any more about wars because we have been going through since 1972 to this moment and we find nothing but losing important people and properties damaged. The Nuers people will have more experienced to learn from them. They have been trying so hard

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  • 17 January 2020 04:57, by Angelo Achuil

    I believe that unless our leaders admit discuss real causes, peace can’t stay. It is like sickness and instead of seeking right diagnosis, we go around hiding hoping it will go away with but truth doesn’t grow old. But sickness continues...until it is correctly identified and correctly treated by all sides all sides. That’s where our healing (peace) is hidden.

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