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SSOMA welcomes appointment of new U.S. special envoy for South Sudan


January 2, 2020 (JUBA) - The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) welcomed the appointment of W. Stuart Symington IV, as the United States’ Special Envoy for South Sudan.

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W. Stuart Symington IV

On 31 January the Department appointed W. Stuart Symington IV as Special Envoy for South Sudan saying he "will lead U.S. efforts to support the peace process and a successful political transition in South Sudan".

"This appointment has come at the right time when the people of South Sudan are yearning for sustainable peace, which has so far, become elusive," said the alliance of the armed groups that reject the revitalized peace agreement.

The alliance, nonetheless, expressed willingness to work with the new US special envoy to achieve lasting peace in the country.

The opposition groups of the opposition alliance and the government will resume talks for peace in South Sudan in Roma on 12 February. The talks are brokered by the religious community of Sant’Egidio.

The is SSOMA looking forward to working with the Special Envoy in order to achieve a just and permanent peace in South Sudan.

Speaking in a social media forum recently Pagan Amum, an SSOMA leadership council member said the revitalized peace pact failed to address the root causes of the conflict.

He further said it was backed by Sudan and Uganda to serve their own interests.


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  • 3 February 2020 13:23, by Midit Mitot

    Message to US special envoy,

    Good governance is a dynamic administration construct that embraces fast changing political, social and economic arrangements.

    Try to change this tribal mindset of JCE please!

    repondre message

  • 4 February 2020 05:48, by Fathi

    If South Sudan doesn’t allow US exploitation via oil and mineral companies, don’t expect peace. Did you think the billions spent on weapons being smuggled to the SPLA vs Sudan government was due to the US being altruistic? The answer is no. There is an oil war being waged in africa between the US & China which is fought through proxies.

    repondre message

    • 4 February 2020 05:58, by Fathi

      Yes, the US is energy independent and is the number 1 producer. The war is being fought to prevent China from access to oil.

      All I’m saying is that if Kiir doesn’t allow more exploitation, he will soon be overthrown ... be careful

      repondre message

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