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NAS’s Cirilo says new government will not bring peace in South Sudan


March 7, 2020 (JUBA) - Thomas Cirilo the head of the National Salvation Front (NAS) has cautioned South Sudanese that the formation of the transitional government will not bring peace in the country.

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Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, the ex-SPLA deputy chief of general staff for training (youtube photo)

On Thursday Cirilo issued a statement to mark the third anniversary of NAS establishment on 6 March 2017.

"The National Salvation Front would like to caution the people of South Sudan on this historic day that the recent political development in the country is not the dawn of peace in South Sudan. I urge you to be vigilant and not to allow yourselves to be deceived," he said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The opposition leader who rejected the revitalized peace agreement of 12 September 2018 described what is taking place in Juba nowadays as a distribution of positions among the political elite in "total disregard" to the aspirations of the people.

"The R-TGONU cannot address state failures and effect reforms when it is the main beneficiary of these failures," he stressed.

He further pointed out that a sustainable peace can only be effective when the root causes of the conflict are addressed in an credible and inclusive process.

A genuine peace requires to address "the issues of governance, security sector establishment, ethnic domination, justice and accountability, management of the people’s resources, and land issues among others," he said.

NAS and its allied holdout groups in the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) have engaged peace talks with the government in a process mediated this time by the religious community of Sant’Egidio.

The government and SSOMA signed the Declaration on the Peace Process in South Sudan on 12 January 2020; and Rome Resolution on Monitoring and Verification of CoHA 2017 on 13th February 2020.

The parties are expected to resume talks after the formation of the revitalized transitional government of national unity.


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  • 7 March 2020 11:48, by The Rhino

    I agree completely with Gen.Thomas Cirillo Swaka,that this new Dinka-Nyagats peace enterprise/gov’t is doomed to fail since the two rotten parties gluttonously exhibit insatiable chase for gov’t positions than concentrating on root causes of conflict and the overall suffering in the country.Dinka & Nyagats are still showing the same patterns of greed and recklessness we’ve seen in the past.This...

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    • 7 March 2020 11:52, by The Rhino

      ...will not change!Listen,we want both Kiir and Machar brought to the International Criminal Court(ICC) for punishment and all PoC sites completely removed out of Equatoria.All jienges and nyagats squatters must be sent back to their regions in Upper Nile and Bahr El Gazal rspectively,full stop!

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      • 8 March 2020 13:25, by jubaone

        Well stated. Let’s give IO some benefit of doubt and check on them after 100 days. Do they have a time plan at all? I hear the jienge opportunist Telar Deng will be made as one of IOs governors in jiengeland cuz there are no good candidates from there.

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    • 9 March 2020 08:52, by Midit Mitot

      Am not sure whether Cirrilo talk is making senses.

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  • 7 March 2020 14:24, by Chiir

    What do you want now, Mr. Sirilo? Come back in and get some position as others are competing to get them, a reason why you people were fighting the government. Come back in or else you will be late and end up eating the bones. Come quick!

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    • 7 March 2020 18:36, by The Rhino


      Comrade Lt.Gen.Thomas Cirillo Swaka/NAS is not about your rotten gov’t positions,.NO WAY!.but about focusing on bitter realities and sufferings of the people on the grounds!He is about/against your extremely disgusting,persistent,systemic,rotten chronic policies in promoting tribalism,chaos,incompetency,nepotism,rape,murder and savagery at state level.Fuck your primitive Dinka gov’t!Shit..

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  • 7 March 2020 14:39, by Mayendit

    I agree with Cirillo even though I don’t share Ideas with him. It is true that, the SPLM IO behaves same way they were in 2016. Now they believe the chance for real coup is necessary this time and the way Cirillo view it that is the ways people are feeling same. It is up to President Salva Kiir Mayardit but non will not bothering.

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  • 7 March 2020 19:23, by Angelo Achuil

    I think that this Gen may be right. We may deceive people but not God’s truth. Unless our leaders learn from so many mistakes they did - wanting peace but without paying its required price of self-sacrifice, we cannot enter the rest.. We need to continue the dialogue with him to hear his grievances and manage them for no amount of force can defeat truth if not addressed.

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  • 7 March 2020 19:32, by Angelo Achuil

    Pleased continue talking on the table for peace if you still love this country to have a future. As long as there’s ongoing talk for peaceful solution, there’s hope but is as it is a bad news when peaceful negotiations stop.

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  • 9 March 2020 07:28, by deng

    All the reasons of rebelion in South Sudan was /is power and positions ,who the resourcse will go through. IO were talking about reform before they become government and got postions as they satisfied with it, then no more reform you will hear. The same to NAS, and other rebels when they received their positions which is the root of their rebelion they will keep quite too.

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  • 9 March 2020 09:47, by Tupac

    Citizens of South Sudan, You can not solve problem when you don’t know the root cause of the problem. It is surprising that Kiir and Machar plus their power greedy ones are treating a disease without knowing the root cause of the disease.

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