SPLM-IO “categorically rejects” the IGAD’s Abridging Proposal on power sharing

Posted: May 23, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in December 2013 Crisis, HLRF, Junub Sudan

PRESS RELEASE : SPLM-IO Press Release on THE IGAD “A BRIDGING PROPOSAL”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to inform our members and the people of South Sudan at large that we have categorically rejected the IGAD “A BRIDGING PROPOSAL”. The contention of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) is that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) collapsed in July, 2016 and the concept of “Bridging” in not consistent with the current realities in South Sudan. This is the very reason the ARCISS is being revitalized.

The IGAD “A BRIDGING PROPOSAL”, is an endorsement of the status quo which emerged in Juba after the collapse of the ARCISS. The IGAD Proposal further rewards the regime in Juba for their intransigence throughout the peace process and for their well-documented role in precipitating the collapse of the ARCISS in July, 2016. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) does not believe that simply distributing positions will resolve the conflict, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) objective is to effect fundamental change in our country.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) negotiating team headed by Comrade Henrey Odwar, deliberated on the IGAD Bridging Proposal and we have submitted our reaction to the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers in writing. The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) encourage our members and the people of South Sudan at large to remain hopeful in the peace process, your Movement shall not betray the people’s struggle for positions and the trappings of power. We call on our members to make their views known to the leadership through our popular structures.

SPLM/SPLA (IO) shall continue to articulates our position as presented to IGAD Mediation during the consultation on May 11 and 12 and shall also continue to negotiate in good faith to bring sustainable peace to the people of South Sudan. However, in light of the government’s continued violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoH) and massacring of innocent civilians, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) reserves the natural right of self-defense.

Signed:

CDE MABIOR GARANG MABIOR (CHAIRMAN)

SPLM NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

MOBILE OFFICE

WhatsApp: (Mabior Garang)

WhatsApp: (Manawa Peter Gatkuoth – Deputy Chairperson)

WhatsApp: +249963555219 (Puok Both – Director of Information and Public Relations)

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