Archive for June 21, 2018

Press Release from the SPLM-IO: On The Face-to-Face Between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to affirm that the long anticipated face-to-face meeting between, President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, was held late last night under the aegis of H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairman of IGAD. The meeting was cordial and the two leaders discussed the prospects for peace in broad terms.

The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) gave his views on some of the challenges facing the peace process and proposed the solution should be to revisit the model used to achieve the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA model allowed the warring parties to discuss amongst themselves what the problems and possible resolutions should be, with an IGAD Secretariat to record the areas of agreement between the parties. The current model, with its various workshops, though they are very informative, is unrealistic, as it is not for lack of technical experts that there is war in the country, nor will the workshops stop the war.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Thursday 21, June 2018 PW — South Sudanese convoy made up of the civil population, leaders and armed forces to the twin city of peace and prosperity had been a doughy mission due to unnecessary dismount and alighting by the political actors, throaty commanding voices, and directives from the multiple remote hubs.

It had been a great drama of unconsciousness as the leaders vigorously gave orders to the buses’ drivers to gear off in order to put on board their behind the schedule friends and relatives who were caught unsuspecting when the convoy left.

This egotistical conduct set off the unrestrained commotion and disagreement on the leadership bus hence sending panic of possible delay or postponement of the entire journey; the second civil bus and the third armed forces bus keep on stopping as fierce commanding voices and immense bangs were heard from the leadership bus, that furious quarreling demanded a comprehensive resolution before the next journey recommencement. (more…)

SPLM_IO thanks IGAD and Ethiopia for the Release of Dr Riek Machar from Detention

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Riek Machar arrival in Addis Ababa, 20 June 2018