South Sudan

Ex-detainees to work with Kiir, date Machar


Kiir meeting the former detainees


The 5 members of former political detainees who returned to Juba on Monday say they are ready to work with the government to bring an end to the crisis.

The advance team, according to Talk of Juba, met with President Salva Kiir in Juba till late on Tuesday and discussed the possibility of complimenting the IGAD peace mediation efforts with the Arusha intra-party peace agreement.

John Luc Jok, speaking on behalf of the former detainees, said the meeting with the SPLM party leadership was fruitful.

“There was full agreement that both (peace) processes have one objective; which is achieving peace in South Sudan,” he said.

“Our president and Chairman of SPLM he gave his commitment, all the leadership that were present gave their support to him and have authorized him to take any decision necessary that will achieve peace.”

A similar message of reuniting for peace was echoed by Acting SPLM Secretary General Ann Itto.

She called on the SPLM in opposition to join hands in the name of peace.

According to Eye Radio, the advance team of the Former Political Detainees has left Juba today to meet with the leader of the SPLM in Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar.

They held a meeting with the SPLM in Juba, chaired by Salva Kiir, and resolved that the conflict in the country can only be resolved peacefully.

John Luk Jok, spokesperson of the group, says they will meet with Dr. Riek Machar to continue with intra-party dialogue to unite the party and bring peace.

“We have a team that also will proceed to meet Dr. Riek Machar wherever he is,” Mr Luk told reporters.


Kiir receiving former detainees


The team includes Deng Alor Kuol, John Luk Jok, Cirino Hiteng, Kosti Manibe and Madut Biar.

This is their first visit to the country since going into exile more than a year ago.

The meetings with Kiir and Machar are follow ups of the Arusha Agreement signed in Tanzania meant to unify Kiir’s side, the former detainees, and the SPLM-IO led by former vice president, Machar.

“We discussed the status of the Arusha Agreement and we have agreed to move forward, recommitted ourselves for the implementation of the Arusha agreement and recommitted ourselves collectively for peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan,” Akol said.

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, is quoted by radio Tamazuj saying the rest of the SPLM-G10 will arrive in Juba on 25 June along with five African heads of state to meet with President Kiir.

The SPLM-G10 are a group of high level South Sudanese politicians who were arrested by the government after the outbreak of war in December 2013 and accused of trying to overthrow Kiir.

They were later released due to lack of evidence and fled to Kenya.

Meanwhile, fighting has resumed in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile State at the same time the G10 is trying to reunite Kiir with Machar.

Tamazuj reports renewed artillery fire by opposition forces stationed across the Nile River, territory controlled by the rebels, beginning at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday.

Shelling was reported at Hai Matar and Ditang area as rebels tried to bomb the airport.

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