South Sudan rebel chief, Riek Machar, together with his Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) has congratulated Sudan President, Omar al-Bashir, for winning the concluded elections.
SPLM-IO deputy head of Information and Public Relations, Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, told Radio Tamazuj that the Sudanese government under the leadership of Omar al-Bashir will contribute towards bringing about peace in South Sudan.
“Any political transformations in Sudan always affect South Sudan either positively or negatively, that’s why we welcomed the victory of President al-Bashir,” he said.
Machar declares Kiir illegitimate
According to the document containing Pagak conference resolutions, Machar declares President Salva Kiir’s leadership as illegitimate saying that his elected term in office expires next month.
The conference noted that the “mandate of South Sudan National Legislature has expired on March 8, 2015 and that the terms of office of the President shall end on May 21, 2015”.
The conference also expressed its indignation on the usurpation of sovereignty of South Sudanese by the National Legislature by extending the lifespan of itself and the President.
They resolved that in case there are no general elections, the legitimate alternative for the establishment and constitution of a recognizable national government is through a negotiated peace agreement and settlement.
While condemning the extension of Kiir’s term of office, the conference noted that the “extensions are therefore against peace and ought to be taken as null and void”.
They called upon the AU to release the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan Conflict that was chaired by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The conference also called upon the regional and African leaders as well as the international community to proclaim “Salva Kiir’s regime illegitimate and to demand its immediate dissolution in order to give peace a chance”.
Machar further demand for the immediate withdraw of UPDF and any other foreign forces from South Sudan.
He advocated for federalism as one of the pillars of the SPLM/SPLA reform agenda saying it should be adopted and implemented immediately.
He hinted at launching a national reconciliation initiative among all south Sudanese and further committed to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
For the Arusha Agreement, Machar said its implementation was not possible without first reaching a peace settlement.
The conference resolved Pagak, a rebel-held town in the newly created Adar state becomes the main headquarters.
Pagak is an area under which most oilfields including Falluj fall.
The conference also called on the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to allow and facilitate return of the displaced populations in it protection of civilian sites to their places of choice in the country’s states, counties and payams.