South Sudan rebel chief, Dr Riek Machar, his top leadership and Members of the SPLM/SPLA have accused Qatar of funding President Salva Kiir to prolong South Sudan war.
The opposition alleges that the State of Qatar “recently extended a loan to the Administration of President Salva Kiir amounting to $500,000m.
“It has come to the attention of the SPLM/SPLA that the first remittance of this loan has been received by the Salva Kiir Administration in Juba,” reads a statement released by Mabior Garang De Mabior (Chairperson) National Committee for Information and Public Relations SPLM-IO.
“The SPLM/SPLA would like to take this opportunity to counsel the Government of the State of Qatar to seriously reconsider giving financial assistance to the Administration of Salva Kiir.”
Opposition alleges that the said loan “will not be used by the Administration for development; it will be used instead, to continue the war of attrition on the people of South Sudan”.
“This is evident from the government’s abandonment of the Addis and Arusha Peace Initiatives, and the President’s recent statements during his latest public rally in Juba”.
Machar observed that the best way that the Government of the State of Qatar can extend a hand of friendship to the people of South Sudan is not by financing the war.
He further noted that the best way the Government of the State of Qatar could show solidarity with the people of South Sudan is by using their influence to persuade the Salva Kiir Administration in Juba to return to the negotiating table and engage in honest dialogue.
“The SPLM/SPLA remains committed to the Addis Ababa and Arusha initiatives to bring peace to our war torn country, and respectfully urge the Government of the State of Qatar, the region and the world to use all means at their disposal to persuade our partners in peace to return to the negotiating table.”
The opposition also used the opportunity to renew its call for the release of the AU Report and implementation of targeted sanctions.
“The Movement would also wish to take this opportunity to remind members to remain vigilant and not lose hope, we must focus on the Addis and Arusha Processes which will be legally binding and which shall ultimately bring peace to our country.”
The South Sudanese Civil War began on the evening of 15 December 2013, at the meeting of the National Liberation Council meeting at Nyakuron, when Opposition leaders Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Nyandeng voted to boycott the Sunday December 15, 2013 meeting of the National Liberation Council (NLC).
Kiir blamed former Vice President Riek Machar for instigating the “coup” but no evidence of a coup attempt has been found.
The fighting that took place in the major states has claimed thousands and left other tens of thousands homeless or refugees in other countries.
Machar has occasionally said the war was instigated by Kiir and imposed upon the Nuers.