The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) plans to hold a second conference in Pagak in Upper Nile State to discuss ways to end the crisis in South Sudan after the unsuccessful close of peace talks with the government in early March, according to a rebel official.
Pouk Both Pouk, head of information at the SPLM-IO office in Nairobi said the event is planned for this month in Pagak, which is located near the Ethiopian border.
Top leaders of the movement, the movement’s negotiators and military commanders will meet at the conference, he told Radio Tamazuj.
He said they will discuss the reasons for the failure of the previous round of talks as well as tactics for the next rounds in order to end the crisis in South Sudan.
“The conference will be a consultative leadership conference about the current situation, especially about the failure of the search for peace under the IGAD, to agree about the strategy of the movement,” Pouk said.
In another development, the Commissioner of Renk County Lual Chol Deng dismissed reports indicating the presence of SPLM-IO rebel forces in agricultural areas of his county, saying they did not monitor any movements of rebels in the area.
In December 2014, Riek Machar, the chairman and commander-in-chief of SPLM/SPLA, met the military Generals for a consultative conference on the IGAD mediated peace process.
The consultative conference on proposed peace deal comes before the peace talks resume in Ethiopia.
Among those expected to attend include; Gen Peter Gatdet, Gen James Koang, Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth, Gen Dau Aturjong and many other generals.