In response to the article published by New York Times On the 7th of Jun, alleging that the president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kirr and his First Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar have jointly announced their opposition to the implementation of chapter 5, Article 3 of the peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in south Sudan, which mandates the establishments of a Hybrid Court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“It is important for the public to understand; the office of the First Vice President was not consulate and is unaware of the published article,” Col. Nyarji Jermlili Roman, D/ Press Secretary said in a statement.
The Office of The First Vice President (FVP) said the establishment of Hybrid Court was one of our top demands stipulated in our documents during the Addis peace talks.
In addition, the first order of Peace Agreement was the implementation of the Hybrid Court. The First Vice President office continues to encourage and support the formation of Hybrid Court.
In the interest of Social Justice and commitment to full implementation of the peace agreement, IO leadership supports the independent formation of Hybrid Court (with international and regional bodies), as stipulated in Article 3 of peace agreement.
The Hybrid Court mandated by the peace agreement, therefore it will be established as agreed in the peace agreement, and no one will be exempted from criminal responsibility on account of his or her official capacity as a government official or SPLM-IO members.
Accountability is the only way to peace and reconciliation and Healing among the people of South Sudan, accountability will not destabilize any efforts to unite the people of South Sudan, instead the absence of accountability can keep alive the anger and hatred among the families of the victims and the people of South Sudan in general.
The presidency tasked New York Times to reveal the source of the “irresponsible of so called joint appeal document” bearing the name of the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kirr and his First Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar and write an apology to the President and the First Vice President.
“If the above statements not consider, then farther legal steps will be taken.”
James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary Office of the FVP, Chairman and C-in-C of SPLM/SPLA (IO), said someone somewhere should voluntarily confess that he or she concocted the document and falsely put the names of the two leaders on it as co-authors.
“SPLM/SPLA (IO) commits itself to bringing to justice those responsible for the crimes committed from 15 December, 2013. It also commits itself to truth, reconciliation and healing among the people of South Sudan.”
He said these two are stipulated in the peace agreement.
“Justice and accountability on one hand and truth, reconciliation and healing on the other.”