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IGAD: Phase II of the IGAD-led South Sudan Peace Process resumes in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa, March 25, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Second Session of Phase II of the South Sudan Peace Process that adjourned on 3 March has resumed on 25 March 2014, following the arrival of all the Parties in Addis Ababa.

The IGAD Special Envoys are in consultation with the Parties on the conduct of a political dialogue towards national reconciliation and healing.

Meanwhile, in line with the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23rd January 2014 and pertinent Implementation Modalities that were signed by the Parties, consultations among IGAD Special Envoys, regional leaders, the African Union, the United Nations and friends of South Sudan are underway on the speedy operationalization of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) and deployment of Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) as well as the MVM’s Protection Force (PF).

The IGAD Special Envoys remain gravely concerned about continued fighting in South Sudan, and the flagrant breach of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement by the Parties. In this regard, the Envoys reiterate their call on the signatory Parties to immediately adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and fully cooperate with the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) for the speedy operationalization of the MVM. The Special Envoys also urge members of the international community to put pressure on both Parties to stop the war.

In light of the grave humanitarian concerns on the ground and requests made by aid agencies in South Sudan, the Envoys call on the Parties to ensure free access to humanitarian services to affected citizens; and urge them to honor their commitment of opening up relief corridors across the country. End

Issued on 25th March 2014 in Addis Ababa

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SPLM Nebraska Chapter Impeaches its Chairman, Endorses Party Reforms

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SPLM/A Nebraska Chapter Supports the Reforms in the SPLM
 
Nebraska, United States, March 24, 2014 (SSNA) -- To all fellow SPLM/A cadres, comrades, countrymen and women, we in the SPLM/A Nebraska chapter condemned in the strongest possible term the December 15, 2013 Juba massacre that took place in the Republic of South Sudan. We wish to make it publicly clear that we, the SPLM/A Nebraska chapter will no no longer support the SPLM/A Chairman. We no longer support the genocidal regime led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Juba. Today, we would like to make it official that the SPLM/A Nebraska chapter through general assembly pays it full allegiances behind the SPLM/A- that supports the “Reform”. We are throwing our support to the freedom fighters that are fighting to bring about substantial democratic transformation in the country.

Its obvious beyond reasonable doubt to all watchful eye that since day one when president Salva Kiir Mayardit ascend to the helm of the SPLM/A party after the untimely demise of our late charismatic leader and founder Dr John Garang de Mabior on July 30, 2005. Salva Kiir has utterly failed to fulfill the aspiration of the people of South Sudan. Since that time, President Salva Kiir and his like-minded cronies took it upon themselves to reverse all the meaningful again SPLM/A had champion during our armed struggle up to the CPA reneging on Abyei provision.  SPLM/A under his watchful eye has lost vision and direction straying away from its core principle. Ever since after the signing of the CPA then to the flag hoisting, his tenure us South Sudan President is characterize by corruptions, nepotism, and tribalism. The decision making process in conducting our governmental daily business are entrusted into the hand of very selected ethnic group mostly from greater Barh el Ghazal region hence marginalizing other regional citizens of greater Upper Nile and greater Equatoria regions.

This kind of malpractice has created a huge civil discontented within the general public, because our civil population know fully well this is not the well meaningful result of our long bitter struggle in trying to attain justice, equality, and prosperity us enshrine in national anthem. President Salva Kiir utterly fail leadership style pushed the whole country and the historical SPLM/A party into abyss in all ten states of South Sudan including the Diasporas as well. We the SPLM/A in Nebraska Chapter being the most heavily populated state by South Sudanese residing in Diaspora and the stronghold of SPLM/A in the United State of America, we refused to just sit back and watch the disintegration of South Sudan unfold before our eye from the sideline. We are duly obliged to state our position as per the rule and regulation of the party.

President Slava Kiir had created huge paralysis within the party by stifling any cheers initiative with the intention of trying to initiate democratic transformation process within the party. Every since he ascended into the helm under his watch the party has lost vision and direction anyone who dare question the direction of things or his one men totalitarian show is perceives as a threat rather then a citizen trying to exercise his citizenry right. He has lost the legitimacy to rule the country. His actions are hurting the SPLM party in the country. He must step down as a chairman of the party and as the President of the Country. We in the SPLM/A Nebraska Chapter duly decided to pledge our full allegiances with those that supported the reforms within the SPLM/A. These are the one fighting Salva Kiir regime in Juba today.

All in all SPLM/A party under Salva Kiir leadership is no longer the party of the people for the people and by the people it has lost its luck luster. We urge all citizens and well wisher of this historical party to join hand in hand with us in Nebraska Chapter and rest of the United States to continue on the work of spearheading the SPLM reform that will brings the democratic change in the country.

Sincerely,

Makuel Wie
Acting Chairman
Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM/SPLA)
Nebraska Chapter-USA

The Creation of Another Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia

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March 22, 2014 (SSNA) -- The SPLM/SPLA Youth League would like to register their voices and unwavering support to the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA particularly on their stand toward achieving a meaningful peace and security in our nation. We also applaud our leadership on being open minded, courageous and stand firm on the principle of inclusivity since, it’s our believe that this crises cannot be resolved without the participation of all the people of South Sudan regardless of their tribes or political affiliation. However, we would like to bring to the attention of the SPLM/SPLA Leadership the following areas of concern, which we demand immediate examination and intervention from both the IGAD and its Partners.

1. Creation of parallel forces to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan by the IGAD and its Partners: we condemn this in the strongest terms possible and we want say that as Youth of this beloved nation we are not ready and we will never and ever be ready seeing another Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia being created at our watch. The so-Call ‘Stabilisation Force’ or ‘Deterrence force’ carry no meaning and it doesn’t help South Sudan whatever the reasons may be but just a clear plan to colonize our people and loot our nation under the claim of the protection of civilian and vital infrastructure because of the following reasons.

First, inclusive of the IGAD stabilization force, there will be seven (7) different forces in South Sudan namely:-

1. SPLM/SPLA Forces
2. Salva Kiir Forces
3. Musseveni UPDF
4. JEM   Sudan rebel group
5. SPLM North Sudan rebel group
6. UNMISS Forces

Secondly, the IGAD head of States praised the role of Uganda in protecting the vital infra-structures in South Sudan when we actually know weapons (Cluster bombs) that is prohibited under the International Humanitarian law was used by UPDF in Jonglei State.

Thirdly, the creation of the said parallel force shall undermined the UNMISS roles and it shall be in conflict with resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to deploy additional 5,500 forces. If it’s true that the intention behind the creation of such force is to protect civilians than expand the mandates of the UNMISS so as to cover the intention or move a motion in the UNSC to deem UNMISS irrelevant and get them out of South Sudan before the deployment of the said force.

Fourthly, if the IGAD still claim to have taken this resolution in a good faith and they cannot reverse it than the SPLM/SPLA Youth League shall have to believe that the participation of the Countries within IGAD shall result into regionalization of the conflict and therefore we purpose to both IGAD and its Partners to only deploy troops from Western part of Africa and Southern part of Africa and if at all they cannot move out of IGAD Countries and they cannot listen to the voice of reality because the intention is to declare war on our people like they did when they permitted Uganda to go and fight long side Salva Kiir and use cluster bomb on the civilians target than it should only be Ethiopia and Sudan to be deploy but not any other Country.

2. Political Detainees: The IGAD turned around and violated a document signed under their mediation. The release and the participations of the eleven (11) political detainees is clearly mentioned and defined by the Status of the political detainees signed on the 23rd of January 2014. We still believe that Kangaroo Court in Juba wouldn’t produce any meaningful solution to the conflict instead will make it worst. 

Inclusion, we want to be clear and very clear to the whole world and to the IGAD AND its Partners that our motive and objective is that we are fighting for a Free, Just and Prosperous South Sudan where the principle of Equality is embraced. A nation where Lado, Gatluak, Deng, Gwado, John, and Mohamed can sit side by side on a table of brotherhood.

A nation where its resources shall belong to the people of South Sudan not ABMC as it’s the case at moment. Because of all these reasons we want to say let no man blaspheme the cause that the dead generation of South Sudan served by giving it any other name and definition than their name and their definition. For all these reasons, we pledge to South Sudan our sincere love, and we pledge to the dictatorship in Juba our hate and disappointment and therefore we shall never and ever choice the path of submission and suffer the most sacred right of our nation and our people to be violated or ignored by any external or internal force.

Cde. Puot Kang Chol
The Representative of the SPLM/SPLA Youth League, under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny

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