PRESS RELEASE: OCT/02/2014
ASSD welcomes the Resumption of the South Sudanese Peace Talks and Calls on the Government of South Sudan to Respect the Rights of all parties Involved.
The Alliance for South Sudanese in the Diaspora (ASSD) warmly welcomes the resumption of the peace talks taking place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia by the two warring parties the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM-IO.
ASSD calls on the International Community that the conduct and behavior of the Government of South Sudan is antithetical to a genuine search and attainment of a comprehensive sustainable peace in South Sudan.
The Government of South Sudan continues to harass and prevent representatives of some political parties to travel to Addis Ababa as recognized stakeholders in the peace negotiations. This unfortunate situation is compounded by the recently circulated IGAD’s (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) protocol which clearly favors the government of the Republic of South Sudan at the expense of a just, sustainable, and comprehensive peace.
Alliance for South Sudanese in the Diaspora wishes the raise the following concerns:
On June 5th, 2014, the government prevented the Chairman of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Mr. Peter Abdelrahaman Sule and others from boarding a plane to Addis Ababa to participate in the peace negotiations. This is not only a violation of Peter Sule’s rights as a private citizen, but an affront to comprehensive search for peace in the country.
On August 2, 2014, there was an attempt in Juba to assassinate the Chairman of South Sudan Civil Society, Mr. Deng Athuai Mawiir who is an active participant in the peace negotiations in Ethiopia. According to Mr. Mawiir, the attempt on his life was directly linked to his views on the on-going peace talks in Ethiopia.
On September 13, 2014, the Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin was prevented by the migration officials on orders from President Kiir’s government from travelling to Addis to take part in the peace talks currently taking place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The statement made by the Minister of Information Mr. Michael Makwei Lueth only confirms the attitude of the Government of South Sudan towards participants in the peace talks whom it considers are not supportive of the government’s position in the peace negotiations.
ASSD rejects IGAD’s Protocol on Agreed Principles on Transitional Arrangement towards Resolution of the Crisis in South Sudan, dated August 25th, 2014. We strongly object to the “agreed” principles on transitional governance which maintains the status quo and creates a weak position of the Prime Minister for the SPLM-IO. This carelessly drafted protocol does not address the fundamental issues and root causes that ignited this crisis. Moreover it has emboldened President Kiir’s government to continue to impede the peace process.
Finally, we call upon the international community, the European Union, the government of the United States, to ensure that a genuine and sustainable peace is achieved in South Sudan. IGAD for all the good work it has done in bringing to two warring sides to the table seems to have clearly taken a side in this war. This will create distrust, suspicion and derail the search for peace in South Sudan.
Information and Public Affairs
Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD)
Washington, DC office, USA
Phone: +1(202) 709 – 7322
About ASSD: ASSD is an umbrella organization for South Sudanese organizations and
individuals advocating for peace, freedom, democracy, human rights, good governance and
development in South Sudan