LATEST: Gen. Cirillo, NAS leader rebuffs IGAD invitation in Addis Ababa

By JOHN ADUKATA, The EAST AFRICAN, MAR/06/2019, SSN;
South Sudan NAS rebel faction leader Thomas Cirillo has rebuffed the invitation to meet the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (Igad) Special Envoy Ismail Wais.

The regional bloc on March 1, sent a letter to Gen Cirillo requesting his presence at a meeting slated for Friday in Addis Ababa- Ethiopia.

Gen Cirillo is the leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS) faction, which refused to sign the September peace agreement that re-united President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

NAS spokesman Suba Samuel said the Igad invitation was exclusively to Gen Cirillo, and not his faction.

Recently threatened

“It not possible to attend the meeting on the 8th because that letter is addressed to the leader of the National Salvation Front alone,” Mr Suba was quoted saying by the Eye Radio in Juba.

The regional bloc recently threatened to designate Gen Cirillo as a ‘peace spoiler’ over his resistance to accept mediation.

Igad further ruled out any renegotiation of the September peace deal.

President Kiir has since agreed to offer Gen Cirillo a position in the upcoming unity government, if he joined the revitalised peace deal implementation.

1 Comment

  1. ssudan says:

    This acts by the IGAD mediation has put much favor only on Juba regime and not the whole South Sudanese people at large. It only also favor those neighoring with much interest in South Sudan. So it is shameful agreement which President Salva Kiir himself added that he had signed a wrong peace.Why then IGAD and Kiir regime inJuba are imposing those groups who didn’t sign the deal? IGAD is sided with the Juba regime to cost more suffering to the people of South Sudan. Shame on you, God is seeing your illmind against innocent people of South Sudan. You will punished by God due to your evils.

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