SPLM-I) illegal extension of the regime’s tenure, as a serious threat to the peace process

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (left) and former South Sudan Vice President Reik Machar (right).

Press Release

ON JUBA’S EXTENSION OF THE TERM OF THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY (TGoNU)

12 July, 2018

The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) regret the underhanded manner by which “legislators at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) have extended the term of the current Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) until 2021”, as reported by Eye Radio today in Juba.

This is unfortunate and is an affirmation that the regime is not interested in a peaceful resolution to the current civil war in South Sudan. The peace agreement we are currently negotiating under IGAD mediation, would have legitimately extended the tenure of the regime in Juba, signalling a new era of peace in our country.

This illegitimate extension of the regime’s tenure however, is not just bad politics, but will create mistrust between the warring parties and other stakeholders.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) calls on the AU and the UN not to recognize this new regime, which has essentially become a rogue regime.
The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) takes this illegal extension of the regime’s tenure, as a serious threat to the peace process and shall make wide consultations before taking an official position on this matter.

We therefore call on our members to consult with the leadership through our popular structures so that the views of our members are reflected in this decision. The Movement is for peace, however, there is no peace and no future for our country by maintaining the current status quo.

The Movement is convinced that there is no military solution to the civil war in South Sudan and is confident that the only way to end the war in our country is through a negotiated settlement.

We are also fully committed to the IGAD peace process and we shall continue negotiating in good faith to achieve a just and honourable peace for our people. However, in light of the regime’s extension of their tenure at such a matured stage of the peace process, their malicious propaganda, their intransigence throughout the peace process, their constant violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreements (CoH) and Ceasefire, and their constant aggressive posturing, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) reserves our natural right of self-defence.

CDE MABIOR GARANG DE MABIOR (CHAIRMAN)
SPLM NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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