By Radio Tamazuj
The SPLM-IO group led by opposition leader Riek Machar and the opposition alliance (SSOA) led by Gabriel Changson initialled the peace deal despite having “reservations”.
Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, the deputy spokesman of the SPLM-IO group, told Radio Tamazuj before they were due to sign the pact that the mediator had given assurances to refer their reservations to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meetings for further talks.
South Sudan government and other opposition groups inked the deal on Tuesday.
Cirillo’s group refuses to initial final peace deal
The opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirillo has rejected the final version of the peace agreement with the government, citing unresolved outstanding issues in the peace document.
“We want to make it categorically clear as NAS that, though SSOA interim Chairman initialled the agreement on behalf of SSOA, NAS is not part of that initialling exercise; and we have made our position clear to SSOA leadership and to the IGAD,” Suba Samuel Manase, the spokesman of NAS said in a statement seen by Radio Tamazuj.
Manase further said the Khartoum round of talks on governance has fallen short of addressing the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan, pointing out that the peace deal in its current form is a recipe to more conflict.
However, the group reiterated its commitment to engage in negotiations that will contribute to comprehensive and sustainable peace in South Sudan.
“Therefore, we appeal to our members to remain calm and vigilant as your leadership work hard towards achieving dignified peace,” Manase said.