USA – The SPLM/SPLA-IO Mission Office to the United States of America, strongly condemns the recent return to war triggered in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, by the SPLM/SPLA –Juba faction of President Salva Kiir- with the malicious criminal attack on the bodyguards of the First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar, at the Presidential Palace on Friday July 8, 2016.
This unfortunate incident criminally perpetrated and carried out at the highest vestige of authority in the whole country (The Presidential Palace); speaks volumes of the evilness and viciousness of the governing tribal cabal and cohorts around Salva Kiir and his SPLM/A and their sheer disregard of any semblance of rule of law and order; our people’s sovereignty, and the sanity of political process deserving of the dignity of every man and woman in this country.
This incident and the four-days war that ensued; was indeed a desperate attempt by Salva Kiir, his Army Chief of Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and his tribal cabal of the Dinka Council of Elders (JCE), to annihilate Dr. Riek and his limited troops of only 1370 men in order to drive the last nails into the casket of the peace agreement and then bury it for good.
In this juncture, the SPLM/SPLA Mission Office to United States of America, would like to assure all our members and supporters, and the International community, that the SPLM/SPLA is still committed to the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement despite the recent clashes, and farther welcomes in principle; the call for creation of a regional force under the mandate of the United Nations with expanded powers to enforce peace keeping in South Sudan, that would preferably be drawn from countries other than Uganda due to its negative role at the onset of the conflict in 2013, and that all meetings of the presidency should be held under the joint protection of this force to prevent the return to war. The SPLM/SPLA further calls on the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to prevent any farther continuation of war in the country.
In addition to that IGAD should strongly support the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), to verify and ensure partial demilitarization of Juba by the SPLA-IG and to help the parties to the agreement create and operationalize cantonment sites for SPLA-IO in Baher el Ghazal and Equatoria regions, and to steadfastly demand the govt. of Salva Kiir to immediately suspend implementation of the 28 states and revert back to the original 10 states in South Sudan because it’s an issue that continue to divide and threaten peace and stability of the country. End.
SPLM/SPLA- Deputy Representative to the United States