Intra-party talks in Arusha yields fruits

Members of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in a photo session during their talks in Arusha, Tanzania. President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar participated in the talks expected to bridge the differences in the party.
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A document paving way for the reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party is set to be signed in Arusha Tanzania. The document, drafted during intra-party talks mediated by Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi party deals with structural issues and leadership of the party.

A document paving way for the reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party is set to be signed in Arusha Tanzania. The document, drafted during intra-party talks mediated by Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi party deals with structural issues and leadership of the party.

President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar and representatives of the former political detainees are in Arusha for the signing ceremony.

Speaking in Juba on Wednesday afternoon, Information Minister Michael Makuei said reuniting the party is a step towards ending the conflict.

“If we can reunite the SPLM, then definitely there will be no reason for us to continue fighting any longer because all the issues that are outstanding will be resolved within the party. This was the understanding and this was the meaning of initiating the SPLM reconciliation in Arusha,” he said.

The opposition says the agreement reached will add leverage to the IGAD-mediated talks currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Makuei described the latest agreement as the closet both sides have come to reaching an agreement. However, he said that there is still a lot that needs to be done, and that they are not abandoning the Addis process.

“Since the crisis begun as a crisis within the SPLM and then spilled over then became a national crisis, we thought that if we are able to solve the SPLM crisis it would be able to help the Addis Ababa peace process,” said Mabior Garang, one of the players in the current crisis.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya is attending the ceremony as the IGAD rapporteur. Other regional leaders at the event were host President Jakaya Kikwete, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Meanwhile, the security situation in South Sudan is one of the topics up for discussion at a Great Lakes Parliamentary conference underway in Nairobi, Kenya.

Members of parliament from the 12 Great Lakes member states are meeting till Thursday to discuss political and security challenges in the region.

The South Sudan delegation is led by speaker of the national legislative assembly, Manasseh Magok Rundial. The chairperson of the assembly’s information committee, Thomas Wani Kundu, told media that the summit will listen to a report on South Sudan.

“In the introduction of the agenda when we started programme, the key issues were about the security situation in three countries of Africa; that is the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic and South Sudan,” he said.

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