Former Political Detainees Meet President Kiir

A four member delegation of the former political detainees on Saturday held a meeting with President Salva Kiir Mayardit to build on the Arusha Agreement signed in Tanzania to unify the government, the former detainees, and the SPLM-IO.

The delegation was led by Deng Alor accompanied by Kosti Manibe, John Luk Jok and Chol Tong Mayay and the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohamed.

Akol Paul Khordit, the Spokesperson of the SPLM Political Bureau told the press after the meeting on Saturday evening that the meeting had two phases.

Phase one was attended by Amina Mohamed the Kenyan Foreign Minister where she delivered the peace and support message of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Phase two of the meeting was exclusively an SPLM Meeting chaired by the Chairman of the SPLM Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit. In this meeting we sat as SPLM leadership to discuss what needed to be done to silence the guns in our country” he said.

Akol said it is essential for the SPLM leadership to work together to build a common united position that can be shared with the SPLM in Opposition in order to achieve peace.

John Luk Jok, spokesperson of the former detainees also addressed the journalist.

“We addressed issues connected with stopping the wars, the issues that are hurdles to the IGAD process. We had a very thorough discussion on the issues that we think needs to be addressed that are contentions in the context of IGAD” said Jok.

“We also talked on the Arusha Agreement itself on how to fully implement it, there are not many issues left but there still remains the issue of the Secretary General of the SPLM that is his reinstatement. We are hopeful that this also will be resolved” he said.

“We cannot continue with the war for more months because this war is affecting our Country and our people and the responsibility lies on us as leaders of South Sudan to find peace urgently within the shortest possible time” said Jok.

“The three SPLM groups carry this responsibility; we are here as former detainees, we had a very good discussion. We are ready to do our parts in uniting the SPLM that is why you are seeing us coming here for the second time and this is in search of peace” he said.

President Salva Kiir met the SPLM-G10 Former Detainees group in Juba for the first time on 2nd of June during their first visit to the country since going into exile more than a year ago.

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