Tuesday December 12, 2017

7 SPLM political detainees flew to Addis Ababa to join peace talks

NAIROBI – the 7 SPLM political detainees freed last month by the government of South Sudan have this evening flew to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to participate in the ongoing peace talks between the government and the opposition rebels led by former Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.
The detainees were given a rapturous farewell by Kenyan president H.E Uhuru Kenyatta in the present of some high level Kenyan government officials. Also in attendance was the widow of late John Garang, Mama Nyandeng de Mabior and her son Mabior.
On Monday, the rebels threatened to boycott the talks after they found out that Kenyan government is refusing to bring the 7 detainees to the peace talks, a position the Kenyan government strongly denied.
The rebels also continue to insist that the 4 remaining detainees be freed and the Ugandan forces leave the country for them to commit to the resolving the crisis in the country. Ugandan forces have so far refused to withdraw their forces inside the South Sudan territory citing an agreement they struck with flailing Salva Kiir government since 2008 to pursue LRA  inside South Sudan.
The freeing of the 7 detainees to join the peace talks removes the obstacle of resuming the peace talk and pave ways to discuss the fate of the remaining 4 and the UPDF forces.
The Upper Nile Times
Ali Sadig Farah

A Political correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Khartoum, Sudan

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