R-TGoNU briefed diplomats on Rome peace with the holdout groups

Government peace negotiator and Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Marial Benjamin speaking during workshop in Juba on Thursday 22 April 2021

The unity government in South Sudan has conducted a one-day discussion with international partners, foreign diplomats, parties to revitalize the Agreement about the Rome Declaration.

The government and South Sudan Opposition Alliance led by Pagan Amum (Real SPLM) Gen. Paul Malong Awan (SSUF/A) signed Rome Declaration on cessation of the hostilities Agreement on March 7th, 2021. The dialogue was negotiated under the auspices of the Community of Sante’Egodio in Naivasha, Kenya.

Vice president Dr. Wani Igga, the IGAD special envoy to South Sudan, TROIKA EU, and RJMEC, included members of the Sante’Egidio community who participated in one event juba hosted.

Government peace negotiator Dr. Marial Benjamin said the Rome Resolution with the holdout group, not in the spirit of negotiation, but brotherhood and comradeship.

He acknowledged an internal split in SSOMA, government distance itself from holdout political wrangling.

Vice president for economic cluster Dr. James Wani Igga affirmed government commitment to peaceful settlement political differences in the country. He said trust-building among the political parties is vital for democracy in R-ARCSS and preventing crisis through powers devolution.

The US Ambassador to South Sudan Larry Andre’ reminded political leaders that instated admirable unity in South Sudan’s independence on July 9th, 2011.

Diplomat uttered the essential adherence cessation of hostility for smooth implementation of the Agreement. He urges the peace signatory not to denying ceasefire monitors access to areas where conflict emerged.

The Secretary-General of the Sante’Egidio community, Dr. Paolo Impagliazzo, said the Rome agreement is complementary to Revitalize Agreement to allow political dialogue as the only way to silence guns in South Sudan.

The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) and the government signed the Rome Declaration in January 2020 to recommend the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

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