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South Sudan

SPLM-IO official urges revival of peace deal

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar sits near his men in a rebel-controlled territory in Jonglei State, South Sudan January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo

A senior SPLM-IO member allied to former First Vice President Riek Machar has urged the African Union and the international community to revive the 2015 peace deal.

Kuong Dak, who is former member of South Sudan parliament, told Radio Tamazuj on Monday that the signed peace agreement has collapsed, while urging the international community to resuscitate the agreement instead of supporting Kiir’s dialogue initiative.

According to Dak, the proposed national dialogue will not achieve peace in the country. “We need to fully implement the peace deal, and if IGAD and AU are still thinking that there is peace, let them come and show us how,” he said.

“What we have in Juba now is not peace because for us the peace deal is over. We did not sign the peace alone, the international community is also part of the peace deal,” he added.

The rebel official also criticised the proposal by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission chairperson, Festus Mogae that Riek Machar should declare a unilateral ceasefire from South Africa and join Kiir’s dialogue.

He claimed that their opposition group fights back for self-defense only.

Radio Tamazuj

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