Kiir calls for dialogue with holdout groups
President Salva Kiir has invited holdout groups to the dialogue table in honour of men and women who gave their lives to liberate the country from oppression.
Kiir stated that accepting dialogue to settle differences was the best approach to honour the millions of martyrs like Dr John Garang, who died for the country.
“I call upon our brothers and sisters in the holdout groups to accept dialogue as a way of honoring those who gave their lives for our country,” said Kiir.
“Let us embrace dialogue as the tool for resolving our differences, because it is the surest way to achieving rapid development in the country.”
He called for peaceful coexistence among South Sudanese community as they celebrate the day with passion for a stable nation.
Martyrs Day is marked on July 30.
“We pay our debt of gratitude to men and women who paid the ultimate price for the cause of our freedom. On this day, we remember the sacrifices of our hero – Dr John Garang along with millions who fought to fulfill our aspirations for an independent state since 1955,” he continued.
“Today, we also honour the widows and children of our martyrs who continue to live with the pain of losing their loved ones. Let us devote our energies to achieving total peace and stability in the country. By doing so, we will assure that our martyrs are honored for eternity.”
Holdout groups are non-signatory parties to the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in South Sudan.
They include South Sudan United Front of Paul Malong, National Salvation Front (NAS) of Thomas Cirilo, Real SPLM of Pagan Amum to mention but a few.
In late June, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) conducted a workshop in Rome where Real SPLM and SSUF/A agreed to be included in CTSAMVM.
These groups will join the peace monitoring body by August 15, as preparations should take their course before August 1, 2022.
However, NAS of Thomas Cirilo and other non-signatory movements are yet to declare their inclusion in the CTSAMVM but they have now formed an alliance of six movements called Non-signatory South Sudan Opposition Groups (NSSSOG).
The alliance was formed to oppose extension of transitional period by parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
NSSSOG comprises the United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army UDRM/A of Thomas Tut Doap, National Democratic Movement Patriotic Front (NDM-PF) of Emmanuel Ajawin, National Salvation Front (NAS) of Thomas Cirillo, South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) of Paul Malong Awan, Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) of Alex Yatta Lukadi, and the Real SPLM of Pagan Amum.