Seyoum Mesfin, IGAD chief mediator for South Sudan peace talks is biased.

(Eye Radio) — The Political Parties Leadership Forum has called upon IGAD to replace some of its mediators.

The PPLF, which is headed by President Salva Kiir, was formed in 2010 after a national dialogue to unite leaders of all the political parties.

The PPLF says Ethiopia and Sudan should be removed from the mediation process.

It says the Compromise Agreement proposed by IGAD Plus is subjected to personal and national commercial interests from these two countries.

In statement, the group says it doubts that mediators from these countries can contribute to a genuine peace in South Sudan because their own countries are in conflicts.

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr Martin Elia Lomoro, spoke on behalf of the PPLF chairman.

“It is now our conclusion therefore that for peace to return to South Sudan, the entire IGAD Mediation team must be reconstituted,” Dr Lomoro said.

“While General Lazarus Sumbweyio may be acceptable, definitely Seyoum Mesfin and Mohammed Ahmed Mustaffa El-Daby must be replaced.”

The statement comes days after negotiators returned to Addis Ababa for the fourth round of peace talks.

Dr Martin Elia said the venue of the talks should also be relocated to Tanzania, Rwanda or South Africa.

“Not only that, but the venue of the peace talks be equally relocated to a country that has a rudimentary democracy and no rebellion,” he added.

He argued that these countries have a history of successful emersion from conflicts and would be good examples for South Sudan.

Other parties that are also members of the PPLF include the SPLM-DC, headed by Dr Lam Akol, the United Democratic Front, among others.

This group, now under the umbrella group known as the National Alliance, has disagreed with the government on key issues in the peace process, including the proposed Compromise Agreement.

Members of the national alliance were not at the press conference where the PPLF called for change of the IGAD mediators.

2 thoughts on “South Sudan Political Parties call for replacement of mediators from Ethiopia and Sudan

  1. Although all countries bordering South Sudan are seeking their own interests than South Sudanese interests, the South Sudanese rival groups themselves are the main blockade of the peace to come. It is well known case that the Kiir government is not likely to share power with others ethnics in the country. Of course, the Kiir’s tribe Dinkas are the majority in South Sudan, while the Nuers are the second largest group. But there are still many needed people in South Sudan who has played big rolls in their history.

    For example: The people of ” Great Equatoria States “, namely, Western Equatoria State, Central Equatoria State and Eastern Equatoria State have played the great rolls in South Sudanese history of fighting for their freedom. Although, Juba the South Sudanese capital city is situated in their state of Central Equatoria State, they are being discriminated by majority Dinka’s central government. Kiir’s security men are not only engaged with Nuer people, but also with these Great Equatoria States people. Few weeks ago, the ethnic Dinka’s soldiers have killed and looted as many civilian population in Western Equatoria State after being ambushed by armed group in the area.

    I believe that provocking the Great Equatoria States will put the South Sudanese in messing situation. These three great states are bordering Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya. Therefore, if war breaks out in these three states, it will be more dangerous for Kiir government than the war with Nuers, because these great states have much to do with Central Africans, Congos and Ugandans. That means they more blood relations with the people of these countries than with Kiir’s Dinkas.

    The well known Mr. Joseph Lago, who has waged a life and death war against the north Arab’s domination from 1956-72 is from this region. So, I believe the key for the peace is in the hands of Kiir government and Dinka intellectuals. Sharing power with all South Sudanese ethnics can minimize the enemity or hostility to pave the way of living together as African brothers.

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