Government urges NAS to join Nairobi peace talks

Government has reiterated it’s call for the armed opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirilo Swaka to join the ongoing peace process in the Kenyan capital.
Dr. Jacob Maiju Korok, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication (Photo by Awan Achiek)

By Awan Achiek

Government has reiterated it’s call for the armed opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirilo Swaka to join the ongoing peace process in the Kenyan capital.

“The holdout group of Gen. Thomas Cirilo must be encouraged by all peace- lasting people to join the peace process in Nairobi so that when the country goes for elections, everyone must be represented,” Dr. Jacob Maiju Korok, Deputy Minister for Information and Communication said during the ceremony to commemorate Norwegian Constitution Day in Juba on Friday.

Korok urged the Norwegian government to support ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace in the country.

“On the Nairobi peace initiative, we urge the government of Norway to continue supporting the government of South Sudan in the search for lasting peace in the country,” he said.

Korok said the country needs to silence the guns and embark on agriculture and development projects.

The National Salvation Front (NAS) is not taking part in the peace process in Nairobi which is being attended by the South Sudan United Front (SSUF) led by Paul Awan Malong, and Pagan Amum the leader of Real- Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM).

NAS cited security fears and also not being consulted about the talks.

However, the armed opposition group which operates in Central Equatoria State did take part in the preliminary talks in 2019 mediated in Rome, Italy by the Catholic community of Saint Egidio.

The government withdrew from the Rome peace talks citing lack of progress, leading to President Salva Kiir Mayardit to ask his Kenyan counterpart William Ruto to mediate the talks with holdout opposition parties under the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA).

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