Envoy tells Nairobi peace parties to seek home-based solutions to political disagreements

The peace parties attending the Nairobi talks have been advised to seek internal solution to the existing political disagreements rather than seeking for external solutions to their problems.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide (File Photo)

By Awan Achiek

The peace parties attending the Nairobi talks have been advised to seek internal solution to the existing political disagreements rather than seeking for external solutions to their problems.

This was revealed by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide on Friday when he visited South Sudanese peace parties attending the peace talks being mediated by the Kenyan government since May 3rd, 2024.

“You need to solve your problems at home, this should actually be the last time you need to fly out of the country to come to a different country,” Barth said.

Barth cautioned that any deal reached in Nairobi should not overshadow the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

“And I want to underline that a very essential part of what I understand is a common understanding, and I hope I’m correctly informed that this is not a meeting to make a new agreement,” he said.

Barth argued that the 2018 peace pact is a good agreement, adding that when implemented in letter and spirit, it will restore peace and stability in the country.

He urged the parties to respect the rule of law to restore justice.

“We will support you. We will be with you, but the key is governance. The key is respect for the rule of law, human rights which should be universally applied to all people,” Barth said.

Barth appealed to South Sudan leaders to address the economic hardship the citizens are currently facing.

“And the issues of economic growth and prosperity and how to share the resources of oil, we have a lot of experience in that in Norway, how to manage the economy,  that comes once you get your house in order, once you get governance,” he disclosed.

The government delegation has been engaged with opposition parties that refused to sign the 2018 revitalized peace agreement since May 3, 2024 in the Kenyan capital.

The opposition parties include South Sudan United Front (SSUF) led by Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and Real SPLM under Pagan Amum, the former Secretary General for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party and other parties.

The armed opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by Thomas Cirilo Swaka is not taking part in the talks due to lack of security guarantees.

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