The South Sudan Opposition Movements (SSOM) alliance on Saturday issued a joint press release appealing to the UNSC, the AU and IGAD countries to provide a new platform that will renegotiate the R-ARCSS and address the root causes of the conflict.
The alliance also cautioned that “…the hasty calls for the establishment of the R-TGoNU in less than 4 weeks, is an endorsement of the status quo and undermines the suffering of our people and their demands for reform,” and that “without addressing the fundamental root causes of the conflict [the premature formation of the TG0NU] is another recipe for a return to full-blown violence in South Sudan”.
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According to the Alliance, the IGAD-led process for negotiating the R-ARCSS was essentially flawed leading to a non-inclusive peace agreement that has failed to address the fundamental root causes of the crisis of governance, justice and accountability and leadership in South Sudan.
“A new platform to make the R-ARCSS fully inclusive. It is only in this way that a durable, genuine, and just peace can be realized in South Sudan. This will not come about via the formation of an incomplete and non-inclusive transitional government that is being forced upon the long-suffering and downtrodden people of South Sudan, yet again”
The South Sudan Opposition Movements is an alliance of opposition parties and non-signatories to the R-ARCSS. It comprises of the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) led by Gen. Thomas Cirillo who also heads the National Salvation Front – NAS, the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) led by Gen. Paul Malong, and the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM) led by Pa’gan Amum.