14 July, 2024
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SPLM-IO Raises Concerns Over Nairobi Peace Draft Threatening 2018 Agreement

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Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) has expressed concerns over a draft document prepared in Nairobi, Kenya. Machar’s acting spokesperson stated that the Nairobi peace draft could undermine the 2018 agreement. Dr. Machar, the chairman of SPLM-IO, has written a letter to the chief mediator in Kenya, highlighting that the document threatens to disrupt the long-standing peace deal that brought stability to the country.

The SPLM-IO leadership has raised alarms about the draft being developed in the ongoing peace process in Nairobi, involving government delegations and South Sudanese holdout groups who initially refused to participate in the 2018 peace agreement. This agreement was signed under the auspices of President Museveni of Uganda and the then-President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir, who were tasked by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to oversee its implementation in South Sudan.

Puok emphasized that the new document could tarnish the reputation of the 2018 peace accord. This agreement established the Transitional Government of National Unity, significantly shifting the country’s stance on war. Despite the focus on upcoming elections, which have deeply divided the current government, the 2018 accord remains a cornerstone for peace in South Sudan.

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