President Salva Kiir and defected SPLM-IO commanders jointly negotiate following their exit.

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and his FVP Dr. Riek Machar Teny in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/photo: The EconomicPresident of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and his FVP Dr. Riek Machar Teny in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/photo: The Economic
His Excellency Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan is currently engaging the armed opposition (SPLM-IO) commanders in a negotiation as they defected amidst internal conflicts and rivalry within the leadership of the armed forces that has created a widespread fears that the movement’s military leadership and their indiscriminate action could lead to more loss of lives thereby undermine the ongoing implementation of the Revitalized  peace process.
Sources linked to the SPLM-IO commanders have disclosed that Kiir has assembled a team to negotiate with the defected armed opposition military leaders to harmonize and create a sustainable implementation of the peace process.
The source confirmed in anonymity that president of the republic has assembled a strong team to talk with General Simon Gatwech Dual, General Johnson Olony and General Mabor Dhoal
In close collaboration to get the negotiations a success is Vice president Taban Deng Gai coordinating with the president and others to ensure that the situation is contained. So, talks are continuing.
The Sudanese government is also involved which is the reason why the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened an emergency meeting to discuss the implications of the current political situation on the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) earlier this week.
The denouncement made last week by SPLM/A-IO military command under the Chief of General Staff First Lieutenant General Simon Gatwech Dual undermined the leadership of Riek Machar and appointed the new interim chairman of the armed opposition group.
Machar in a statement issued on Thursday last week, said the three generals who met at Mangena do not constitute the military command leadership of the SPLA-IO and also reiterated his commitment to the full implementation of the September 2018 peace agreement urging the other parties to accord and cooperate.
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