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Juba permits rebels to travel to consultative meeting on UN planes


November 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government announced late on Wednesday it has now permitted all rebel commanders in the field to use available aircraft with the United Nations to a venue where they would hold consultative meeting, revising its previous decision which rejected the request.

The under-secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Abdun Terkoc, told reporters shortly after holding a meeting with foreign diplomats and heads of the international relief organisations that the president has accepted the request by the intergovernmental authority on development (IGAD), to the venue of the rebel consultative meeting in Pagak, a border location in Upper Nile state.

“It has never happened anywhere that an elected and legitimate government facilitates the meeting of the rebels fighting it, but because of peace, the president based on the request by the IGAD, decided to allow the United Nations and any other group ready to facilitate the transportation of the rebels to the consultation meeting, if this would be bring peace,” Terkoc told reporters on Wednesday.

IGAD, a regional bloc mediating the peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the more than 11-month-long conflict, announced earlier this month that the talks would resume after the two sides have carried out consultation with their constituencies on key contentious issues to be resolved by the main rival parties.

If implemented, the move would now help the field armed opposition commanders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar to meet at Pagak in eastern Upper Nile State to deliberate over a proposed power-sharing deal.

The opposition initially planned to hold its consultative meeting to start between the 19th and 20th in their controlled area, but the meeting was delayed due to several factors, including transport.


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  • 27 November 2014 10:22, by Kur William

    Government side had been using their political will to bring peace back to the country and rebels has been so irrespective to do the same.You can send them your aircrafts if united nation lacks the numbers needs to transported these dishevel commanders to Fagak.Salva Kirr has shown to entire nation that he want rule of laws,peace,security and prosperity to be restore again in South Sudan.

    • 27 November 2014 12:39, by Mayom County Boy

      peace must come by all mean to south Sudan!
      no body will denies it
      asking permit from government is an other way of creating problem !
      why not moving by their own decision instead of asking Juba current government .

      • 27 November 2014 13:48, by Kenyang

        Bro Mayom,
        You are a man of peace and want peace to all our people but this talks will not bring peace; at least soon.On other hand, rebels can meet without asking permission but because they lack transport, UN need permission to facilitate ferrying them. It’s good gesture on part of gov’t as the article said; few gov’ts would allow that. Rebels are considered illegal anywhere despite grievances.

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