Juba, 14 October, 2020 / 5:51 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) has, in a Press Release, announced the resumption of peace talks.
Aimed at working towards all-inclusive peace in the East-Central African country, the talks are being mediated by the Rome-based lay Catholic association, Sant’Egidio.
Referencing the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU), SSOMA leadership stated in the Tuesday, October 12 Press Release, “The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) would like to inform its members, supporters, the people of South and the international community, that SSOMA and R-TGoNU resumed the Rome Peace Process under the auspices of the community of SANT’EGIDIO.”
South Sudan’s R-TGoNU comprising the government and the country’s main opposition was formed on February 22 this year.
SSOMA brings together some of the opposition parties that had declined to be part of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) that was signed in September 2018, providing a framework for ending the civil war, which erupted in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his then Vice President, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup.