Vatican, 11 November, 2020 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The Rome-based Catholic lay association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts has resumed South Sudan peace talks, South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj reported November 10.
Mediated by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the talks that resumed Monday, November 9 bring together representatives from the South Sudanese government and the group of opposition leaders holding out from the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
Representatives of South Sudan Opposition Alliance Movement (SSOMA) and that of the Transitional Revitalized Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) are presently in Italy, Rome.
SSOMA group comprising the National Salvation Front (NAS), South Sudan United Front (SSUF), the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM), the United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army (UDRM/A), National Democratic Movement-Patriotic Front (NDM-PF), and South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) split into two factions last October.
Although the SSOMA faction led by NAS leader General Thomas Cirillo Swaka blamed the government in Juba for repeated violations and attacks on their positions, the faction has been reported to have recommitted to the cessation of hostilities agreement signed during the Rome Declaration earlier this year.