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JUBA - 13 Nov 2017

Parliament speaker urges rebels to join peace efforts

The speaker of South Sudan’s Transitional Legislative Assembly, Anthony Lino Makana, has called on the armed movements to renounce violence and join the national dialogue process and peace before the New Year begins.

The South Sudanese army has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) rebels and several groups of armed movements since December 2013.

Makana, who addressed the meeting of the national dialogue committee in Juba on Friday, said the ongoing civil war has destroyed a number development projects across the country.

The legislator called on the armed opposition groups to change their language and join the peace process in the New Year.

For his part, the co-chair of the national dialogue committee, Angelo Beda, called on the armed movements through Radio Tamazuj to join the peace process.

He pointed out that they are still considering open talks with all opposition groups in the country to join the national dialogue process.

In May, President Kiir launched the national dialogue body to organise the national dialogue process to address the root causes of the ongoing conflict.

However, the opposition hinted that it will not be part of the process, describing it as “bogus.”