South Sudan’s foreign minister on Wednesday praised Egypt for the great part it played in sponsoring the re-unification efforts of fractured SPLM party, whose internal rift plunged the country into conflict in 2013.
Cairo last week witnessed the signing of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Declaration of Unification under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,
Deng Alor Kuol, foreign minister in a statement thanked Egyptian President Fatah Al-Sisi for his efforts to convince the warring SPLM factions to sign reunification to support the peace process in South Sudan and to respond to its advantages, reiterating Juba’s commitment to continue its cooperation with all partners in the peace process.
“The government of South Sudan welcome and appreciate the Cairo declaration on the Reunification of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the government appreciates the great role that was played by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda,” Alor said.
He described the resolution of the Reunification deal and the role played by Cairo and Kampala at the talks as a milestone that came as a culmination of SPLM’s long-standing efforts to achieve this goal.
The South Sudanese diplomat said the government will abide by the outcomes of Cairo Declaration especially the cessation of hostilities and the upcoming meeting on November 27th in Kampala.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been marred by ruinous civil war when President Salva Kiir fired and later accused his longtime rival and vice president Riek Machar .
A smoldering political rift within the SPLM and power struggle between Kiir and Machar was “among the root causes” of the conflict in the country. The Cairo Declaration and Arusha Reunification document since in 2015 in Tanzania acknowledged that party leaders have “contributed to the emergence of the current crisis.”