South Sudan Opposition has doubted president Kiir’s new peace plan, saying nothing showed the latter’s commitment to resolve the country’s ongoing conflict.
Onyoti Adigo, the minority leader in South Sudan assemblywas speaking in response to Kiir’s remarks while addressing the country’s lawmakers at the opening of the national assembly.
Kiir unveiled the peace plan to the lawmakers on Monday, saying he rejected violence and offered a comprehensive political process to end the ongoing civil war in the world’s youngest nation.
“We do not reject dialogue but with whom should we hold dialogue because Riek [Machar] and his group have never respected even what they have signed,” said Kiir.
The South Sudanese leader said that the new plan for peace is the full commitment to ceasefire in order to create peaceful and amicable environment for negotiations, calling for an immediate end to violence and negotiations with the armed opposition led by his former vice-president, Riek Machar, the former political detainees and other stakeholders.
Adigo however said that Kiir should make a two day- or three-day national dialogue with all the political parties in the country, with civil societies and other stakeholders instead of making the old political statements.
The president, in his speech, praised lawmakers for amending the constitution, granting him additional three years in office when his term ends in July this year.
Salva Kiir was voted to extend his rule by the parliament, a decision that stalled his talks with Riek Machar and which led to the continued war in Africa’s youngest nation.