JUBA, 24 January 2021 – The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA)has reiterated its commitment to the Rome Peace Process and denied allegations that it has splintered.
In a press statement published Saturday, SSOMA dismissed as false a claim by a spokesperson for the South Sudanese government delegation to the Sant’Egidio-mediated talks in Rome that it had split into two factions
“We urge the regime in Juba to refrain from lies and promoting false information that may jeopardize the Rome Peace Process,” SSOMA said in the statement.
The opposition alliance was refuting a story aired by Radio Tamazuj on Saturday in which South Sudanese government spokesperson, Benjamin Marial, identified General Thomas Cirillo as the leader of one faction of SSOMA and General Pagan Amum and Paul Malong as the leaders of a second faction.
“The Statements made by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin are grossly incorrect, misleading, and irresponsible and can be detrimental to the peace process. SSOMA condemns these statements with the contempt they deserve and rejects them in their totality,” the statement read in part.
SSOMA reaffirmed that they will only join the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) when the Declaration of Principles (DoP) and recommitment to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) are ratified by the parties.
Pending ratification, the statement added, “SSOMA or officers of the National Salvation Front (NAS) will not be deployed to Juba or stationed in any cantonment as stated by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin”.
SSOMA is a four-member alliance bringing together The National Salvation Front (NAS), The National Democratic Movement-Patriotic Front (NDM-PF), The South Sudan National Movement for Change/Army (SSNMC/A), and The United Democratic Revolution Movement/Army (UDRM/A).
Held under the auspices of The Community of Sant’Egidio, the Rome Peace Process seeks to achieve just and sustainable peace in South Sudan by addressing the root causes of the conflict in Africa’s youngest nation.