April 20, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership conference of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, which started yesterday, April 19, 2015, has continued into its second day today on Monday in Pagak.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson to SPLM/SPLA [IO] Chairman, many senior leaders comprising of the Chairs and deputy chairs of various national and specialized committees, representatives of the Movement abroad, senior military commanders and governors of the states for the opposition are attending the conference.
James Gatdet reiterates that the Chairman and Commander in Chief, Dr. Riek Machar, briefed the conference and affirms the commitment of the opposition to the IGAD-led peace mediation, and calls on Juba to show the same.
“In his opening remarks, the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, reaffirmed the Movement’s commitment to the peace process and called on the participants to deliberate on the issues and agree on the way forward” Dak said.
After Dr. Machar, the SPLM/SPLA[IO] chief Negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, revealed the new IGAD-Plus mediation mechanism.
Dak believes that the rebels’ leadership will discuss the inclusion of new states and organizations in the next rounds of IGAD-PLus mediation.
“The agenda will be discussing IGAD mediation including the proposed new mediation mechanism that may include AU, EU, UN, Troika and China” Dak said.
He further said that the conference will also discuss AU report and reports from Military governors, and commanding generals from various states.
“They will also be discussing AU report on atrocities committed in the war. Status of the Arusha agreement between factions of the SPLM will also be looked into.” the spokesman said.
“Organizational documents approval and reports by governors will also be tackled.” he reiterates.
Other items that will be discussed in the meeting include humanitarian situation in rebels’ held territories and outcomes of various meetings with other political parties and former political detainees.