Ramaphosa, in his capacity as special envoy to mediate the conflict, made the announcement after a visit to Juba, capital of South Sudan.

South SudanOn Thursday, Ramaphosa held consultations with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and leaders of the SPLM (Former Detainees) and SPLM (In opposition) Taban Deng and Deng Alor.

Ramaphosa was in South Sudan to attend the Extra-Ordinary National Convention of the SPLM held in Juba on Jan. 7-8.

In his consultation with opposition leaders, who had taken a decision not to attend the convention, Ramaphosa persuaded them to attend the convention as part of confidence building measures aimed at the reunification of the SPLM, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

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The two leaders did attend the convention, a decision that went well to foster unity and reunification of the SPLM, Mamoepa said.

“We can truly say that indeed the conflict that engulfed the SPLM has today come to an end and the guns of war have now been silenced. Taban Deng himself said there is no more going to war which means that there is a permanent ceasefire,”Mamoepa quoted Ramaphosa as saying after his consultations with the opposition leaders.

The Extra-Ordinary National Convention was convened specifically to incorporate provisions of the Arusha Agreement, signed in January 2015, into the constitution of the SPLM. The Arusha Agreement was signed with a view to paving the way for the reunification of the SPLM.

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During the visit to Juba, Ramaphosa also paid a courtesy call on Kiir who informed Ramaphosa that substantial progress had been made in negotiations between the various factions of the SPLM and the government regarding the formation of the government of national unity, Mamoepa said.

In this regard Kiir is expected to announce the government of national unity by decree, according to Mamoepa.
When South Sudan became a sovereign state on July 9 2011, SPLM became the ruling party of the new republic. SPLM branches in Sudan separated themselves from SPLM, forming the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. Fighting broke out in December 2013 when Kiir accused his sacked deputy Machar of attempting a coup. Enditem

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Source: Xinhua


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