MP Salva Mathok asking a question during the sitting on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 (Photo by Morris Dogga)
By Morris Dogga
Some members of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) have questioned the credibility of the mediators to the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).
The second round of the HLRF is expected to start tomorrow in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. The parties had disagreed on many of the outstanding issues during the Interparty Consultations held last week.
Members of Parliament (MPs) said they were very dismayed by the lack of progress in the ongoing revitalization of the Agreement.
The lawmakers raised concern on Tuesday during a parliamentary briefing of the Women Parliamentary Caucus by the Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth on the progress of the Revitalization.
Member of Parliament, Rose Adau Deng said she was very disappointed that anytime the parties go for the talks they don’t agree on some of the outstanding issues.
“If you accept to be a mediator, be a mediator in the spirit of God but not to promote your personnel interest,” she said.
She said the lack of progress in the peace talks “gives us an idea that there is a failure somewhere.”
“I want to say to those of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) to make reference to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) during the talks,” she added.
Another MP Ngong Deng, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement ( SPLM) representing Lol State said he was also very concern about the fate of the Mediators given that they have not been able to break the barriers.
“The mediators don’t have a good fate on the revitalization process. This time, don’t spend more time negotiating because if you spent more time more rebels will be produced,” she advised the government representatives to the talks.
MP Rebecca Joshua Okwaci who is also the Minister of Road and Bridges added that the mediators must be serious about their work adding that they must be able to win the trust of the parties.
“All this time, the mediators have not been serious. How can the parties be supported to be more serious in the talks?,” she asked.
“The mediators must be credible. They must be people who are able to win the trust of the parties if they are to move forward,” Okwaci said.
“Is it that there is nobody to help them? Because there seems to be no progress,” she said.
The Minister of information Michael Makuei Lueth also said they doubt the credibility of the mediators but insisted that the transitional government would not opt for any change in the mediations.
Makuei further accused the mediators of failing to control the meditation process adding that they tend to be bias towards the government.
According to Makuei “the mediators tend to believe in any thong that the opposition alliance tells them without consulting the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM).”
The MPs have also raised serious concern over the evolution of the more armed groups in South Sudan.