TROIKA demands documentation for National Dialogue

Amb. Lars Andersen (M) during the press briefing yesterday (photo by Bullen Bala)

By Bullen Bala & Kidega Livingstone

The TROKA countries supporting the National Dialogue have demanded for the documents that indicate that people have been participating and speaking during the national dialogue process.

The demand came following the visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan Amb. Lars Andersen to the leadership of the National Dialogue steering committee at Freedom Hall yesterday.

Speaking during the meeting, Amb. Andersen said there was need to know how people had been participating in the National Dialogue process in order to encourage the donors.

“We want that report that would reflect input given on issues people have been talking about including disputes,” said Andresen.

“I think the more convincing the process is, the more legitimate it can be to bridge the gap. I think that will also impact on the National Dialogue,” he added.

He emphasized that there was hope that the opposition would respond positively to the process.

He said that in terms of finance, the TROIKA were already partnering to make it easy to get work done from national community to the grassroots level in the process.

“We have already discussed the ways we can support peace process and we have very large capacity programs with UNDP and IOM. We are in the process of negotiating so that it will be expanded,” said Andersen.

However, the Co-Chair of the National dialogue, Mr. Angelo Beda narrated how the team had been working since the committee was formed.

He said that they had been working tirelessly to meet most of the opposition leaders including Dr. Lam Akol especially last year.

“We did a lot but if you invite somebody and he/she fails to come, what do you do?” Beda asked.

We came and dwelled on the diversity of our people who were suffering. They do not know anything so we went to them in fifteen different committees including refugees both in Sudan and Ethiopia.

He said the committee could not reach other refugees because of long distance and insecurity especially those in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We have finished and have written the report .We have the documents that show that people have spoken from the grassroots,” said Beda.

He said that most of the reports were documented and it was on the National Dialogue’s website.

“We have been criticized by the citizens of this country but we will continue working for our people,” he added.


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