November 11, 2014 (SSNA) — The leadership of the Greater Eastern Jikany Nuer in Diaspora (EJND) has vigorously rejected any peace deal that would retain president Salva kiir as the president. The group also demands Uganda to withdraw its troops from the violence-wracked South Sudan.
In a press statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), the agency said that any peace deal requiring Kiir to remain in power is not suitable; labeling the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation movement (SPLm) party meeting which was conducted in Tanzania last month as ‘dangerous’.
“If the rumors we heard about the Arusha, Tanzania meeting are true ‘to consider the President Salva Kiir to continue as the president of the Republic of South Sudan for the next few years’, [then], what is the logic behind this and where is the common sense to stop the president who killed the very civilians who brought him in power?,” the block asked.
The EJND further declared that South Sudan is not a safe place under the current South Sudanese President and that Kiir must either step down or face an increase resistance from opposing forces.
“In order to make South Sudan a safer and better place for humanity and wildlife to live in peace and harmony Salva MUST step down, otherwise we will resist Salva Kiir Mayardit’s regime until he agrees to a truce,” the agency warned.
The agency also criticizes Uganda for taking side in the conflict, demands Ugandan soldiers to leave South Sudan, and calls for Yoweri Museveni to be punished for using cluster bombs.
“For peace to prevail in South Sudan, Uganda MUST leave South Sudan and president Yoweri Museveni MUST be accountable for using cluster bombs on South Sudan soil on civilians in Jongle state comprising Bor, Murle and Lou Nuer,” it added.
The leadership of the EJND also indicated that it wants the victims of the ongoing war to be compensated, urges warring side to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, demands Kiir to admit that he ordered the killing of innocent Nuer in Juba late late year, and calls on the Hague–based International Criminal Court (ICC) to punish those who instigated the killings in Juba.
The press statement bears the signatures of Kir Riek Majiok, the President of Eastern Jikany Nuer Council of Australia, John Wiyual Kuach the Vice President of Eastern Jikany Nuer Council of Australia, Mary Nyanthuok Muon, the Chairwoman of Jikany Community of United States, Riek Gach Gatluak, Vice Chair of Jikany Community of United States, John Pur Kuon, the chairman of Jikany Nuer Community Association in Canada, and Isaiah Koang Malual, the Vice chairman of Jikany Nuer Community Association in Canada.
The Eastern Jikany Nuer in Diaspora is an umbrella organization for the Greater Jikany Nuer communities. It is made up of the Jikany Community of United States, Eastern Jikany Nuer Council of Australia, and the Jikany Nuer Community Association in Canada.