October 15, 2007 (Sudane Tribune)
SPLM delegation will meet Sudanese president on Tuesday to deliver a letter from the former rebel movement on the implementation of a peace deal signed in January 2005.
"President Omer al-Bashir will meet us tomorrow at 12 o’clock to receive a letter from the movement on the peace implementation. Also, we will fix an appointment for the First Vice president, Salva Kiir to discuss the content of the letter with him." Said Yasir Arman, a SPLM deputy secretary-general.
He further told Sudan Tribune that only Salva Kiir as leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement will discuss with Omer al-Bashir the chairman of the National Congress Party the issues raised in the letter.
Al-Bashir had refused on Sunday October 14 to receive a SLPM delegation headed by Southern Sudan vice-president, Riek Machar.
The SPLM on Thursday suspended its participation in the central government, accusing Beshir’s ruling National Congress Party of failing to implement a 2005 north-south peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.
The SPLM complained in particular about the failure of Khartoum’s troops to leave the south, the lack of progress on resolving the status of the oil-rich province of Abiye and failure to allow the south to carry out a cabinet reshuffle.
According to the SPLM deputy secretary general, accusations of violation of the CPA formulated by the NCP are just to mask the National Congress breaches of the peace deal. "This political manoeuvre will not lure the Sudanese people who know very well the truth," he said.
Arman insisted that the suspension of the SPLM participation in the unity government is not provoked only by the rejection of al-Bashir to remove Lam Akol. He underlined that al-Bashir party has violated the CPA and the constitution and "we want to fix these issues".
Yassir Arman also said Lam Akol who is a member of the SPLM political bureau expressed his commitment to implement any decision that the movement’s leadership undertake with regard to the ministerial reshuffle.
He also added that the democratic transition and the freedom of press are on the top agenda of the movement and not only Abyei and the border demarcation.