Good Day :Luka Biong in a "New Look"..! (3)
It is clear that there is disagreement between Mr. Luka Biong and some of decision makers in SPLM government in Juba on the issue of African Mediation. AU Mediation was strongly blamed in Juba during "Heglig War". Mr. Pagan Amum, the Secretary General of SPLM mobilized the supporters of the movement against AU Mediation and especially President Thabo Mbeki the head of the mediation, they accused him of being bias against South Sudan. The protesters in the rally that organized by SPLM chanted denouncing the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ke Moon, AU mediator Mbeki and the government of Sudan, some of them consider the African Mediation as an enemy of South Sudanese people. The political tactic led Juba to mobilize people against AU but Mr. Luka even he has the same goal he did not join this campaign, he blamed Juba (in his article published on All Africa) for its negative campaign against Mbeki and African Mediation. Pagan Amum delivered his speech in Juba to the crowds who were shouting against Mbeki. That means he is against African Mediation. The silent and hidden crisis between African mediation and Juba is clear now. Luka proves that the crisis turned to disagreement between him and others in SPLM.
Luka said: (While the South is uncomfortable with the role of AUHIP, it may not be diplomatically appropriate for the leaders of the South to discuss such issue in the media. The South as a member of AU has the right to officially and in silent diplomacy raise its concerns over the mediation role of AUHIP. The fact of the matter is that UNSC has not only endorsed the mediation role of AUHIP, but it has asked the UN Secretary General in consultation with AUHIP, in case of failure of the negotiations, to prepare report including detailed proposals regarding the pending issues)
Mr. Luka went further more on the issue: (It is important for the South to recognize that President Mbeki enjoys overwhelming support from African leaders and international community. Also he has unique and rich wealth of experience and strategic thinking and he stands as one of the few African intellectuals with righteous and strategic ideas for the future of Africa. As a freedom fighter, he sees himself in the struggle of people of South Sudan and his learning curve about the regime in Khartoum has exponentially improved over the few years. I do not see any reason that would make President Mbeki to be more sympathetic with position of Sudan than that of the South except in the articulation and presentation of the issues)
By Mekki Elmograbi, 16/05/2012