By Vision Reporter
KAMPALA - Rebecca Nyandeng Garang has urged South Sudan president Salva Kiir to release the detainees in Juba so that the talks to end the war proceed.
She made the call in an interview with New Vision that was aired on Urban TV on Friday.
The imprisonment of 11 high ranking politicians is a major stumbling block in talks that have been ongoing in Addis Ababa since last week.
Rebels have repeatedly called for their release, while President Kiir has insisted they will not be set free without a legal process.
She told New Vision and Urban TV that the release of the detainees will speed the talks and end the war. She said former deputy President Riek Machar would have no excuse to continue fighting if Kiir released his colleagues.
Rebecca Garang was welcomed to Vision Group by CEO Robert Kabushenga. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
Rebecca is a South Sudan Presidential Adviser on Human Rights and Gender. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
Kabushenga donates a book "Uganda - Building Of a nation", to Rebecca. Right is Nyankuir Garang. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
Rebecca is Presidential Adviser on Human Rights and Gender to the President of South Sudan and a widow of the late SPLM leader Dr. John Garang De Mabio.
The conflict in South Sudan began December 15 when Kiir's government claimed that soldiers loyal to his former deputy Machar, dismissed in July, launched an attempted coup.