Home | Comment & Analysis    Monday 20 February 2017

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tor Madira Machier

The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very region and the International community fall short of strategy to compel the two warring sides life up to the eventual August 2015 peace agreement which was signed after many attempts since January 23 2014.

Peace efforts in the young African country has been the victim of intransigence by either parties especially the government of General Salva Kiir Mayardiit. The international community’s effort is being undermined by vesting interests some countries of the very international community, mediating between the two warring parties, enjoys in South Sudan.

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in August 2015, president Salva Kiir and his government, influenced by the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), has shown no commitment to the Agreement that many, with doubts, thought would eventually bring peace and stability to the country.

There was no guarantee from the beginning that the peace agreement, a road map first rejected by Kiir only to sign nine days later with reservations, will hold water. Kiir himself, upon arrival from Juba, said that he was under duress to sign the previous agreement, and that he signed the Agreement signed by Machar on the 17 August on 26 August 2015 expressing reservations for it.

The peace talks which has been in force in Addis Ababa Ethiopia since 2nd of January 2014 has been nothing but a mechanism, for the government, for buying time to prepare for a full-scale civil war in the young nation. Since the January 23 agreement, the government of South Sudan has been on offensives against the armed opposition faction of the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition in a bid to crush the rebellion using the power of the gun, yet the international community employed a strategy of bullying both sides to the conflict for violating the many agreements signed one after another.

Again, to make every matter worse in regards to the peace efforts, the international community forced Machar to return to Juba on the basis of implementing a Peace Agreement the other partner to the agreement questioned and referred to as "the White Man’s" peace.

After Machar made it to Juba, Kiir conspired to murder him so that he and his government evade the question of accountability and the peace implementation.

Now, Machar has survived, Kiir is not willing t resuscitated the agreement nor he is willing to step up a new peace effort with his counterparts in the SPLM-IO, Dr Machar, yet the international community is watching and not willing to force Salva Kiir who violated the agreement to lives up to a pledge he did one and half year ago.

The region and the International community, which seems to be frustrated by mediating between a peace-loyal party, the SPLM/SPLA IO, and a government whose perspective is war as the solution, Salva Kiir’s government, already conspired against the SPLM-IO and that their belief is that peace may be achieved through the government’s bullets rather than through mediation they have been standing for during the three years of the conflict.

Recent events by the region including denying Machar a safe passage to his base in Pagak and also arrests against many SPLM-IO cadres including the personal spokesman of Dr Machar signals how the world and the International community’s effort for peace has failed. To this fact, Kiir seems to be assuming victory because of the silence the international community do. And that is one of the many reasons President Salva Kiir do not want peace to come to the young nation. What I have also understood from my own personal point of view is that Salva Kiir is not for peace and will never be so. That is why I am so skeptical about a peaceful solution to the conflict with Kiir as a party. And so.....’NO’ for peace and YES for war.

Salva Kiir Mayardiit and his Jieng Council of Elders must go!

Tor Madira Machier is a South Sudanese columnist living in Egypt, he can be reached via: tormadira2013@gmail.com or via his blog: tormachier.blogspot.com



The views expressed in the 'Comment and Analysis' section are solely the opinions of the writers. The veracity of any claims made are the responsibility of the author not Sudan Tribune.

If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email it to comment@sudantribune.com

Sudan Tribune reserves the right to edit articles before publication. Please include your full name, relevant personal information and political affiliations.
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Egypt’s Strategic Water Security: The myth and the truth 2017-03-24 08:19:56 By Ermias Hailu Following to the end of the second world war Egypt’s failure to integrate Eritrea to its territories, due to Emperor Haile Selassie’s superior diplomatic skills, the then Pan- Arab (...)

South Sudan famine is a wake-up call to revive dead peace deal 2017-03-20 15:57:01 By Brian Adeba News that a famine has been declared in South Sudan is yet another stark reminder of the ever evolving nature of war-induced fragility in Africa’s newest country. As the world (...)

Africa’s next level of economic transformation 2017-03-20 05:57:00 By Jim Yong Kim The G20 finance ministers met last week in Germany to discuss critical challenges facing the global economy, from climate change to migration to humanitarian emergencies like the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)

Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.