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IGAD told to “rethink” on South Sudan peace mediation

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June 12, 2017 (JUBA) – Enough Project, an advocacy body on ending conflict, said regional leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the conflict in South Sudan should “embrace a radical rethink” to facilitate peace in the country.

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President Salva Kiir (L) and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) attend the signing a ceasefire agreement during an IGAD summit on the South Sudan crisis in Addis Ababa on 1 February 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

In a statement issued ahead of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit of heads of states and governments on Monday, the Enough Project described it as an opportunity to end the devastating war.

"Because its war is spiraling, South Sudan needs a new, dynamic, and inclusive peace process. IGAD is currently charged with mediating but its approach is inadequate in the face of multiplying armed actors and a dying peace agreement from 2015,” said John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project.

He, however, warned against what he described as IGAD’s “unwilling to commit to revitalizing the peace process and make it more inclusive,” saying such failure will shift the responsibility to the African Union and the United Nations.

Brian Adeba, an Associate Director at Enough Project, said IGAD has no time to waste on South Sudan.

“The worsening humanitarian conditions in South Sudan and the escalating violence requires that international community leaders embrace a radical rethink of the stagnant peace process,” he said.

South Sudan’s peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa in August 2015 failed following resumption of conflict in the capital, Juba in July, 2016. The conflict has since spread to Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal regions, which were initially considered peaceful during the earlier periods when violence broke out in mid-December, 2013.

“In order to push the warring parties toward a political solution, IGAD and other leaders should support international efforts, such as targeted financial pressures and an arms embargo. All concerned should also recognize how the conflict has evolved," said Adeba.

He added, "It is no longer a binary duel, but involves many actors whose input is necessary to map a new path for peace."

Jon Temin, Director of Policy and Research at the Enough Project, said the latest IGAD meeting provides an opportunity for the international community to revitalize its efforts at ending the devastating war in South Sudan.

“International efforts require much greater urgency and conviction. It is imperative that international actors come to a clear agreement concerning who is leading the mediation, and what role supporters can play. While IGAD has at times shown initiative, it has been lacking of late," said Temin.

He added, "If IGAD is not prepared to lead and commit the necessary diplomatic resources and political will, that role should shift to the African Union or the United Nations, with strong support from the United States and other Troika members".

President Salva Kiir, who was invited to attend the meeting, declined and sent First Vice President Taban Deng Gai to Addis Ababa for Monday’s meeting. The presidency, in a statement, said Kiir had other commitments.

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  • 12 June 09:53, by Sunday Junup

    Now you are talking

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    • 12 June 13:23, by Mi diit

      IGAD will shortly be declared "rebels" by Juba thugs.
      All ears,eyes and tention are on Addis.

      If IGAD fails this time around then forget about incompetent Kiir.

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      • 12 June 14:25, by jubaone

        There’s nothing about rethinking the peace deal, ARCISS 2015 must be implemented in letter and spirit period. Either they allow Riak to come and take his rightful position as signatory to the peace or not. There’s NO and NEVER will there be any discussion on that. Taban us already part of the Kiirminal and must give up this position to Riak.

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    • 12 June 13:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan, crise is a business to IGAD and other world leaders.
      The international community and IGAD need to put South Sudan to an end by force.
      Otherwise.

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  • 12 June 11:59, by Tilo

    IGAD has to wake up, otherwise they have failed to bring peace in South Sudan.
    Either they do something tangible now or UNSC should take over and impose the sanction and arm Embargo to end the suffering of South Sudanese

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    • 12 June 13:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Though a Millions years, South Sudan crise will exist.

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  • 12 June 12:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    IGAD has failed on South Sudan issue because they want to gain economically from weak Salva Kiir rule. It is therefore imperative for the world to take charge to bring peace to this country as mothers and kids are dying in multitudes. Look at how Kiir ignores the meeting in Addis that is supposed to discus the end of this war!!

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    • 12 June 13:44, by Kuch

      You Riek Machar hooligans are out your Damn brains your Riek Machar sociopath. The U.S., the UK, Norway, the UN & the so-called IGAD-plus of Ethiopia, North Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia & Djibouti plus the countries of Chad, Nigeria, Algeria, Rwanda & South Africa. Drafted their so-called proposed compromise agreement (CPA II), in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa>>>

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      • 12 June 13:52, by Kuch

        And pushed it into the government of South Sudan & your Risk Machar & Pagan Amuom to sign by force. And you fools always call that rubbish document a peace that the South Sudanese with brain would it a peace document? Fellows, what part of the world do you Risk Machar fools living in? You fools have been asked to stop your aimless rebellion & accept peace. Your Riek Machar is long dead in Juba last year>>>

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        • 12 June 13:59, by Kuch

          You fools have been informed every now & then that corporate America, the UK, their UN, their evil jugs, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evils in between are using you Risk Machar fools as their pawns/proxies to fight their Geo-political war over our country due to our resources & they have been using the fools like your Riek Machar as their puppet>>>

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          • 12 June 14:46, by Tilo

            Kuch

            I don’t really understand your comment,
            Whom would you like to mediate the peace talk between IO and IG, Surely some element has to bring both parties together and sort out their difference. Your statement seems like July 2016 fighting has been staged to disorganize the signed peace deal.
            Remember the more you prolong war the more SS suffers & the more gov’t shows incompetency to the worl

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          • 13 June 00:09, by Mr Point

            Kuch.

            Stop taking those drugs. You’re not making sense.

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  • 12 June 13:53, by peacefor all

    Riak and Kiir should just step aside and give peace a chance.

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    • 12 June 19:25, by Eastern

      Dr. Machar HAS BEEN FORCED OUT already; Kiir and Taban are the main guys you have to deal with. Why do you put Kiir and Machar on the same scale?

      May be you need to ask Kiir to step aside so that a new person is identified by his team to work with Taban, a man good at striking GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP!!!

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  • 12 June 13:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudan problem need to be solve force.

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  • 12 June 13:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    All international leaders should forget of two leaders of South Sudan in any field of mission.

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  • 12 June 14:01, by Unionist Agent

    Why is it always a big deal about South Sudan?
    The country is generally calm with exception of highway terrorist, yet the region and and some international community members are making it a very big story.

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    • 12 June 14:53, by Tilo

      Unionist Agent
      What kind of calmness are you talking about buddy?
      No interstate road connection, people are dying of famine, More than 2 million are IDP & in POC, 1.8M are refugee in neighboring countries, SSP lost 90% value. Ongoing fighting in Upper Nile, Yei & so forth...
      Are you really listening to your self
      You need to reason well man

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      • 13 June 00:14, by Mr Point

        Tilo

        You’ve correctly listed some of the major problems.
        Inflation, communication, refugees, conflict ....

        Why is it that the solution to those problems for most people who post on this forum is to start by killing other people?

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    • 12 June 15:20, by Theallseeingeye

      Unionist Agent
      for you as a Jienge, you can multiply like insects and sleep with cows in the same wet places full of shits that’s why you can regard 1.8m people refuge, 2m IDPs living in confine places hopefully without cow dirts, few 500,000 children, women and unarmed men dying as nothing of concerns.

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  • 12 June 14:34, by Dalta Cirea

    Unionist, you are telling international communities that there is no war in South Sudan. unless you are out of the country otherwise you denied the fact.

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  • 12 June 15:44, by Fair Man

    All IGAD should do is to rally behind General Salva Kiir and his Cabinet to dismantle all networks of rebels. They ensure that no rebels are allowed to operate. We are now for peace. Stop rigidity. We may continue fighting for 100 years and just only killings instead of development? I am going to disarm the IO Nuer factions in my zone in coming days. They don’t listen to orders anymore.

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    • 12 June 15:46, by Eastern

      Try your luck, feeble minded man!

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    • 12 June 16:57, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      In 2016 when close to 21 mostly luakjienges disguised as civilians were gunned down along the Yei-Juba road, the kiirminal threatened to transfer his command post to Yei in order to flush out the opposition forces. The IO since then has made several incursions into Yei with no strong resistance. What happened? So you think you can? Good luck.

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  • 13 June 01:43, by pabaak

    Enough project should look for other projects instead of bringing peace in south Sudan.peace already has been signed long time ago with IO what remain in Bushes now are criminals can be deal with Government. In fact its you IGAD countries Like Ethiopia who allow your countries to base for rebels to destabilize our county it like you think s.Sudan can not the same to you too by established bases

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    • 13 June 02:02, by pabaak

      For rebels to destabilize your countries too. This meeting in Addis is just to show up for diplomats nothing better can describe than that. Because has to wonder if Riek Machar is satisfied then it mean no peace.who spoil last agreement in July 2016 not himself Riek when he signed agreement for VP position anvwant to take the seat that,s not belong to him by force

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      • 13 June 02:08, by pabaak

        Corrections
        If Riek is not satisfied than there,s no peace?

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