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IGAD wants to revitalise not to review South Sudan peace deal: Juba


June 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government denied on Tuesday that the summit of the regional leaders has called for a review of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) to accommodate the views of the holdout groups.

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An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (IGAD File photo)

"That is not true. All those reports are misleading. The IGAD communiqué is very clear. You read it again for yourself. From what I read and which is already in the public, it only called for a High-level Revitalization Forum of the parties," cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday

"The use of revitalization means not the agreement but the confidence building of the parties to recommit themselves, especially those who decided to not participate in the implementation of the agreement, which is the only means of ending the conflict and bring peace to the country," he further said.

The minister was reacting to reports saying that the IGAD leaders in their extraordinary meeting of Monday agreed on the need to prioritize the ARCSS implementation to the government-led national dialogue process.

Meanwhile, Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth told reporters upon arrival at Juba international airport that the regional leaders pledged to support the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan, not review of the agreement.

“Basically, the revitalization means support to the implementation of the agreement and that’s basically what it is, so the IGAD as guarantors of the agreement they have to make sure that the implementation of the agreement is not delayed,” said Gatkuoth.

“There is nothing called review of the agreement or renegotiation of the agreement or nothing at all in the IGAD meeting. It was clearly stated that the only way for us to bring peace to South Sudan is to implement the agreement that was signed in 2015,” he added.

“It is a bible and nobody will be tempering with it and it has to be implemented as it is, and whoever is holding out not to be part of the process, IGAD will not entertain those people.”

The communiqué seen by Sudan Tribune calls for convening an "urgent High-level Revitalization Forum of the parties to the ARCSS including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures, to restore permanent ceasefire, to full implementation of the Peace Agreement and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period".

It mandates the IGAD Council of Ministers to urgently convene and facilitate this forum in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and directs the Chairperson of JMEC and the Executive Secretary of IGAD to provide the necessary secretariat and logistical arrangements.

The SPLM-IO Riek Machar says First Vice President Taban does not represent them in the implementation process. That means they want their leader and other leading figures to participate in the government in line with the power-sharing deal to take part in the implementation process.

They also want to discuss the details of a ceasefire agreement ant to take part in the cease-fire commission etc... For them, all these measures should be implemented before the dialogue or the reconciliation process.

On the other hand, Juba rejects the participation of Riek Machar in the government or the national dialogue but accepts that his group join them in the political process and eventually in the government.


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  • 14 June 2017 06:33, by Eastern

    The Juba kleptocrats is dwelling in SEMANTICS. Kiir one time said the ARCISS is neither the Bible nor the Koran; today Ezekial (not the one in the Bible) argued that the ARCISS is like the Bible which shouldn’t be tempared with!!!! These goons in Juba can’t cease to amaze their neighbour for TALKING BEFORE THEY THINK!!!

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  • 14 June 2017 07:05, by Sunday Junup

    Last time you said ARCSS has being implemented by Taban, what happen now?

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    • 14 June 2017 16:33, by Kuch

      Eastern & Sunday Junup, there is no revitalization of your so-called ACRSS fellows trust this. How long have you fellows been informed that your SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ are just foreign online propaganda tabloids with a sinister agenda. Just concentrate on the current national dialogue fellows>>>

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      • 14 June 2017 16:43, by Kuch

        Your so-called ACRSS was unimplementable as it was drafted by the TROIKA (the U.S., the UK & Norway) & the IGAD-plus of Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, ethiopia, Djibouti, North Sudan plus Chad, Nigeria, Algeria, Rwanda & South Africa. Fellows if l can ask you, what was the business of the countries of>>>

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        • 14 June 2017 16:50, by Kuch

          Chad, Nigeria, Algeria, Rwanda & South Africa in the South Sudan’s peace? Those l mentioned above have no border with Sudan & they are not members of IGAD? It was because South Sudan is considered by any trash on earth to be a country to be the country that any rubbish on earth can toy around with>>>

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          • 14 June 2017 16:57, by Kuch

            There are of hyenas right in our Africa & there sponsors in Europe & the U.S. who think, that they use our country like Eastern Congo but they are playing with fire. Our Riek Machar fools & their bosses are just bunch of fools who do not know the dirty game being toyed around against our country & people because they have never been the smartest people in South Sudan anyway>>>

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            • 14 June 2017 17:03, by Kuch

              The idiots are told to chuck their aimless war & start growing their own food but they are not listening. They will again be asking for foreign food next time this year l am 100% sure of this. The idiots want other people to be giving free food while they continue to fight for their aimless wars>>>

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      • 14 June 2017 19:43, by Mr Point

        Since mid-December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence. This started after Salva Kiir took fright at the SPLM conference.

        A military man, he is unused to democratic expression of different opinion by other SPLM leaders and he tried to overrule them with heavy armaments (Riek Machar) and imprisonment (Former Detainees)

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