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S. Sudanese youth calls for AU peace-mediation process

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July 24, 2017 (JUBA)- A group of South Sudanese youth on Monday rejected the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) involvement in the revitalization of South Sudan’s 2015 peace deal and called for a process that is mediated by the African Union (AU).

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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)

The group, in a statement, said four countries that directly border South Sudan have vested interest to take neutral stands and make impartial decisions on how South Sudan’s crisis can be resolved.

“Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia each have their vested interests in South Sudan. A particular example is quickest intervention of the Uganda army in South Sudan conflict in mid-December 2013 to fight alongside the government and on the other hand, Sudan government continue sponsoring allied militias to destabilize the government have negatively impacted the stability in South Sudan”, partly reads the statement Sudan Tribune obtained.

The group called on the AU to take over the role of mediating the new peace process, but warned that it could go IGAD’s way should the continental body fail to stop war and bring peace in the country.

“The answer is that IGAD is not a credible lead convener to lead the mediation. We call upon the African Union to take over the revitalization process by assisting the South Sudanese to dialogue and resolve their problems”, the group’s statement further reads.

Early this month, the South Sudanese government rejected proposals to renegotiate the 2015 peace agreement, but expressed readiness to fast track implementation of provisions that have not been implemented in accordance with the implementation matrix.

The deputy minister of information Akol Paul Kordit said the coalition government was not ready to open doors for any form of negotiations.

“The Transitional Government of National Unity has reiterated its commitment to continue to implement the peace agreement however it has also to be mentioned that the government is not ready for renegotiation of the peace agreement,” said Kordit.

He added, “We are not ready to reopen a peace agreement that has been implemented and if there are chapters or provision of the agreement that have not been implemented then as a government we are ready to fast track their implementation”.

Last month, regional leaders, at a summit meeting held in Ethiopia, called for revitalization of the August 2015 peace accord, saying the peace agreement is the only political solution for the young nation.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict between forces of the government and opposition force, which started in December 2013, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing millions.

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  • 25 July 2017 08:03, by Midit Mitot

    Good article from South Sudanese Youths, IGAD are not longer helping our nation since they were confused by the second Dictator call M7 of Uganda, AU should take lead for sure.

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  • 25 July 2017 08:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Akol Kordit is mentally retarded if he thinks ARCISS is being implemented. Why is war raging? Why are people fleeing the country in droves. What happened is the attempted assassination of a one of principal signatories and consequential murder of the whole peace agreement. Now
    what is going on in Juba is just lies and misinformation. Taban and Gatkuoth are members of the assassination scheme.

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    • 25 July 2017 16:34, by jubaone

      Jur,
      These are jienge youth and do NOT represent the SS. What we non-jienges and especially Equatorians want is to continue RELENTLESSLY our fight to drive off these jienge bastards from Equatoria. We are NO longer interested in peace except the ultimate demise and eviction of These scoundrels from our "holy lands". Kokora or death. Taban and his nyagats should also pack and get out.

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  • 25 July 2017 10:51, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudanese has finally spoken! let hear from AU if they will listen to foreigners or South Sudanese Citizens. We are tired of war

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  • 25 July 2017 13:22, by Tilo

    Time is up for IGAD business to end in South Sudan
    IGAD is good for nothing, They have never achieve anything tangible in there so call peace agreement.
    IGAD has Failed south Sudan

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  • 25 July 2017 15:47, by Mike Charlie MC

    Better says Dinka Youth plus Tabanese Nuer Yiow ,,, not all South Sudanese youth refused mediation of IGAD ,,,

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