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S. Sudan parties resume talks as IGAD makes revised bridging proposal


A general view of the closing session of the IGAD brokered second phase of the HLRF on 23 May 2018 - (Photo Ethiopian FM)
June 16, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese parties Saturday started three-day Intensive Interlink Consultations meeting to discuss a revised Bridging Proposal dealing with the outstanding issue in the peace revitalization forum.

The IGAD mediators submitted to the participants a new proposal described as "a middle ground on their various negotiating positions" on the power-sharing or governance and security arrangements. The parties during the three-day consultations are supposed to sign it paving the way for a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar.

Different sources told Sudan Tribune that regional and international pressure is high on the parties to sign the document which is conceived after 11 months of negotiations to revitalize the peace agreement of 2015.

The intensive consultations were decided by the IGAD after the failure of the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) to reach a deal on the implementation of the governance and security arrangements on 23 May.

At the time, the SPLM-IO rejected the proposal saying it "is an endorsement of the status quo which emerged in Juba after the collapse of the (peace agreement)".

"The IGAD Proposal further rewards the regime in Juba for their intransigence throughout the peace process and for their well-documented role in precipitating the collapse of (peace) in July 2016," stressed the main opposition group.

Seen by Sudan Tribune, the revised Bridging Proposal introduces a 35% quota for women in all instances of responsibilities "whether or not any reference has been made to this ratio in the text".

It also increases the share of the other political entities (i.e. FDs, OPP and SSOA) in the State Governments to be allocated as a bloc, 20%. In the first version, they had only 10%.

The revised proposal also bring more details on the Independent Boundary Commission which will review the establishment of new states and their boundaries and to make recommendations for addressing the consequences of these changes.

So, the commission will consist of 15 members including three from the IGAD countries. Also, it provides that the IBC has to terminate its mandate within 180 days.

It shall make binding "recommendations on adjustments to be made to the number and boundary of States during the Transitional Period," reads the revised bridging proposal.

The new text reduces members of the National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) from 440 to 400 legislators. The incumbent government will take 55% of its seats, the SPLM-Io 25% and the others political groups will take 20%.


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  • 17 June 2018 04:26, by lino

    IGAD and Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba are trying to make another fake Agreement to avoid sanctions scheduled for the end of June, 2018!!! Watch out people?!!!😜

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    • 17 June 2018 05:08, by Games

      IGAD are failed to bridge the gaps. There are no ways we IO and the others groups would accept that ratios. 55% Are rewarded for Salva Kiir is bads behaviours.

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      • 17 June 2018 06:35, by Nairobimitot

        You do not have the power to negotiate; we are only allowing you to settle with us because we want to forgive you for your failed rebellion. We have the upper hand because we are the government, and you are the visitor who is being brought back by your father, Igad. Remeber your father Igad is not from South Sudan. We decide to accept or reject you, and you cannot do anything. But you are allowed to make your voice heard in the media. No problem.

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        • 17 June 2018 08:06, by Eastern

          what power are you talking about? The opposition can choose to dilly dally so that the four regime kingpins are punished through sanctions at the end of June. 55% for Kiir and 400 in parliament full of handpicked Kiir’s sycophants is a joke! Kiir MUST CEDE POWER OR BE MADE TO CEDE POWER. You don’t reward a madman!

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          • 17 June 2018 11:36, by jubaone

            IGAD is recycling the same old proposal and renaming it as bridging proposal. The structure, composition and responsibilities remain at a 55:20:5:10:5 % for IG, IO, FD, SSOA, OPP respectively. It’s stupid, worthless and nothing new. It’s maintaining the status quo and rewarding the kiirminal and his jienge suckers.

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            • 17 June 2018 11:44, by Eastern


              This latest proposal once again goes down the drain! If IGAD so wishes, it should consider talking to Martin Elia,Gabriel Changson Chang and Kornelio Kon as the opposition parties and see if that helps matters. Kiir’s share of power shouldn’t be above the 50% mark...! The status quo is untenable.

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              • 17 June 2018 13:35, by South South

                Eastern and jubaone,

                We will accept IGAD proposal and if rebels refuse it, it’s not our problem. They bark day and night as they want, but we will move on with our country, end of the game.

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                • 17 June 2018 14:25, by jubaone

                  South South
                  Shut up Abyei scoundrel! You are a surrogate child from Abyei and NOT a SS. You have NO business interfering in our internal matters. You must be humble like Habesha, Darfuris or Nuba period. Do a nga? Just an ordinary Abyei jienge.

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                  • 17 June 2018 17:59, by South South


                    Swallow it hard coward old man. You can visit your uncles at refugee camps in Uganda if DIASPORA is hard. what rebels don’t like is not our problem, it’s others.

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                    • 17 June 2018 19:38, by jubaone

                      South South
                      At least I have uncles, yours could have already starved to death if you didn’t rush them to Juba or Uganda, ya Aryan jienge. Just go and take care of your jellaba’s compound as a security guard, loser.

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                • 17 June 2018 21:36, by lino

                  Junubi Junubi majnoon,

                  We can’t allow Manyang Juuk+ Makuei Lueth+ General Rubin Riak escape the sanctions at the moment!!! Peace ?? can come on December, 2018 with Emanuel our Lord!!!

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                • 18 June 2018 00:40, by The Rhino

                  South South,

                  Wrong! Not end of the game.IGAD proposals since day one were meant to promoting the ’status quo’ and maintaining the roque government in South Sudan.Look closer to IGAD’s policies,you’ll realize that these neighboring countries design their policies every now and then just to suck and get more benefits out of our country,and you foolish jienges diligently promote that.Just think....

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                  • 18 June 2018 00:58, by The Rhino

                    ...about it,simply said,Ethiopia,Kenya and Uganda are vehemently fighting for their interests in South Sudan...Hotel,Restaurant,Banking,Military and Agricultural supplies all under their hands.Where is South Sudan here?Let alone the benefits from international coordinations and development agencies.These countries are mercilessly siphoning wealth out of South Sudan.Don’t get me wrong,IGAD....

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                    • 18 June 2018 01:14, by The Rhino

                      ...countries contributed to the long struggle,but we South Sudanese must not naively get hooked to the believe that these countries are the ones to bring peace,comfort and remedy to our diverse problems.What we need is a government that can unite and represent diversity in this country.We love our neighbors but South Sudan’s interests must be first! Now you jienges are proven to be counter ...

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                      • 18 June 2018 01:24, by The Rhino

                        ...productive to achieving these norms,rigidity and cohesion among South Sudanese,why don’t you people just step back and give way to those with leadership quality to pull South Sudan out of its misery?

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        • 17 June 2018 09:20, by Games

          That entitlelly your opinion... We objectives this power sharing and no-one will forces us to sign that M7 proposals

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        • 17 June 2018 15:19, by Midit Mitot

          You were a IO die-heart by then, so you are now trying to appease Juba regime because of your new bloody daily bread, sorry!
          just consumpt yours silently, if I were you, I would have felt shame Walai.

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  • 17 June 2018 13:13, by Kush Natives

    Jubaone, Eastern, Games, Lino,
    You’re a bunch of selves opportunist, power thirsty. None of you haven’t mention the suffering of the South Sudanese people, why are you doing this? Your hearts are all on power. We want peace for all in South Sudan! That’s our only hope. Power sharing is a make up by rebels, in order for them forlong looting.

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    • 17 June 2018 14:31, by jubaone

      Bush Natives
      Jienges have peace since 2005 while the rest of the country is engulfed in a bitter war. You jienges have stolen, mismanaged and just can’t develop yourselves. Now you cry foul! Suckers. Now you realize that your greed and nonsense has an end. Either you accept peace on our new ARCISS terms or death. Period.

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    • 17 June 2018 15:37, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      Jubaone, Eastern, Games, Lino,
      You’re a bunch of selves opportunist, power thirsty. Yes I am!

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  • 17 June 2018 15:52, by Nairobimitot

    All of you rebels are allowed to return home if you want. But if you are not tired of war, we will clear you out very quickly. When you accept returning, home, you are allowed to move freely around our country and seek help from whoever can help you to settle. But the thing I know for sure is that you are allowed to farm. Farm our land because it is very fertile. Farming is your power sharing. We do not want you giver our country away to those who are not even from South Sudan. You rebels will not be allowed to giver the power-sharing to the people across the Ocean, those whom we do not even know. So, use the farming of our land wisely. Eat corn and Maze with all your souls and be happy.

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  • 17 June 2018 15:55, by Nairobimitot

    And make sure you bring the goods such as corn, maze and all types of food to Juba because I am in Juba. That is your powersharing agreement.

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  • 17 June 2018 16:19, by One people

    In 2015 peace agreement, United State, International Community, United Nation, Intergovernmental Authority on Development AKA IGAD and African Union, forced our government to Sign 2015 peace agreement because IO Signed it first, now lets C if IO will be force to Sign this beautiful agreement after our Gov signeter. Games. Eastern. J1.MM, please shit up this is not about you, is about us, ok

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    • 17 June 2018 16:59, by One people

      We don’t want to sign any agreement with you rebels anyways, but if it’s not because of our people are suffering from many things, we will fight you until you get lost in the bushes like joseph kony LRA and get captured one by one. You none jang been killing Dinka civilence since 1989 for Al Bashir to control South Sudanese land, and you can’t deny that. enough is enough. for your information>>

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      • 17 June 2018 17:40, by One people

        Dinka aren’t an small trib for you to defeat or to win a victory over eazly, and you all know that verywell. By the way, I have something very important that all of us SSudanese people most know that, we are destroying ourselves and destroying our land for positions, and creating dump life for our children’s. Why do children’s of our land still in the UN camp until today?

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