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Initialling of South Sudan peace document delayed to Tuesday


Sudan's Foreign Minister who is also the chief mediator El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed and IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais (L) launch the final phase of the revitalization process in Khartoum on 13 August 2018 (Photo Nuur Mahmoud Sheekh)
August 27, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The initialling of the final document of revitalized South Sudan peace agreement has been adjourned to Tuesday as some parties failed to hand over their observation or simply rejected it.

In line with the agenda of the talks, the parties to the negotiations had to initial the final document after concluding the three-day discussions on bracketed issues before to discuss the implementation matrix.

The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) rejects the referendum as a default solution to settle the disagreement over the number of states, while the SPLM-IO expressed strong reservation to the constitution-making process proposed by the mediation.

Sudanese Foreign Minister and Chief Mediator El- Dirdeiry Ahmed and South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei on Monday evening told reporters about the adjournment of the signing saying some failed to give their observations and other others reject the text.

Minister El Dirdeiri announced that the signing was delayed to Tuesday morning.

For his part, Makuei explained that the parties finished the text on Monday morning and were given the semi-final draft at about 05:00 pm, adding they handed it back to the mediation at 07:00 pm

He regretted that the rejection of the document by those who were party to the formulation and discussion of this same text.

Further, he went to claim that some of "these groups which are obstructing today" rejected the document because "there are some hidden hands some hidden groups behind all those".

He called on the opposition groups to join them and co-sign the document on Tuesday morning at 8:30 am.

"So that we take peace to our people in South Sudan, he stressed.

El-Dirdeiry stressed that the signing will take place on Tuesday pointing out that some are still preparing their observations.

"The document is accepted by all the parties and I do not think that there is a reason for any party to not sign it," he said.


For more details please read
IGAD mediators propose to ask South Sudanese to choose between 32 or 10 states
SPLM-IO says drafting of permanent constitution should be "people-driven process

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  • 28 August 2018 09:00, by Eastern

    Postponing solution to the current political crises is providing no solution! IGAD is now in a catch 22 situation, I love it!

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  • 28 August 2018 10:12, by Kush Natives

    There we go! That’s you have a million representatives all over the place, whereby each and everyone of the come up with his/her idea on drop it on the table. This is a waste of resources, if an oppositions have a zero agenda to represent, then why are they (oppositions) wasting our resources? If the opposition refused to take part in the peaceful referendum of 32 or 10 states, they’re in big pot.

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    • 28 August 2018 10:53, by Paul Ongee

      Opposition party leaders have no political agenda or programs of their own but revert to capitalizing on the agenda of inclusivity which rings best in their ears. It seems like the root cause of their opposition is 10, 32 or former (3) regions as SPLM-IO says drafting of permanent constitution should be "people-driven process”. Will the process differ from the current National Dialogue?

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      • 28 August 2018 11:04, by Paul Ongee

        National Dialogue is people-driven process because it allows every South Sudanese to air his/her view on de current conflict dat plunged our country into bloody war. The law-makers (MPs), NCRC n the Ministry of Justice are de one to do it if we don’t want to waste resources. Using the word "permanent constitution" is a big mistake because USA finally drafted their "PC" after over 200 years.

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        • 28 August 2018 12:09, by Paul Ongee

          Constitution is subject to change/amendment depending on the political and economic progress. What we need to do is to make “amendments” to some existing Articles such dat “whoever rebels against an elected government to be rewarded with position” like in our case is unacceptable constitutionally. People rebel with impunity n later rewarded with positions after many innocent lives n property lost.

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          • 28 August 2018 12:10, by Paul Ongee

            If we really need sustainable peace and security, IGAD should not constitutionally allow its member states habor rebels of another country on its soil because insecurity in one state affects the whole region politically, economically and socially. The constitution of EAC and IGAD or Great Lakes Region must have an Article for severe penalty if one chooses to wage senseless war for positions.

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            • 28 August 2018 12:12, by Paul Ongee

              The problem is we are not there yet constitutionally because some of our Western/Eastern-educated politicians act not only like agents of colonialists of the 20th century but have backing from the developed countries who keep checking on underdeveloped countries for continued dependence on provision of loans through IMF/World Bank or humanitarian assistance.

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              • 28 August 2018 12:13, by Paul Ongee

                Africans are subjected to remain consumers for generations to come, but not manufacturers of vehicle, electronic equipment or even weapons to defend themselves in time of war. The business of former colonialists is to poke their nose into internal affairs of a country they consider a threat or enemy at any cost, not because of the welfare of their former colony but control of resources.

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                • 28 August 2018 12:18, by Paul Ongee

                  If you continue selling/allowing them exploit your resources (raw materials) which you buy again later in manufactured forms, you r likely to survive politically but never economically. U will never even reach 1/3 of their level of economic development where infrastructure is peaking everywhere. Good roads/transportation, good housing/apartment complex, good/high quality healthcare n education.

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