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IGAD calls on South Sudanese warring parties to sign final peace agreement by mid-August

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July 12, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new timetable has emerged for the long awaited resumption of the peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan under the mediation of the East African regional bloc, IGAD.

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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)

This has revealed that president Salva Kiir and his former deputy, now archrival, Riek Machar, are expected to sign a final peace agreement by 10 August.

The IGAD-Plus timetable plans a joint meeting from 20 July in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, by all members of the new IGAD-Plus mediation team which will include 5 representatives of the African Union (AU), troika countries (United States, United Kingdom and Norway), European Union (EU), China, and the United Nations (UN).

The aim of the meeting will be to study the IGAD-Plus draft peace agreement on South Sudan and improve on it or make some adjustments before presenting it to the warring parties.

According to the timetable seen by Sudan Tribune, the South Sudanese parties to the peace talks will converge in Addis Ababa on 24 July and will be served with the new IGAD-Plus draft of the would-be peace agreement.

The parties, according to the timetable, will be given at least 10 days to study the draft and discuss it in consultation with their respective principals in Juba, government’s national capital, and Pagak, General Headquarters of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO).

The negotiating teams of the warring parties will then be called back to Addis Ababa on 5 August to negotiate on the draft peace agreement, and around 7 August they will be joined in Addis Ababa by their respective top leaders, Kiir and Machar.

This final negotiation process will give the two warring parties the chance to agree on any outstanding issue and improve on the language of the draft agreement as it may suit them.

However, if the two leaders will continue to not agree on any of the provisions in the draft agreement, then the provisions and language finally provided by IGAD-Plus will be the one to remain and be signed.

On 10 August, a summit is expected to be called by the IGAD-Plus to witness the signing of the final peace agreement in Addis Ababa by the parties.

The two principals in their recent interactions in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, hosted by president Uhuru Kenyatta, submitted their reviewed position papers to the IGAD rapporteur, which is also expected to guide the IGAD-Plus mediation in reviewing the draft peace agreement on 20 July.

Peace talks collapsed on 6 March when the two rival top leaders in their face-to-face meeting in Addis Ababa could not agree on almost every contentious issue in the draft peace agreement.

United Nations has warned of extensive sanctions against the belligerents should they refuse to sign a final peace agreement and form a “legitimate” transitional government, amid calls by the United States, declaring that president Kiir had already “squandered his legitimacy.”

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  • 13 July 2015 07:08, by Lorolokin

    We are tired of empty promises, IGAD is now behaving like information minister Michael makue Luiet who uses to say PEACE is by the corner.
    I think if really Kiir and Macher wanted peace seriously as we South Sudanese want it most, it is not IGAD or who ever, it is Kiir plus Macher because those citizen dying from this war are South Sudanese not IGAD citizen nor any other citizen.
    Kinkak

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    • 13 July 2015 07:43, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      peace will only be sign when rebels accept what supposedly belong to them.government will not be bulldoze into signing a bias and a shoddy peace that will spawn another war in the long run. it sad that people are suffering and dying, but sadly,war is the only option left so far.it would be better to fight them off instead of having to deal with their endless rebellions.

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      • 13 July 2015 10:33, by Panda Odhie

        IGAD of Uhuru Kenyatta close friend of Riek Machar, how do they think? what is in their mind? how do they view peace process?, it shouldn’t be sth decided by mediators instead of the warring parties who negotiated and agreed to sign it. IGAD is not a good peace maker at all. signature will be after gvt and rebels agreed but should not be time picking date no

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    • 13 July 2015 09:19, by Ayuen deng

      The Government of South Sudan have been selflessly committing to bring peace to the County that is always shutdown by demands of power hungry rebels,that IGAD must look into because its the one that delays the peace in South Sudan.Anything that can be decide by people of South Sudan give it to them through referendum to decide like
      Federalism
      Two armies
      53 % Power in Greater Upper Nile.

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  • 13 July 2015 10:34, by Mapuor

    Will greedy rebels accept peace.Rebels have so far promoted 3000 illiterate Nuers and Chollo to the rank of General and they want to have a separate army that would comprise of only officers.The rebel leader wants those forces to receive high salaries that will either the same with that of SPLA or higher

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  • 13 July 2015 13:37, by Jalaby

    This is hopeless case and IGAD is wasting its time by talking to deaf people (mentally deaf)!
    I said it long time ago and even before south separation from north, I said "as soon as south separates from north UN should prepare its troop and budget and go to south before they burn each others alive!"

    Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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    • 13 July 2015 13:50, by Konan

      Welcome back Jalaby. IGAD repeats itself, two armies in one country, power sharing, wealth sharing...etc. Sooner or later Nuerland state will emerge. The only solution for this senseless war is to divide South Sudan into two states or more. Otherwise the Southerners will finish themselves.

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      • 13 July 2015 16:02, by Altruistic

        Konan,if worse come to worse the people of South Sudan should rise up, reject and denounce both leaders who created this mess from the first place. As per dividing South Sudan into countries,that won’t happen, and it is not a good solution to the current conflict. This problem was a power struggled within SPLM, which plunged the country into crisis. It’s not a prblem among the tribes.

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      • 13 July 2015 16:03, by Altruistic

        Konan,if worse come to worse the people of South Sudan should rise up, reject and denounce both leaders who created this mess from the first place. As per dividing South Sudan into countries,that won’t happen, and it is not a good solution to the current conflict. This problem was a power struggled within SPLM, which plunged the country into crisis. It’s not a prblem among the tribes.

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        • 13 July 2015 16:06, by Altruistic

          In fact, the people of S.Sudan have become victims of this senseless war.

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  • 13 July 2015 15:15, by Altruistic

    Peace will only be reached when both side realised, no one can win this war. The only way to solve this problems is to seat down as brother, negotiates and compromise in order to bring peace to our people who need it so badly. look at what have you done to our people and our beloved country, just because of your selfishness and greed for power.

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  • 13 July 2015 17:09, by Mapuor

    Altruistic

    President Kiir was democratically elected and will never quit without elections.democracy will never be derailed by any tribal thug who uses tribal youth to seize power by force.Dr Riek will never rule this country.

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    • 13 July 2015 18:28, by Altruistic

      Mapour

      Kiir was elected and his term has expired. We do understand the election can’t place in this climate. So let talk about peace and how it can be achieved. When it come to election, it would be upto the people S.Sudan to chose who they want to lead them. But I don’t think Riak will pass the test.

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  • 13 July 2015 17:47, by Mapuor

    Those who are fighting hard to kill democracy must bear in mind that South Sudanese Have vowed not replace democracy with tribalism.

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  • 13 July 2015 17:52, by lino

    Mapour and the rest,
    If we are waiting for both leader to agree our people will finish off as some brothers mentioned already
    Let us be realistic,for the peace to come to South Sudan is must be imposed as IGAD did during CPA; yes the principals were negotiating but stick and carrots were on the tab le.I see no different on this one.
    President Kiir is not an elected anymore unless he forgot.

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  • 13 July 2015 17:58, by lino

    Continue: The Due date for 2010 elections has come and gone. If Kiir’s Government understand laws and rule, he would have call all South Sudanese Parties and form a united Government; that way you silent opposition and the world but now things will be shaky for him in the coming 3 month if no agreement signed!!!

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