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South Sudanese president queries IGAD’s peace proposal

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July 30 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir said on Thursday that he would not sign the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace proposal with the rebels meant to end the 19-month long conflict in the young nation.

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President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

Speaking to thousands of supporters on Martyrs’ Day in Juba, Kiir said the proposal to give opposition three states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei where the country’s oilfields are located would means giving away the nation’s wealth.

“If I sign this agreement [proposal by IGAD], then what you have written there ‘reward martyrs with just peace’ will not be a just peace,” said Kiir, referring to the theme of this year’s Martyrs’ Day.

July 30th, the day SPLM founding leader, John Garang, died in 2005 in a helicopter crash is commemorated in the country to remember an estimated two million who died between 1983—2005 when South Sudanese fought the Khartoum regime.

In his first public statement since the regional mediators from IGAD released the power sharing proposal, dubbed as the compromised peace agreement, President Kiir said there was “no reason” for the two parties to send delegates for negotiation in Addis Ababa, if mediators have the authority to determine an end the conflict.

“There would have been no reason for us fighting all these time fighting and waste our time negotiating,” he said, adding that South Sudanese must determine their fate.

“As we find ourselves at crossroad, we must choose the right path that leads us back to peace and prosperity. I mean this war we are fighting now as I said on the 9th of this month, is a senseless war. If there is a way that we can trace back our steps so that we bring peace, it will be better for our people,” he said.

IGAD peace proposal gives the SPLM in opposition, led by former vice president Riek Machar 53% in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states. The government takes 33% while the opposition parties and former political detainees are given 7% each.

The government, the proposal says, will control 53% of the executives at national level, rebels 33% and 14% divided by ex-detainees and other political parties.

South Sudan’s oilfields, which provide 98% of government revenue, are in Unity and Upper Nile state. Though the agreement did not give details on how the revenue will be shared between the two factions, Kiir accused unnamed groups of attempting to steal the nation’s wealth, using rebel leader Machar as their shield.

“Any agreement that gives [Greater] Upper Nile region to Riek Machar will not bring peace to this country,” he stressed.

Kiir said there are many minorities who are not allied to the opposition and not ready to accept the current proposal on powering sharing. He urged the international community and regional leaders not to give up on peace processes, saying his government was determined to amicably end war through just peace.

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  • 31 July 2015 06:21, by dinkdong

    You sound like you are regretting Mr. Kiir. You wish you didn’t started this war, huh? You are a air-headed president!

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    • 31 July 2015 09:24, by Ayuen deng

      You better not Mr President ! ! IGAD is tearing apart this country with those proposals

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  • 31 July 2015 08:58, by Angelo Achuil

    Peace will surely come and stay ONLY when leaders focus and talk is on balancing powers of systems(Executive, Parliaments, Judiciary)not tribes or individual positions in Gov’t.

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  • 31 July 2015 12:40, by Bentiu Sudan

    Kiir,

    You had a power to bring the war into the country, so you should have same the power to end the war too and bring peace. Stop complaining. Now the whole world knows you are the most foolish, power hungry, dictator, tribalist, and extremely idiot president.

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  • 31 July 2015 16:01, by Hardlinner

    IGAD proposal is fictitious n unreasonable. I personally don’t support kiir but when it come to government, it define 90 percent of south sudanese. Since rebellion is 95% nuer in element n nuer constitute 15% of south sudan population, where did IGAD obtained those figures from. Significant number of nuer r already in the gov. So true quotas is 15% and 30% on federal and states gov respectively

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    • 31 July 2015 18:23, by Pure Nationalist

      Don’t panic, it’s your own making, you are known by the world that you have no mind to rule South Sudan as such, tribal elders are the ones using you for tribal interest which puts the nation at risk. it is understood that you want to destroy Upper Nile completely

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      • 31 July 2015 18:37, by Pure Nationalist

        You forces are castrating innocent children in Upper Nile, destroying infrastructures yet you claim to be national president?? Please, sign this peace, may be you will clean some of your bad records with in the next three years and work as the father of the nation not as head of Dinka elders

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