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South Sudan says will unveil domestic peace deal with rebels

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August 4, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Tuesday it was conducting consultations to unveil home-grown peace deal with the armed opposition leadership under former vice president, Riek Machar, with indications that Juba had rejected the peace compromise proposal from mediators of the East African regional bloc, IGAD and its international partners.

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Face to face talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels resume in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Carl De Souza)

“It’s no secret that the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) has been less interested in allowing the parties to negotiate the terms of the agreement to end this conflict,” Mark Nyipuoch, the deputy speaker of the national assembly told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

The senior official of the ruling SPLM party claimed that the evidence of this “lack of interest” emanated from the recent IGAD-Plus proposal which he said divided the country and polarized the people instead of working out a way to bring them together.

He said there was need to give the two warring parties ample time for direct negotiations to come up with a home-grown solution rather than through imposed solution by the mediation.

“Bringing the two parties is a positive thing depending on the approach. A mediator is never a negotiator,” he said.

He strongly criticized the IGAD mediation for allegedly doing the same thing over and over again while expecting the same result.

“They are just working around the previous proposal and each time they come out, they give more divisive proposal,” he further claimed.

The parties, he said, should be allowed to negotiate so that they are able to reach an agreement to end “this senseless conflict.”

He said the government and the SPLM leadership were capable of ending the war with the rebels through peaceful dialogue without the help of the regional mediators.

“Riek Machar himself can negotiate directly with government without the involvement of any third party mediating the way to resolve this conflict. He [Machar] did that with the government of Sudan when he broke away from the movement in 1991 and then went and signed the 1997 Khartoum Peace Agreement and when he returned to the movement [he did the same],” Nyipuoch further stressed.

He added that the two agreements which Machar previously signed with Sudanese president Omer Al Bashir and late John Garang were never negotiated with the involvement of any third party.

The presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, separately told Sudan Tribune said president Kiir was still consultating with different groups and stakeholders in the country in order to come up with a unified position in response to the proposal of IGAD-Plus.

President Kiir, Ateny said, has also been soliciting ideas and inputs from independent opinion leaders and consulting leaders from all the 10 states in the country for guidance.

Ateny, however, revealed that despite the aforementioned continued consultations, the government had already rejected the regional proposal, claiming that the deal did not give the two sides an opportunity to sit down and negotiate over the contentious matters.

A host of outstanding issues on governance, security arrangements, various reforms, wealth sharing, accountability, justice and reconciliation as well as power sharing have remained unresolved between the two parties.

A face-to-face direct negotiations between president Kiir and opposition leader Machar collapsed on 6 March when they could not agree on almost every contentious matter in the negotiations to end the 20-month long civil war.

The two parties are expected to submit to IGAD-Plus results of their respective consultations by 6 August.

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  • 5 August 2015 07:58, by Mi diit

    Well, well, well, let’s wait and see. Somebody is shooting himself in the foot.

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  • 5 August 2015 09:14, by dinkdong

    They said "the government and the SPLM leadership were capable of negotiating with the rebels to bring peace without the help of peace mediators." But the question remain as to when exactly were they planning to negotiate and bring peace? Bunch of liars!

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    • 5 August 2015 11:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      NUER, gone back for another step African Union released reported on genocide claims by Nuer community resulted negative. and that why they want take another step relying on foreign peace.

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  • 5 August 2015 15:34, by Dengda

    South Sudan warring parties are not being held at gunpoint last 20 month, where were that spirit of negotiate brotherhood peaceful resolution. Remember to talk to people humanly. IGAD just trying to repair broken family, South Sudan isn’t orphan of intellectual.

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  • 5 August 2015 16:54, by marie

    South Sudan has intellectuals who do not know how to use their brains. All what is happening now were foretold by our friends and the government was warned about the state of affairs, but pride and ignorance is our disease which led us to this path. Just listen to what they say over the media, you would know they are just clueless of the world around them. All of them needs to be in class 1.

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