Monday December 11, 2017

Government denied having rejected the participation of Troika (US, UK & Norway) in the next IGAD -plus peace talks

JUBA – The government of Salva Kiir has categorically denied that they don’t want the participation of Troika countries (US, UK and Norway) in the next rounds of peace talks saying the report was out of proportion and doesn’t represent the position of the government nor the delegation in Addis Ababa.

Dr Martin Elia Lumoro, an opposition leader with a ministerial post in the SPLM-led government told the media that the government is happy in seeing the Troika around the cross tables so long as the main aim is to bring peace to the country.

“This is an erroneous and misleading rumour. No one in the government has rejected the participation of the Troika.  We are all making sure that peace comes to South Sudan and as a government, we are doing everything we can and if it comes through the participation of Troika, we welcome that.” Martin said.

Dr Martin’s statement contradicts the recent position developed by the Minister of information and broadcasting,  Mr Michael Makuei Lueth. Lueth said that the government’s position has always been to reject any intervention from outsiders in peace talks apart from IGAD. He said that his government will not accept any peace talks that involve Troika.

South Sudan’s rival factions are set to sit again for another round of peace talks in Addis Ababa anticipated to start next week. The next round of talks is expected to be completely different from the recent rounds as US, UK, China, Norway and other African countries like Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria and Djibouti are expected to enter into the foyer.

 

FINAL PEACE AGREEMENT DOCUMENT DRAFT PARTIALLY AGREED

IGAD and the new members that will form the IGAD-plus have begun to distribute the draft document they see as the final document to resolve the conflict in South Sudan before the end of this month. The document as seen by the Upper Nile Times reporters highlighted that:

  • The SPLM-i-O will control 70% of the greater Upper Nile at legislative assembly level, police and military level. This means that that the regime in Juba and other forces will account for just 30% in the greater Upper Nile. This means that the leader of the SPLM-i-O will appoint governors of the three greater Upper Nile States namely: Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
  • As greater Upper Nile is the mostly contentious and visibly SPLM-i-O base, all the SPLM-i-O fighters will be based there but will receive the same equal share of funding like all the soldiers across the country.
  • Dr Riek Machar, the leader of the SPLM-i-O will go to Juba with enough sizable force to that of Salva Kiir. Which means that, Juba will have equal strength of force for both sides of the conflict. All the forces will be deployed elsewhere across the country.
  • UPDF will leave South Sudan and a new hybrid force will be formed by UN to protect the capital and all other institutional areas.
  • Dr Riek Machar will go back to Juba as a deputy party chairman and First Vice President or Prime Minister but whose executive duties are yet to be discussed in the next round of sitting.

The above issues are partially been agreed upon by the two factions with a view to much higher discussion in the next round of talks which is to resume next week.

 

 

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