Wednesday December 13, 2017

No breakthrough between Kiir and Riek as peace talks is adjourned to February 19

Kiir and Machar exchanging the re-dedication documents.


ADDIS ABABA – Late night talks between the two principal leaders of the South Sudan conflict, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and Dr Riek Machar failed to strike a power sharing deal to bring the 13 months conflict to an end.
IGAD and international bodies witnessing a bickering, highly intensive direct talks characterised by disagreements between the two principals last night were left unimpressed as the two leaders traded blames and accusations as they tried to score political leverages.

“The two principals couldn’t agree on the powers of President Kiir and the would be First Vice President, Machar in the transitional period” a diplomat who preferred not to be named at Sheraton Hotel told this paper.

The two principals were pressed by the IGAD leaders particularly Desalegn and Kenyatta to sign a special document that contains areas in which they agreed to disagree in which the next talks will be based on. The two leaders also signed a rededication to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) document.
The two rival factions couldn’t agree on atleast 10% of the proposed IGAD document to form a National Unity government by July 9, 2015. They both however agreed on Kiir being the head of the state but whose executive powers are yet to be agreed, hence the cause of the disagreement.
The peace talks have thus been postphoned to February 19 with the possibility of signing the full comprehensive agreement by March the 5th. IGAD heads of states directed Riek and Kiir to lead that negotiation rather than Taban Deng and Nhial Deng Nhial.
Amb. Seyoum Mesfin warned that there will be serious repercussions in form of sanctions by international community and IGAD if the two warring factions resort to war again defying this newly rededication CoH matrix.



Tekle Mariam

A Senior news correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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