Thursday December 14, 2017

Dr Riek Machar and President Kiir signed a deal to end the crisis in South Sudan


ADDIS ABABA – Former Vice Vice President of South Sudan and the leader of the SPLM in Opposition Dr Riek Machar and his former boss President Salva Kiir Mayardit have signed a deal to end all the hostilities in the country in 24 hours at a national palace in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa in the present of Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn.The agreement didn’t call for a permanent ceasefire but this is left to the negotiators of the IGAD peace let talks to find a permanent deal that works for the both sides.
But according to the Upper Nile Times’ reporter, Tekle Mariam, the deal agreed upon by the two warring leaders include:
1. Ending of attacks by both sides
2. Formation of inclusive transitional government
3. Drafting of transitional constitution.
4. And call for new and fresh elections.

The agreement however didn’t disclose who among the two will lead the transitional government. But the lead negotiator of the peace talks, Gen. Seyum Mesfin said that that it shouldn’t be a problem since the two leaders agreed without preconditions to end the rebellion.

“I really appreciate the commitment of the two leaders to bring this crisis to an end. There are a lot of works to be done but this shows to us that the South Sudanese leaders are committed to their people and stop the death of their people once and for all” – Mesfin said

The agreement call for both sides to instruct their soldiers not to attack their opponents within 24 hour of the signing.

The Upper Nile Times

Tekle Mariam

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

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