Gen. Taban: “Imposed Agreement by the IGAD Heads of States and Governments Will Not Bring Peace to South Sudan.”
Jan 31, 2015(Nymailpedia) — The 29th Extraordinary Assembly of the IGAD Heads of States and Government scheduled Thursday January 29th adjourned to Saturday afternoon January 31st ostensibly to allow the parties to the South Sudan conflict time to agree to a proposal agreement text, which reads as follow:
- The incumbent will be the president of the Transitional Government of National Unity, and that this is a non-violating principle;
- The structure of Transitional Government of National Unity:
- President (incumbent)
- First Vice president.
- Vice President (who must hail from Equatoria – the incumbent Vice President]
- The President shall be succeeded by a person from his party.
- The First Vice President shall be succeeded by a person from his party.
- The National Legislative Assembly shall be made up of 400 members as follow: 332 the incumbent members and 68 new members appointed according to the power sharing reasons [41:20:7]; the speaker of the NLA shall also hail from Equatoria.
- The duties of the president and the First Vice President shall be worked out and the decision making mechanism within the TGONU shall be eighty percent.
- Power sharing ratios:
- GRSS 60%
- SPM/SPLA 30%
- Other Political Parties and Former Political detainees. 10%
- Failure to reach an agreement by Saturday afternoon along the dictated IGAD principles shall take firm action before any other body. In declaring this imposed agreement the Chairman of IGAD cautioned that they had a consensus and would not receive any comments.
In view of the above points, the SPLM/SPLA makes the following observation:
- This “take it or leave it” approach undermines the essence of peacefully negotiation settlement;
- This imposed agreement by the IGAD heads of States and Governments will not bring peace to South Sudan.
- The IGAD Heads of State and Government, by creating a parallel lines of succession in the TNGU have killed the Arusha SPLM/SPA reunification agreement on August 1st, 2015.
- We call upon the African Union to immediately make public the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.
- The SPLM/SPLA remains committed to peaceful resolution of the South Sudan conflict.