South Sudan: Machar Objects To Sign An “Imposed Agreement”

South Sudan's SPLM/SPLA [IO] leader refuses to sign unfavorable peace deal(Photo: via NMG)

South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA [IO] leader refuses to sign unfavorable peace deal(Photo: via NMG)

Feb 1, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — According to the latest report from Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA [IO] chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has refused to ink an “imposed agreement” by the IGAD members states.

According to the IGAD’s 29th “Extraordinary Assembly” of Heads of States and Governments scheduled for 29th of January but later adjourned to 31st January, SPLA-Juba factions should maintain 60% of power while the SPLM/SPLA-IO takes on 30%.

According to this arrangement, presented to be non-negotiable, “take it or leave it”, Salva Kiir government would take the lion share with 332 members of parliament while Salva Kiir remains the president.

The SPLM/SPLA, according to IGAD’s document would take the position of First Vice President, 8 ministerial positions, 2 deputy ministers and 20 Members of Parliament.

Although the power sharing differs from earlier proposals, the Opposition stresses the need for reforms, federalism, security and economics arrangements, which the latest Peace Proposal fails to tackle.

According to Dr. Riek Machar Teny, IGAD is attempting to take custody of South Sudan away from its people.

“Neither the government nor the opposition has been consulted about reports presented by IGAD to the African Union Peace and Security Council,” Machar told The Anadolu Agency on Friday.

“We reject any custodianship of South Sudan,” Machar added.

Machar cautions the regional bloc that any solution for South Sudan conflict must be driven by the South Sudanese, however, IGAD threatens to take a collective actions against any party that refuses to sign the imposed deal.

“We cannot reach a solution to the [South Sudan] crisis away from the government and the opposition,” he said.

According to SPLM/SPLA Chief Negotiator, Gen, Taban Deng Gai, the recent approach by IGAD has killed the earlier agreements, and undermines the prospect for reaching a sustainable agreement.

According to Hon. Reath Muoch, the SPLM/SPAL-IO representative to Washington, IGAD must give South Sudanese a sense of ownership to their problems and solution.

“Any agreement reached as a final resolution to the current conflict, belongs first and foremost, to the people of South Sudan who are the real stakeholders in this crisis. Therefore, any imposition of unwanted solutions, would deprive them of their sense of ownership to any peace accord which could adversely affect its implementation” Muoch said.

The European diplomats, on the other hand, believe that the conflict has cost about 20 million euros, and stress that the six agreements signed so far have all been violated by both sides in the conflict.

The diplomat stresses that “patience is wearing thin” due to the enormous costs incurred so far.

“One could be forgiven for having the impression that they’re interested in the per diem, the luxury hotel, the bar and the minibar, enjoying the nightclubs of Addis Ababa, and not peace,” said another European diplomat observing the talks, according to AFP.

“They don’t seem to have any sense of urgency or responsibility to the people on the ground who are dying. They have displayed total contempt for their own people.” the diplomat continue.

While the delegates of South Sudan’s warring parties blames IGAD members for meddling in South Sudan conflict, both on the ground and on the mediation table, some European diplomats gives IGAD credits for containing the conflict.

“We’re talking about the breakdown of South Sudan’s whole political system and yet IGAD has contained what could have been a dangerous regional confrontation. It could have created a proxy war, but we’re not there yet,” said Alex Rondos, the EU’s special representative for the Horn of Africa.

The regional bloc, IGAD, has been slowed down by its own internal divisions. While the members states failed to agree on the root causes of the conflicts, they also disagree on imposing sanctions.

Kenya and Uganda stands against imposing sanctions since they both have important economics interests that would be affected by the sanctions.

In addition, South Sudan hires mercenaries from Uganda to defend Salva Kiir’s power as Sudan is accused of supporting Machar.

It is yet to be verified how the IGAD members states, agrees on items of peace agreements, which tend to have little trend in content, and would as well affect their long-term interests in the oil-rich South Sudan.

10 comments

  • Machar doesn’t want to go back to Juba and Nuer should understand that.

  • nikalongo sanduksanduk

    Solutions to the problem: Nuer and Dinka politicians, elders and youths sit down under some tree in the bushes of Akobo or Bentui to talks peace just as it has always been. IGAD leaders should not waste time and resources. Talks about power sharing or who started the war is all about nonsense. It is a Dinka – Nuer thing and the cycle of centuries of violence. Talk peace and let your people go home.

    • Eastern

      Dear Nikalongo,

      I on a number of occasion reminded you that your analysis of the current war as Dinka-Kiir versus Nuer-Riek was shallow.

      Now go to the following utube link if you can:

      Remember Losuba and his group in Western Equatoria as well.

      Just food for thoughts.

      Eastern

      • nikalongo sanduksanduk

        Eastern,

        Take it from me, Kenyi and Lasuba are as disgruntled as every South Sudanese can ever be about how our country has been looted clean, properties destroyed, villages emptied of her inhabitants and citizens massacred. The culprits are non other than Dinka Kiir and Nuer Riak. It is time the communities behind the two guys revisit their blind and overwhelming support for the home boys.

        Lasuba and Kenyi will remain a one band briefcase movement as long as it champion war and destruction as a means to change. Do not be deceived Eastern, there is no support for change through violence here. Who is Lasuba going to kill in Morobo. What about Kenyi? The people of Magwi county are not his enemies. Attempts to export your war and savagery to Equatoria will fail.

        Once more Eastern, tell your communities to sue for peace instead of chest thumping. All of us stand to gain from peace than the path to destruction that Dinka Kiir and Nuer Riak are pursuing with the backing of their communities (Dinka and Nuer).

  • Truth

    why IGAD add their interest to the solution’s of South Sudan conflict ?

    • Mr. Truth,

      The Answer is Simple – there is easy-money to be made in Adis Ababa Peace talks:

      The reason why IGAD is adding their interest to S.Sudan conflict is because these poor guys have learned about the secrets of Adam Smith Philosophy of Exploitation of the innocent minded.

      Immoral Capitalism. They have learned about how to safely spend blood dollars without serious consequences.

      If you are given the option to earn 20$ by carrying a 20kg backpack for 1 work-day or to earn the same 20$ by talking in a workshop for the 1 whole day, which option would you rather pick?

      Simple – you pick the workshop!

      Talking will not hurt your muscles like carrying that backpack. If you follow the logic, the IGAD are doing something like the above simple example.

      Since the TROIKA (IGAD’s Supervisos) are just another bunch of Illuminati Master Bosses, there is no prescribed penalty for doing a sloppy job, so they do the sloppy job and they collect their hotel checks and salaries anyway! The failure of the peace talks can/will always be blamed on any or both the two warring factions, not IGAD or TROIKA or M7.

      The probable scapegoats will always be those who foolishly started the mindless war & needless killings.

      This simple problem could have been finished long time ago, but no, the ILLUminati System, indirectly had to design ways to prolong this war since some significant Cashflow from Oslo could be shared by the Illuminat families.

      2b continued!…..

  • why these people always talked about only political power sharing leaving out Security point of view which is the root of these battles. If you divide ministries what about army and governors?

  • You See below:

    The 13-month old peace-talks has just crumbled one again:

    http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/All-talk-but-no-peace-in-South-Sudan-20150201

    Whose fault is it now?

    The IGAD, the Kir Camp, the Machar Camp or the E. African Illuminati Camp or Trika or UN or the innocent s.sudanese masses who elected Kir???

    U B the Judge?

    Ngundeng had better soon intervene for better or worse – we are sick & tired of this illuminati bull!!!

  • Gatkuoth Lok

    It is a premature conclusion from a politically motivated minor mind who just said that Machar does not want to go to Juba for its sake. To sensitize u so called Agumut, the people of S Sudan have got their course of which u may not be aware of. And that is democracy n its subsequential ideal, is namely federalism. In addition to that over 30,000 innocent Nuer civilians were all mass-massacred by kiir to institutionalise life presidency for himself. Nikalongo above miserably missed the point, talking willy nilly on what he or she does not know enough, that is already a wild prejudice.Therefore; we know what we r doing. Do not come to our midst to talk nonsensical n absurd things.

    • It is very clear that you are a DICTATOR. Dr.Riek should face justice for divided South Sudan and lying to innocent youths of Nuer. Psychologically,Riek Machar need help because i never heard in human history that the Vice president and Number Two of the country had HACKED its own government.

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