South Sudan President Finally Signed The Long Awaited Peace Deal:
August 26, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Despite many reservations and protests, South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has officially signed the the revised Compromise Peace Agreement at 5pm, South Sudan local time, this evening.
The signing was expected to begin in the morning, however, it was delayed by the SPLM’s closed doors meeting and late arrival of some regional leaders, including Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni.
The regional leaders have spoken, unanimously calling for the signing and implementation of the agreement.
Overwhelmed and tensed, Salva Kiir blamed SPLM/SPLA in Opposition for attacking government positions at 9am this morning in Nhialdiu, Unity State.
He claimed that although the rebels were repulsed in the morning, they returned in the afternoon and war continues as he signs the agreement.
Kiir’s signing was conditional given the “reservations” that his faction maintains but according to Kenyan president, the deal is a compromise and neither side has gotten all its demands.
The president, who has witnessed many protests from his supporters and officials in the last few days, presented a 12-page “reservations document” to IGAD heads of states.
Kiir invites the region to help South Sudan to implement the agreement, fearing that the South Sudanese leaders can spoil it if left in their hands.
“With all those “inu” reservations we have, I will sign this document but I warn you regional leaders to stand with us because if it is left to us, we can spoil it” Kiir said.
The president’s statement was quiet contrary to advise of Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni.
According to Yoweri Museveni, South Sudanese must keep foreigners and the United Nations out of their affairs if they want to prosper and develop their country.
The signing was witnessed by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese first vice president, head of UNMISS Ellen Margrethe Løj and other diplomats in Juba, South Sudan.