August 26, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Many South Sudanese politicians, journalists and regional leaders are converging at the freedom hall to witness the signing of the IGAD-plus proposed compromise peace agreement which is expected to follow this evening.
Among the diplomats who have arrived at the venue is the head of UNMISS and special representative of the United National secretary general Ellen Margrethe Løj.
UNMISS maintains that the South Sudanese must sign and implement the agreement or risk sanctions and other punitive actions.
“Peace, stability, and prosperity will not come to South Sudan overnight; this process will require concerted and sustained efforts from both national stakeholders and international partners,” Løj said.
At the backdoor, SPLM secretariate and politburo are holding a parallel closed doors meeting at the State House in Juba. The motives of this meeting are yet to be announced.
Earlier reports indicate that the government has reservations although Mr. Kiir has succumbed to sign the agreement today.
Regional leaders comprising of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Sudanese first vice president have arrived in Juba.
It’s yet to be confirmed if the SPLM [IG] is preparing to present its reservations before the peace signing, however, the AU and international partners warn that the South Sudanese leader must sign the agreement despite the “reservations”.
Should Salva Kiir sign the agreement this evening, all the forces including the Ugandans who have been fighting alongside Salva Kiir will put out in 45 days. All the other forces within the national capital will be moved to a distance of 25 kilometers away from the town centers.
With exception of president Kiir, all the stakeholders and regional leaders have signed their parts.
Mr. Kiir requested for two additional weeks to consults, which provoked all-out protests against the IGAD-Plus peace proposal that he is now expected to sign.