Gov’t, SPLM-IO agree to sign peace on Thursday, SSOA says not ready
July 23rd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (IO) led by FVP Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon have agreed to sign peace on Thursday, officials from both sides told the Nyamilepedia this afternoon.
Early, South Sudan government official told the Nyamielepedia that president Salva Kiir softened his position and had agreed to drop the demand that the current controversial 32 states remain: a major demand by the opposition group for the states to be annulled.
A government official told the Nyamilepedia this afternoon on the condition of anonymity that the two parties had met in a separate meeting attended by delegates from the two parties and agreed to sign peace on Thursday.
“Yes that is true, we have met with our brother from the other side, the SPLM-IO under Dr. Riek Machar and we have agreed to sign the long-awaited peace deal on Thursday which will be also attended by regional leaders,” the official told the Nyamilepedia on Monday.
However, the official did not revealed whether the government and the opposition had fully agreed on issues such as the numbe of states and the powersharing at the local levels which has not been accepted by the government.
A opposition official told the Nyamilepedia that the peace deal will be signed on Thursday but denied knowledge of the said meeting between their group, the SPLM-IO, and delegates of teh government at the talks.
“Peace will be signed on Thursday according to what I have heard but I am not aware of the said meeting between our team and that of the government of South Sudan,” he said.
For his part, a South Sudan Opposition Alliance official told the Nyamilepedia that his group is not ready and that if the mediation insist that the peace agreement be signed on Thursday under the current terms, then, he said, they will not sign it.
“We have made it very clear that we will not sign a peace agreement that does not address our concern. If the IO want to go and join the government for a fake peace, let them go but we will not remain a part of such agreement if the mediation impose its signature by Thursday,” the official said.