Machar to sign preliminary peace deal on Thursday
August 28th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon will sign the draft peace agreement on Thursday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
This followed an earlier rejection by Machar’s group, the SPLM-IO and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) to sign the peace agreement over the issue on the number of states and the permanent constitution-making process among others.
In a show of an abrupt change of mind, Machar according to the Sudan Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiry Ahmed who is also the Chief Negotiator, agreed to sign the preliminary peace deal on Thursday, August 30th 2018.
He said the mediation will in return fill in the points of concerns by Machar’s opposition group.
“In return, the Sudanese mediation pledged to fill the points that Dr Riek Machar requested to examine it to the IGAD Summit for a mandate to be discussed,” Al-Dirdiry said during a press conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
The Foreign Minister however failed to mention whether the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) or not.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance also in a joint statement with Machar’s SPLM-IO rejected to initialize the draft agreement signed by the South Sudan government along with other insignificant opposition groups based in Juba.