IGAD threatens to designate holdout groups as peace spoilers

NAS Chairman Gen. Thomas Cirilo (File photo)

November 18th, 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has threatened to designate holdout groups in the South Sudan peace process as peace spoilers.

The designation will possibly be followed by measures against the parties who have not signed the revitalized peace agreement.

South Sudan’s government, Machar’s SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) led by Gabriel Changson Lew Chang and other opposition entities serving in the government signed the long-awaited agreement in Addis Ababa in September.

The National Salvation Front (NAS) led by Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka was a part of the SSOA but pulled out of talks shortly before the signing of the agreement citing refusal by the mediation to incorporate into the agreement their concerns which include but not limited to the federalism and the matter of the number of the state’s during the TGoNU.

In a communique issued on Saturday in Addis Ababa, the IGAD Council Council of ministers said it has directed “the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan to reach out to the South Sudanese stakeholders and any warring groups who are not signatories to the R-ARCSS to join in its implementation.”

The IGAD Council of ministers further threatened to designate those who are not parties or signatories to the revitalized agreement as peace spoilers.

“Otherwise, they shall be labeled spoilers of the peace process,” partly said the communique.