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BREAKING NEWS: South Sudan Government Wants More Weapons, Larger Parliament and No Punitive Measures For Peace Violation

South Sudan stakeholders at the High level revitalization forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia(Photo: file)
South Sudan stakeholders at the High level revitalization forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia(Photo: file)

Feb 10, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — In what seems to be a suicide mission for the embattled South Sudanese government, the Salva Kiir’s administration this time has refused to settle for nothing less than more weapons, more parliamentarians but less punishment for peace spoilers, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

With thousands of government supporters protesting the recent arms embargo by the United States, mostly in Juba and in Northern Liech State — a region that is devastated by the ongoing war, the South Sudanese government delegation entrusted to bring peace home has spent most of its last two days protesting either the sitting of the Revitalization Forum or the signing of the Declaration of Principles(DOP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

At the time of this writing, the TGNU was the only party that has not signed the DOP document.

Like arms embargo, which would reduce the number of weapons entering South Sudan and its war zones, the Declaration of Principles aims to impose “strict punitive measures’ on the ceasefire violators and peace spoilers.

In addition to strict punishments for individuals or warring parties that would continue violating of Cessation of Hostilities and Permanent Ceasefire agreements, DOP would also ensures that the current transitional parliament is cut down from about 600 members(MPs) to less than 200 MPs.

According to observers, reducing the number of transitional MPs to less than 200 would cut down huge government spending on MPs and help relocate funding to peace implementation process and provision of other fundamental services.

With exception of the TGNU faction, the main armed oppositions, political oppositions, faith based organizations, civil society and other stakeholders have signed the Declaration of Principles.

According to Government Spokesman, Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan government does not want to sign up for sanctions, arrests of its members or any other punitive actions.

“This article is misplaced, it incriminates the parties, and it is not a principle. It is a punitive provision and as such it is misplaced and should not be there,” Makuei told journalists.

Hon. Makuei Lueth wonders why the American wants potential peace spoilers to sign up for sanctions and other punitive actions when he was never consulted to consent to his sanctions before the America sanctioned him.

“When they, the Americans, declared the sanctions on me, did they ask me to sign that document. Why now?” Asked Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth.

Speaking after the signing of the DOP, the SPLM/A(IO) National Committee for Information and Public Relations, Hon. Mabior Garang de Mabior assures their supporters and people of South Sudan that his faction is negotiating the peace in good faith and that IO shall not betray the hopes and aspirations of South Sudanese people.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) has resolved to negotiate with our partners in peace in good faith and our people should rest assured that we shall not betray their hopes and aspirations for peace and prosperity.” Said. Hon. Mabior Garang de Mabior.

With TGNU faction defending status quo more than the interests of the people, the other stakeholders are left to unite and stand ready to compromise in the interest of peace, reconciliation and stability.

This will not be the first time the oppositions, faith based group and other stakeholders sign an agreement before Salva Kiir’s government.

On August 17 2015, President Kiir refused to sign the Agreement of the Resolutions of the Conflict in South Sudan(ARCISS) until a week later when he was pursued by the mediators in his capital Juba, South Sudan.

In Juba, Kiir produced a long list of preconditions, which he called reservations, and went on to sign ARCISS affirming that it was not a Quran or a Bible – a press which intend to imply that the government can violate the peace agreement if the government reservations were not incorporated or reconsidered.

Few months after ARCISS was started but it was violated and forced to collapse at the watch of the international communities and peace mediators.

It remains to be seen whether IGAD, TROIKA, EU and other partners will attempt to pursue TGNU delegation to sign DOP and whether the regional bloc has better mechanism this time to enforce this Declaration and any other agreement that would be signed in this High Level Revitalization Forum.

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Stephen Dak February 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

Dear all, it is encouraging that international community are putting much effort on this, though I am still doubtful it will bear a fruitful result but somehow what is happening will be the gateway for IGAD, and the rest of international community to take action. Even though I see the government side is doubtful of that action to be taken by international. What I know to be the result to be taken and come out to be the alternative to the solution is that they will make a conclusion. People can talk as much as they want but will not be fruitful. Not because I happen to be skeptic but have a depth understanding of the on going. If I can say it in another word, I know clearly what will be the solution even when they get closer to it. I will be able to acknowledge it. As I say a couple of times the solution lie on their hand. They will be the only one bringing it to an end. If you are not aware of this fact then keep tracking the things I said in the past or on going word from me.

Beek February 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Most of them are for themselves. They can’t build anything than only for themselves.

Beek February 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Riek Machar is going to come back and get kill. Hang him very HIGH. It is the same to Geert Wilders,Edward Snowden,Assange and Le Pen.

Mawien Magol February 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm

You can not mixed salt and sugar at the same time, it will not taste good. The foreign have no intention of seeing South Sudanese unify and living peaceful this is why the problems of South Sudan continues failing to achieved peace agreement. It is common sense if people want to imposed sanctioned how come the ongoing peace will success? The former president Daniel Arop Moi told South Sudanese oppositions who were against referendum that, the South-South dialogue is the only solution adding, if you guys hoping out side foreigners are going to come and living with you then, this would be a fool thinking. I am not very positive to any peace deal made from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa by having say that, there were many events which were done in Ethiopia and none was successful. I would like to see our people accepted themselves, make forgiveness for themselves, lived in peace, unifying themselves, cooperated on nation building by Ideas and most importantly, avoiding any negative which will drive us away from the above few mentions. I will registering my doubt-ability for any peace deal to be made from Addis Ababa because the capital itself is not blessing by God this is my own view. Thanks.


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