August 18, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement by parties on the 17th August and called on President Salva Kiir to immediately sign the agreement within 15 days he requested or face tough global sanctions.
“We call on the government to sign the agreement within the 15-day period it requested for consultations.” John Kirby, State Department Spokesperson said
The US government says it regrets Kiir’s failure to sign the agreed compromise peace agreement and would immediately start international measure to “raise the cost of intransigence” on all those who refused to sign peace, however, it has give Mr. Kiir’s government 15 days it asked to consult and sign the peace agreement.
“The United States deeply regrets that the government of South Sudan chose not to sign an agreement that was supported by all of the states in the IGAD plus the troika – the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, China, the African Union and the United Nations today,” said US State Department spo0kesperson John Kirby.
South Sudan’s president failed to put his signature on a compromise agreement that was reached by all parties in, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia promising to sign the agreement within 15 days.
The agreed document was, however, signed by the head of main warring party SPLM-in-Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar, and SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum who represents SPLM former detainees.
According to mediators, Salva Kiir had asked at the last minute for more time of 15 days to consult with his constituency in the capital, Juba, after which he would sign the document within 15 days.
The agreement gives President Salva Kiir a lion share in power arrangement with 53% in central government, 46% in three Upper Nile States and 85% in all the rest of South Sudan States, with Kiir heading the executive and remaining commander in chief of the army in Juba.
The President, however, only initialed the agreement document showing a sign of commitment to the peace agreement reached with IGAD-PLUS mediators.
The State Department spokesperson John Kirby warned that a high cost will be paid by those who reject peace.
“As the president has stated, if there was no agreement signed today, we consider – we would consider ways to raise the cost for intransigence,” Kirby said.