22 Jan 2019


Government Delegation Set To Travel On Sunday For Second Phase Of Revitalization Forum

Delegates of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) are set to travel on Sunday for the second phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum scheduled to kick off on Monday January 5th in the Ethiopian capital, Addis-Ababa.

Government Delegation Set To Travel On Sunday For Second Phase Of Revitalization Forum
Second Vice President during a previous meeting with Governors [Gurtong file photo]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 03 February, 2018 [Gurtong]-In the second phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum, the parties to the conflict are expected to discuss issues of governance and power sharing enshrined in Chapter One  of the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS). It is being regenerated by the regional trade and security bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The first phase of the HLRF led to the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoH) by the parties to the conflict on 21st December, 2017 although the Agreement was immediately violated which prompted trading of accusations by both the parties to the agreement.

The government has not publically declared its position on power sharing, even though the main armed opposition leader and former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar last week made public that his faction should have 42% share, and the other political parties 16% share in the transitional government.

After the weekly Council of Ministers meeting chaired by the President, Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday, the Government Spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth told journalists that the government will only make its position public in the revitalization forum.

“If Riek Machar has decided to negotiate with us on the social media and in the public, that is his position but for us as a government, yes we have our position, but this is not meant for the public until that time when we sit on the table and then put our table,” Makuei said.

“That is a non-status. We will not respond to it until they table it again before us on the table then we will respond to it not now. The government has its position, but it is meant for us until that time,” he added.

Makuei said the governments’ delegation is fully prepared to discuss about issues of Chapter One of the Agreement and the time frame for the transitional period.

He called on the other groups to either join the government or the opposition during the negotiation, saying there will be no space for a third party in the HLRF.

South Sudan enmeshed in to conflict just two years after its independence from the Sudan as the ruling party got split during the extra-ordinary National Liberation Council of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), which led to eruption of the four-year conflict on Sunday 15th December, 2013.

IGAD mediated the talks between the warring parties in South Sudan for nearly twenty months, which climaxed in to the signing of the ARCISS which brought Dr. Riek Machar to Juba as the First Vice President. However Machar’s return was short lived and the peace deal stalled after conflict broke out between the forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Dr. Riek Machar in July 2016 which forced Machar to flee out of Juba declaring the ARCISS dead.


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