22 Sep 2018

 

Government Declines To Sign Declaration Of Principles

Government delegates from South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) have declined to sign the Declaration of Principles (DOP) document meant to guide the implementation of the revitalized agreement.

Government Declines To Sign Declaration Of Principles
Michael Makuei Lueth, Governmnt Spokesperson [Gurtong photo| Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

ADDIS-ABABA, 10 February 2018[Gurtong]-The other opposition and other groups signed the document, but the government declined over an article in the document which calls for punishment of violators of the agreement.

The Government Spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth said they declined to sign the document because it was irrelevant and misplaced.

“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.

He said the principles they (government) agreed upon are the ones that would be used to constitute the revitalized agreement but not the one that calls for punitive measures.

“We made this very clear to the facilitators and on the other hand all other opposition groups demanded that they sign the DOP and they signed,” Makuei explained.

Makuei said that on Thursday, the mediators said the DOP was optional for the parties to either sign it or not that is why they decided not to sign.

“There is no reason for us to sign such a document in which there is a provision which incriminates and which is irrelevant, which is not a principle. So the government decided not to sign,” Makuei said.

He revealed that the government gave the mediators three options, either to delete Article 28 so that they sign it, or “if they maintain the article, the name of the government should be deleted from the list of signatories because it is optional.”

Makuei said the mediators should also shelf the DOP because the government has started negotiation even without the DOP.




 

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