21 Jul 2018

 

IGAD Heads of State Summit: A Litmus Test For Peace In South Sudan

"Any country that does not live on the foundation of evidence-based policy options relevant to each case scenario is doomed to perpetual crisis".

By Beny Gideon Mabor

JUBA, 22 June 2018 [Gurtong]-Following the end of the principal face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former deputy and leader of armed opposition SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar, and a subsequent press release by SPLM -IO spokeperson, Mabior Garang de Mabior, South Sudanese and well wishers worldwide are left with clear indication that there's no white smoke for peace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With the conclusion of the IGAD Council of Ministers Meeting this evening, after having heard the final positions of the two major parties with SPLM-IO and its allies- the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) "demanding more time and propose to adopt CPA model where South Sudanese were given chance to talk amongst themselves to generate root causes of the war, with technical support from IGAD secretariat" on one hand, while the Transitional Government of National Unity and its allies -the opposition parties of National Agenda and National Alliance, seemingly "agreeing to sign on condition that Dr. Riek Machar cannot work with President Salva Kiir again during the transitional period.

And, finally, as the IGAD Council of Ministers presented the draft bridging proposal for deliberation and consideration by the IGAD Heads of States and Government Summit which is on-going, it's now upon IGAD Heads of States and Governments to reconcile the two parallel positions and issue resolution on whether:

1. Endorse the request of the SPLM-IO and its allies to call off the peace talk and allow more time and use of CPA model;

2. Convince the Government and it's allies to abandon their demand for exclusion of Dr. Riek Machar in the would-be Government of National Unity and boldly produce an agreement tomorrow to be signed by whichever party is ready and;

3. Decides none of the above and handover the case file to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, since the principle of subsidiarity between IGAD and the African Union seems to have been exhausted this evening.

 

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