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IGAD summit delayed until Monday over controversial S. Sudan peace plan


August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leaders of African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have postponed a summit scheduled for Sunday until Monday after South Sudan’s warring parties contested a peace plan proposed by the mediation team.

An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (IGAD File photo)

The IGAD mediation team, headed by former Ethiopian foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin, have presented a draft agreement between Salva Kiir’s government and Riek Machar’s opposition group.

The regional body, which is tasked with mediating the peace process between the South Sudanese government and Machar’s SPLM in Opposition faction, also postponed the heads of state summit which was due to kick off on Sunday.

The decision was taken after Ethiopian prime minister and chair of the IGAD bloc Hailemariam Desalegn held consultation meetings with the different head of states and delegations who are already in the capital, Addis Ababa, for the summit.

Both Kiir and Machar will attend the summit on Monday, which will bring together heads of state and government from across the region.

Sources at the talks say the controversial proposal calls for an interim government headed by Kiir as president with two deputies and a prime minister position for Riek Machar, also with two deputies.

Another alternative in the draft agreement provides that Kiir remain president, with Machar to be reinstated as vice-president, on the condition that both refrain from running for the presidency in the upcoming elections.

Kiir and Machar have both rejected the clauses, as well as the threat of tough sanctions, which are supported by the UN Security Council (UNSC), should they fail to accept the proposed peace plan.

Observers said the leaders’ rejection of the IGAD imposed proposal throw into question the regional body’s ability to mediate in the ongoing conflict.

Rebels earlier demanded that Kiir step aside, accusing him of inciting the violence and overseeing the massacre of thousands of ethnic Nuers who elected him to office, saying he was no longer a legitimate president.

Machar and his group argue that a mere power-sharing agreement imposed on the two parties by IGAD without addressing the root causes of the conflict is meaningless and would unravel in a short time, plunging the country back into another crisis.

Kiir on the other hand said he would remain the president, arguing that he was elected by the people.

The South Sudanese president has only provided for a second vice-president position to accommodate Machar until the next elections.

Meanwhile, international pressure, particularly from the US, is mounting on the two warring parties and IGAD to bring the conflict to a speedy end, amid growing mistrust among the rival South Sudanese leaders.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed while 1.5 million have been displaced internally and to neighbouring countries since conflict erupted in mid-December last year following a political dispute in South Sudan’s ruling party.


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  • 25 August 2014 09:36, by Ayom Ayom

    I am not sure if rebel really want peace in South Sudan, yesterday the killed SPLA Colonel and arrest IGAD member onboard. This incident happened when the IGAD helicopter landed in rebel controlled area Buoth Boma in Mayom County Unity,

    • 25 August 2014 10:15, by Rami Tot

      Ayom Ayom
      that conel have died with heart attack because feel frightened when seeing the rebels he has never see life when landed in Wechok even though the mission was illustrate it as not legal mission because if so they should inform them we are coming to your territory or carry rebels representative with them so for the mission to be transparent of having no hidden agenda of spying.

  • 25 August 2014 10:00, by paliau

    I prehend with the IGAD proposal of creating Position of Prim Minister with two deputies and President remain Kirr with two Deputies

  • 25 August 2014 10:23, by michael coma

    If it is the solution,i will declare my defection so that i will be amalgamated into govt as King of South Sudan.President and prime minister will be there and i as King.

  • 25 August 2014 13:18, by Gat Gan Kiir

    If that would be case, Dr. Machar will go to Juba with one million White Army, whoever want to be in Juba must choose the death either than live. IGAD and international communities didn’t find the solutions yet. With Kiir as a president, we will be at war for the rest of our life. The worse part of this conflict is not yet to seen, no stone will be left unturned. I like it.

  • 25 August 2014 14:02, by Ayuen deng

    There is no deal in propose positions.Still Riek rebels are not discipline and will not stop killing peace loving people like the member of IGAD team who was kill in such for peace.

  • 25 August 2014 18:52, by Kim Deng

    The peace talks in Addis Ababa is a waste of time and $$$ at the same time. Dinka and Nuer should be given at least one year to sort-out their issues in war fields.

  • 26 August 2014 00:13, by Kim Deng

    Mr7 must know that the Mighty Nuer Warriors will never surrender no mater how long it takes.

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