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IGAD calls on South Sudan parties to mull over Bridging Proposal


IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismael Wais (L) speaks during the closing session of Phase 2 on 23 May 2018 (IGAD photo)
May 24, 2018 (JUBA) - The IGAD chief mediator has called on the South Sudanese parties to mull over the IGAD proposals to bridge the caps over the power sharing and security arrangements during the interim period.

Speaking during the closing session of Phase II of the High- Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismael Wais pointed to the efforts exerted to reach the Bridging Proposal saying the result of intensive consultations.

He called on the parties to study the proposal, hinting that he would keep working on it until it is accepted by all the parties as an agreement on the implementation of the outstanding issues.

"I further encourage the South Sudanese parties and stakeholders to consider the IGAD bridging proposals which reflect a considered effort to identify common ground between the different negotiating positions," said the IGAD chief mediator.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) rejected the proposal saying it endorses the status quo and rewards Juba for its role in the failure of peace agreement implementation in July 2016.

The SPLM-IO "does not believe that simply distributing positions will resolve the conflict" said the main rebel group.

The IGAD Proposal seen by Sudan Tribune reinstate Riek Machar in his position as First Vice President.

Also, it creates a position for a third vice-president to be named by the other opposition groups including Former Detainees (FDs); Other Political Parties; and, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA).

At the level of the national government, the proposed compromise gives the current government led by President Salva Kiir 55% of the positions, the SPLM/A-IO is assigned 25%; and the remaining opposition groups are assigned 20% (FDs: 5%; OPP: 5% & SSOA: 10%)

The bridging proposal allocates to the SPLM-IO 25% of the state governors, 65% to Juba government and 10% to the other opposition groups.

However, the proposal maintains the current 32 states in South Sudan established by the President Salva Kiir, saying this regional administrative system violates the peace agreement of August 2015.

The proposal on the security arrangements dealt with five outstanding issues including demilitarization of civilian centres, cantonment of forces security of juba during the transitional period, security sector (reform/establishment) and the timeframe for the unification of forces and approach to the formation of one national army.

The IGAD Council of Ministers will determine the resumption of the peace talks and decide on the way forward.


Click here to read the full text of the Bridging Proposal over outstanding issues on South Sudan Governance

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  • 25 May 2018 06:50, by Eastern

    With Kiir still at the helm, this current proposal is a non-starter. Unless an OVERSIGHT mechanism with a BITING TEETH to check and direct the intransigent regime is put in place, the current effort by IGAD is worse than the 2015 edition.

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    • 25 May 2018 18:12, by garrak1520

      It is up to the people to get peace or refute it. When the people wanted freedom from the North, they got it through unity, this time , they want to destroy the country because of their ego. Kiir, Machar, Taban, Amun,etc, have failed the country. They were all there in 2011 and nothing was done for the people, the country. Time for them to cede and let others take over for the good of the country

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    • 25 May 2018 21:50, by Kuch

      "Unless an OVERSIGHT mechanism with a BITING TEETH to check and direct the intransigent regime is put in place"
      If IGAD, the AU, JMEC, the UN & their sleazy NGOs have not brought peace to Burundi, Somalia, between Uhuru Kenyatta vs Raila Odinga, Somalia, ethiopia or your North Sudan of Darfur, Southern Kordupan, Southern Blue Nile, CAR, Libya & Northern Nigeria? Then what do you fools>>>

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      • 25 May 2018 22:04, by Kuch

        think in our country, South Sudan, people who don’t like evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, your cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states, their found allies of Abeshas (ethiopia), Djibouti & even some Bantus criminals in Kenya? Mr. Eastern fool, we are here fool>>>

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        • 25 May 2018 22:40, by Kuch

          If your so-called IGAD countries, troika countries of the US, the UK & Norway, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their Abeshas, their gulf Arab and some of their creepy allies in between think that they "can use our country & our people" as their door mats like you said before on this forum, then you are going to be sorely disappointed>>>

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  • 25 May 2018 06:59, by Eastern

    IGAD will continue to pass on to the international community the price of maintaining the status quo. The recalcitrant actions of the regime in Juba has been rewarded by the latest IGAD proposal and this has been flatly rejected by those opposed to the regime. IGAD has moved full cycle!

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    • 25 May 2018 07:31, by South South

      We have a little child talking here. Kiir is controlling the country. He can not be rewarded for something he has it in his hands. Only people who will get rewards from this proposal are those who are in bushes. They will get something they never dream of. Hopeless 16 factions and very powerless should be praying to get this. Kiir is sitting and waiting, if they accept peace good and wel

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      • 25 May 2018 08:34, by jubaone

        South South
        One could easily convince a taliban than put sense into suck jienge numskulls like you. The IGAD is simply reproducing the draft forwarded by the kiirminal and has absolutely nothing new added. The IGAD is tired, overwhelmed and just incapable of arbitrating like ECOWAS. A bunch of African leaders that seek easy solutions devoid of any critical thoughts. A pack of lazy thinkers.

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        • 25 May 2018 08:43, by jubaone

          Afterall, the IGAD is an inter-governmental institution and logically, they cant contradict or oppose the very government that finances them (perhaps not from bankrupt jienge republic). IGAD stupidly consented to Riak’s unlawful incarceration in S Africa and foolishly turns around requesting him to accept a bogus deal. IGAD is the problem. It has compromised its impartiality.

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          • 25 May 2018 08:50, by jubaone

            "African solutions for African problems and by Africans?". This sounds a hoax, silly joke. IGAD just like JMEC must admit that they are failures, losers and unable to do anything. They mustn’t necessarily bring peace to SS, but they must tell the plain truth. They should have not been accomplice in incarceration of Riak in the first place. They allowed themselves to be used. They got scared.

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            • 25 May 2018 12:31, by South South


              Someone without logic is singing to us. IGAD is more important than anything for South Sudan. Majority of IGAD members are countries which neighboring South Sudan. When you have 16 factions of wicked rebels, do you think people are going to respect them? No way, peace.

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              • 25 May 2018 13:16, by jubaone

                South South
                Not all Junubin are like most jienges who can be herded, controlled and slaughtered like luak cows. Intelligent and conscientious Junubin cant and mustn’t accept being bullied by tailless monkeys and idiots. No. Here rebellion is an obligation and a must. Docile and fearful people like you accept unconditionally. Jienge.

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            • 25 May 2018 12:41, by Good Foe

              The ARCISS was supposed to be revived and resigned in the HLRF but it failed. If there is any government in world that doesn’t care about its citizens, it’s the Juba government. What’s wrong with sharing power? For the past 13 years and still counting Kiir has been in power; no good social services and governance. Why not give some powers to others who believe they can deliver?

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              • 25 May 2018 15:31, by Redeemer

                You will continue feeling the rule of Kiir until you give up the dream of forced change and confess that the problem is Kiir weak leadership and not Dinka as a tribe. In our Luak will make you understand there is no way for a force change. You will be chocked to see how simple Kiir will leave power

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                • 25 May 2018 16:35, by jubaone

                  The problem with you "liberal jienges" is that you are terrified and held hostage by your lack of courage and conscience. Most jienges are suffering seriously but are unable to raise or revolt. They fear being ostracized and prefer being tormented silently. Disgusting. This explains why jienges can’t change their lives. They are the dormant and docile majority.

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                  • 25 May 2018 16:44, by jubaone

                    You’re cowards. Did any jienge criticize the Kiirminal for massacring thousands of Nuers, Equatorians, Collos etc? Even some innocent jienges have been killed, did the liberal jienges say anything? Why till today has no single jienge criticised the mass rape of our women? Cuz you’re fearful, cowards or gleefully appreciate this heinous acts.

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        • 25 May 2018 20:42, by Eastern


          I have run out of ink for responding to South South, the chief ARYAN JENGE...! Please somebody out there give me some ink...!

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          • 25 May 2018 21:30, by jubaone

            Dont relent comrade when fighting these jienges. The moment he realizes that you’re wavering, he’ll pounce. The reason why such a small Murle tribe send shivers to jienge Bor is cos they are relentless and so they come scampering to Madi or Acholilands. Had we without mercy hit them, OMG, we would be very peaceful.

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    • 25 May 2018 22:46, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern fool,
      Your damned so-called international community is not in the interest of our country & our people. The people paying the damned bills in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa are the gulf Arab states countries. The gulf Arab states give money to their US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs to come & give to their so-called UNSC, their UN, evil juus attack dogs,>>>>

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      • 25 May 2018 22:51, by Kuch

        their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their Abeshas & some of their creep allies in between here in our country & our region. And this is precisely because our country coveted that they she can be used as a Geo-political chess game by our enemies like what they did with the "EAST & WEST GERMANY during their so-called cold war, and then the evils would go and brag in their so-called>>>

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        • 25 May 2018 22:58, by Kuch

          those so-called hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa & Nairobi just like the criminals did the same thing in the then East & West Germany, and the evils would then run to hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa & then go & brag---"Western civilization" Good luck fellows, watch this space. That is not gonna happen under the sun, in fact. The opposite glaringly true>>>>

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  • 25 May 2018 15:29, by Oboo Acholi

    Considering the recent deadly military confrontation between loot forces and Riachae rebels in Juba why should IGAD propose Riak to be reinstated as a first Vice President when evidence shows that rials no longer trust. His rebel groups will launch military strike against Kiir forces and new many more people will die. Kiir must be care with his life including his close allies. Riak is a danger

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    • 25 May 2018 16:38, by jubaone

      Riak is not the danger but your ignorance and poor English. Just unable to express your position clearly. That is the worst thing when fools try to play the doctor. Shut up.

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      • 25 May 2018 17:26, by Eastern


        The jenge of Oboo Acholi are those born and brought up on relief food in IDP camps in Amee, Nimule and Mugali making them to admire the Acholi people of Equatoria but forgetting that they are still jenge! Stability in South Sudan is ONLY possible with BOTH Kiir, Riek and their entire followers OUT. However, this is easier said than done. Just ask IGAD to find out how entrenched folks are

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      • 26 May 2018 03:03, by One people


        I know your dump ass is full of racism, but to tell you the truth, you’re nothing like your Riek M and your Thomas C or whoever you’re protecting. To tell the truth, you’re not protecting the people of south sudan, that’s why we will make sure a thieves like you and a racist like you don’t deserve to be around the people of south sudan. Bitch

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        • 26 May 2018 06:40, by jubaone

          One People
          One day a jienge a naked jienge found a mirror at konyokonyo market took it home and looked at his shithole. He broke out in laughter as he admired it though it was filthy. That is you jienges. Look at yourselves. You need self reflection and don’t talk about racism but tribal bigotyry. A jienge calling me a racist?

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          • 26 May 2018 08:56, by Kush Natives

            We’ll make you a spokesperson in jungles for life, you never smell the air of South Sudan, don’t pretend like you will see this again. Jieeng is completely occupied the land of South Sudan! Playing doubles deal is not part of jieeng norm. Create your beautiful country like elsewhere.

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            • 26 May 2018 16:03, by jubaone

              Bush Natives
              Bla..bla..bla..jienge black goat

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