South Sudan government finally agreed to sign peace on Wednesday

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The Government of South Sudan has made it public to sign the IGAD- PLUS compromise peace agreement after long consultation with public and leaders. On Monday, President Salva Kiir convened a meeting attended by his Vice President, State governors, members of National Legislative Assembly, and members of cabinet and leaders of other political parties to discuss the way forward in regards to the signing of the compromised agreement.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny confirms to The Christian Times (TCT) today that, the government has find it necessary to sign the agreement but with reservations, which will be made clear to IGAD Heads of States tomorrow.  Ateny said the areas of reservation include security and power sharing arrangements. However, President Salva Kiir agreed to sign the agreement despite reservations and contention issues in the agreement.

Statement from IGAD Secretariat seen by TCT, has confirmed that the Heads of States and governments are expected in Juba tomorrow on August 26, 2015 to witness and attend the signing.

The announcement for the President to sign the agreement has caught people with surprise, but received with joy by many people. Nhial Ateny and Chol Deng on their Facebook walls wrote

“This is good news. We need peace and change for our prosperity... fighting must end.  This will reduce suffering of our people. Everything is stagnant and we need to move forward.”

However, some critics are still warning that signing this compromise peace agreement is not sustainable.

The compromise peace proposal was prepared by IGAD regional nation and Troika Countries as a solution to 20 months conflict in the region. The document was widely opposed by government of South Sudan. Kiir on Aug. 17 declined to sign an accord with rebel leader Riek Machar to end conflict that erupted in December 2013.

United States of America has warned to impose an arms embargo against the country and targeted individual sanctions to press the warring factions to end violence that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.


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