South Sudan: Peace Deal Has Been Disregarded

Juba – The implementation schedule of the South Sudan August 2015 Peace Agreement will have to be revised to achieve its objectives.

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, who is also the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) responsible for its implementation told The EastAfrican that parties to the agreement have ignored all advice.

He revealed that JMEC has asked the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNoU) to come up with a proposal on what they can do within given timeframe so that other stakeholders can review it and see whether it is feasible.

“You can’t say that this is the original agreement and therefore it cannot be touched. The Government of National Unity was supposed to last 30 months, but even without the outbreak of fresh fighting in Juba in July, there have been so many delays,” said Mr Mogae.

The former president said that apart from reluctance by the government of President Salva Kiir, the rebel leader Dr Riek Machar took too long to return to Juba, which delayed the formation of the TGoNU by at least four months.

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, on February 9 that accused President Kiir of lack of commitment to end the violence.

Source: Angola Press News Agency