LATEST: SSOA & SPLM-Former Detainees NOT Signing Khartoum Agreement with Kiir!!

Joint Press Statement by SSOA and SPLM-FDs, AUG/04/2018, SSN;

Further to our press release of yesterday, the 3rd of August 2018, the Mediation today told us in unequivocal terms that nothing will be changed in the agreement that was initialed on Wednesday the 25th and that they are going ahead tomorrow with the signing ceremony. He reiterated that this was their final position, thus closing the door for any further discussion on the matter.
In view of this development, SSOA and the SPLM-FDs have decided not to be part of the signing. It is unfortunate that the Mediation could not see the importance of having an inclusive agreement and decided to rush the process.
For us, this is not the end of the road. We shall continue to be part and parcel of the IGAD led High Level Revitalization Forum and will not abandon our efforts in the search for a just and sustainable peace in our war torn country so that our suffering people could relive their normal lives.
We thank H.E. President Omer Hassan Ahmed El-Bashir for his hospitality throughout the days we spent in Khartoum and for devoting his invaluable time to help bring about peace in South Sudan.
United we stand, divided we fall.
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Joint Press Statement by SSOA and SPLM-FDs: Refusal to sign Agreement

AUG/03/2018, SSN;

Since the “Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance” was initialed principally by the SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO on the 25th of July, SSOA and SPLM-FDs delegations have been engaging the Mediation on the possibility of making some changes that will make it possible for other Parties to sign so that the document is owned by all.

The discussion centred on Article 4 (number and boundaries of States) and sub-Articles 6.7 and 6.8 (National Pre-Transition Committee and its fund).

Article 5.1 (responsibility sharing in the States and Local governments) was already bracketed in the initialed agreement.

On Article 4, the contentious issues were related to the composition of the Independent Boundary Committee, its decision making and the default position in the event that the IBC Joint Press Statement by SSOA and SPLM-FDs fails to reach a final decision.

We gave several options on each of the three. For instance, we suggested that the default could be adopting the decision of the 55th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers dated 31 January 2016 or the seventy-nine (79) Counties as they stood on 9/7/2005 or the three regions or, as a last resort, arbitration.

The imposition of the 32 States was an illegality that contravened the Agreement on the bResolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) signed in August 2015.

It should have just been reversed since we are revitalizing ARCSS. Yet, we went this far because we are keen to bring peace to our suffering people.

Our flexibility should not be seen to be a sign of weakness to the extent that we can contemplate legalizing an illegality by accepting a referendum as a default position.

Also, in relation to NPTC, it cannot be formed by any other than IGAD since it was to work during the Pre-Transitional Period.

We met H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan who is also the Chief Mediator on 29 July 2018 and presented to him the issues we believe should be bracketed for us to be able to sign the Agreement on Outstanding Governance Issues on Sunday the 5th of August.

He promised to look into these points.

Yesterday, the 2nd of August, His Excellency the Minister informed us that he has made consultations with the Parties and that Juba has rejected to have our concerns taken onboard and as such there was nothing he could do.

In view of this development, we would like to inform the public that we cannot sign the said agreement in its present form.

However, we stand ready to ink it if and when our concerns are addressed by the Mediators as above. END

7 Comments

  1. Kajokeji says:

    Conguratulations!! History will judge you right for standing up for the millions of South Sudanese oppressed by the violent regime of Presdent Salva Kirr. Dr Riak Machar has surrendered and now the hope for all the citizens is on those of you who stood up for what is right. You have shown a true leadership; so keep it up!

    • Taban Alimasi says:

      Yes Kajokeji,
      These groups seem to be standing the storm, from the neighbouring friends. Their requirement sounds great, but South Sudanese politician needs attitude change, otherwise regardless what agreement is signed, it would make little difference as it would not be implemented to the letter.

      Currently the president already complaining, the implementation of the agreement is going to hard, he would not be able to accommodate the five vice presidents.

  2. Dau Dau says:

    Fds(Former Detainees)
    Please, guys, do the favor to your country rather than you been thinking now because government is leading it and people back there are in critical condition now .

  3. Bismark says:

    Mr Dau Dau,

    Peace is not about subjugation of political opponents violently. Neither is it about the silencing of guns against innocent citizens who humbly ask for their God given rights nor it is a surrender of opportunistic politicians who want to join the South Sudan resources looting club of leaders under the patronage of Mr Salvatore Mayaar Kiirdit.

    Peace is about love, compassion, humility and above all patriotism. Peace is about humbling oneself to be a servant of the people by listening to their concerns and demands and acting according to them. Now where is that in your leader Kiir?
    He rules the country on the basis of sectarianism. Nepotism and tribalism is supported by the state though silently. The people feel radiant discrimination on their ancestral land.
    Resources of the country are carelessly squandered by the so called leaders.
    Even the meagre resources from sympathisers from our Christian brethren are not spared. How can you say that this Guy should continue with that dirty habit?
    Empowered States within federal framework can only be a solution to this madness so that each state uses her resources the way they want. Time for babysitting South Sudan by the world has passed. South Sudan must change to be a responsible partner in international affairs.
    That South Sudan can not be led by someone who perpetuates division instead of unity in a country of plural ethnicity that was brought together by colonialists for their economic interests.
    In order for peace to prevail in South Sudan, the interests of the people of Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile must be compromised in the premise of real federalism and not Pedro federalism that the mouthpiece of Kiir Government seem to support.
    This should happen now or never because it looks like people went to bush to become looters, thieves, land grabbers by deceiving the world that they stand for people but not in the real sense of the matter.
    Even those who have the blood of innocent South Sudanese on their hands in 2013 now claim they are trying to rid bad leadership that they helped to establish and prop.
    What can a real human being of a sound human conscience say about such types of people? They armed their primitive tribesmen who became terrorists and named them national army just to protect their evil policy of exclusion of others in their country affairs.
    This must not be allowed.

  4. Abiel says:

    Even though they are not agreed to who will lead them in future if there’s election. So let them go to hell, they are representing their pockets.

  5. Ikomondeto says:

    No federal system no peace. This is in the line of Equatorian popular demand for federalism. Dinka and Nuer must leave Equatoria. Equatorian people must restore the respect and integrity and dignity to make Equatoria great again.

  6. mading says:

    Ikomondeto. Give peace a chance internet warriors, we have been fighting ourselves for a long time, where were you ?

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