LATEST: Machar’s rebels now demand peace deal amendments

JUN/27/2018- Various Sources;

Dr. Riek Machar’s rebel group are now demanding amendments to the framework agreement signed with the Kiir’s Juba government in Khartoum on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

The rebel movement’s director of information and public relations, Mabior Garang de Mabior, said that they were opposed to the dividing of the country into three regions, the invitation of foreign forces and the resumption of oil production prior to a comprehensive negotiated settlement.

“South Sudan is one country and cannot be divided into three,” said Mabior in reaction to proposals that the country should have three capitals—Juba, Wau and Malakal.

So far, however, there are no details as to what is behind the proposal of having these so-called ‘three capitals in the country’ and what kind of governance system is envisioned for the country.

According to a document leaked to the media on Tuesday, the two sides had agreed to a peace deal, including the declaration of ceasefire in the country.

However, rebel leader Riek Machar was later quoted saying that his side needed two days to review the peace deal.

Dr Machar said in Khartoum that they had asked to be given two more days for consultations within their party and with other opposition factions before signing the deal.

Unconfirmed reports coming out reportedly from sources within the meeting hall say that there was allegedly some kind of intimidation and pressure on Dr. Riek Machar from the notorious Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) to sign the agreement or else no single opposition groups members would be allowed to leave Khartoum.

Dr. Machar had requested the secretariat to allow him to further consult the other opposition forces but that was clearly impeded and Machar had no way out except to sign the agreement.

Further, it’s being revealed that the head of the Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Salah Goss, reportedly exerted pressure on the South Sudanese political groups to initial the so-called ‘peace deal.’

Khartoum peace talks resumed in Khartoum on Monday under Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni.

According to the Framework Agreement, the two rivals — President Salva Kiir and Machar — agreed, among other things, to allow the Khartoum government to secure the oil fields in South Sudan in coordination with the Juba administration, and to rehabilitate the wells to restore the previous levels of production.

They also declared to work together again for the third time after their long disagreement proved difficult for peace and stability.

Peace efforts

President Bashir on Monday promised to end the war in South Sudan and pave the way for rigorous development in the war-torn state.

“I would like to assure everyone that Sudan will work hard and try all measures based on our experience during the war and peace times to ensure that this initiative is a success.

“We shall use our experience in the management of national and community dialogues to address all the issues,” President Bashir said.

Interestingly, however, the Sudanese leader is a suspect wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide committed in western Darfur region.

South Sudan attained independence from Sudan in 2011 but descended into a civil war two years later.

The war erupted following a power wrangle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar.

The conflict has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises in the continent, according to the UN.

About two million South Sudanese have become refugees in neighbouring countries.

The International Crisis Group estimates that more than 100,000 lives have been lost in the young nation from from 2013 to 2015 alone.

5 Comments

  1. Gatkuoth Goar Gatdet says:

    Salah Gosh shouldn’t sponsor peace talk because of interest. Handing oilfields to the Sudan will be the biggest mistake.

  2. Bismark says:

    There is something fishy here. Is this agreement made for Jallaba or South Sudanese? Economic power goes back to Jallaba and Juba gets political power while we still have a case with them! Abyei, Hufrat al Nahas, Kafia kinji, panthou problems have not been solved and now we open flood gates for Jallaba to come to our country again! Many soldiers will come as traders, teachers, engineers why are we failing to free ourselves! Oh Greed, Tribalism, Hatred will really hand over our country to our enemies! Shame on Machar and shame on Kiir! Garang was the man!! Oh God where is another Garang amongst us? Please give us one or another Taffeng!! Our land is being sold right now. With the coming of Jallaba while our forces are cannoned and cordoned by foreign forces it means the reverse of the result of our glorious self determination referendum. Watch out ya Junubin!!

    • info@southsudannation says:

      Bismark,
      The question now is: Is South Sudan really independent or an autonomous part of jellaba Khartoum?
      Sheer stupidity from kiir, machar and south sudanese political/rebel groups.
      Editor

  3. J. Malooma says:

    Bismark,
    Jeing/JCE thought that they were so smart to monopolized the independent and sovereignty of state by using its power and resources at will to fulfill their long awaited goals. But, the opposite has had happened. Remember, those who seek power with a criminal intentions never achieved anything but blood of innocents in their hands. Thus, Kirr and his tribal enterprise are not exception.
    Those who think that this evil behaviors of Juba regime/Jeing is okay to continue because their survival and safety depends on it, then, let the Jallaba come in if that can bring peace to our land – – – – And I hope the Jallaba will not come to commit atrocities or conspired against the tribes of SS as done by JCE, perhaps not illegally grabbing the native’s land.

  4. Bismark says:

    Mine was food for soul searching thought. It looks like our quest for freedom, independence and justice has been comprised by this so called Khartoum Agreement by the way things appear right now. Our glorious independence referendum and respect of millions of our departed souls so that generations of our descendants can live free under the sun is being abused in this game that Jallaba has introduced in their stadium of games of genocide, exploitation of man by man, land and natural resources grab. Why is it so? I think it is so because what is new is that Jallaba has now physically come into the political game that Dinka and Nuer have been playing in South Sudan. Though they have been at the shadow all the time since when we got our independence. They have smartly got into the mess Dinka created with a hope of striking a deal with willing Nuer so that they could form an alliance for oppressive and suppressive purposes of people of other ethnic communities in the country. Luckily evil can not triumph over forces of good and wisdom as a result a military confrontation took place between these two forces in 2013. The people of South Sudan as it has been will always reject cosmetic peace agreements that serve the greed of individuals on the graveyards of our loved ones who sacrificed themselves so that all our future generations of this lovely country can benefit. What the people ask is neither more nor less than that. South Sudan is a place for all the people who belong to it. Therefore equality before law to all is paramount in the journey of national building.

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