South Sudan: Government Rejects IGAD-PLUS Peace Proposal!
June 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan government objects the IGAD-PLUS proposal to close the widening gap between the two warring parties in order to return the direly needed stability to the world’s newest nation.
The IGAD-Plus power arrangement proposal recommends that Salva Kiir administration will take the lion share of 53% of power in the national government, 100% of power in seven out of ten states and 33% in each of the three states of Greater Upper Nile.
The proposal gives the armed Opposition 33% of power in the national government and 53% of power in each of the three States of Greater Upper Nile.
The remaining 14% of power at the national level and from the three states of Greater Upper Nile would be allocated to other stakeholders in the country.
Although the government controls less than 25% of the Greater Upper Nile region with the exception of some of the main administrative centers, the government rejects the proposal for allocating most of the powers in the GUN region to the rebels.
According to the Press Secretary of President Salva Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny, the government will not adopt the new proposal, which he refers as “nonsensical”.
Ateny threatens that the government negotiating team would be held responsible if any of them agrees to such IGAD-Plus proposal.
“No No, the government did not agree on this. This is nonsensical, whoever took that decision on behave of the government should take the responsibility. The government did not agree” Ateny exclaims.
“I was attending the meeting yesterday, the extraordinary meeting, I was there and I didn’t hear anybody saying we adopt this.” he continues
He reiterates that the document was presented “as take it or leave it” and he believes that the government has resolved to leaving it.
“The document was presented as leave it or take it, and we will leave it, we will not take it” Ateny said.
Asked whether the government should draft its own proposals to be negotiated at the Peace Talks, Ateny attests that the government only reacts to proposals presented by IGAD and other stakeholders.
“The government does not negotiate to itself, the government reacts to the proposals that are brought by the IGAD. We have been given proposals” Ateny said.
Ateny believes that as a “sovereign states”, South Sudan should not be conditioned to leave or take any proposal because the government will leave it.
Speculations from the Addis Ababa consultations, suggest that the peace talks could be moved to South Africa.
To the regime, if the venue is changed to South Africa, Ateny suggests that the Peace Negotiation would also be diverted to Arusha SPLM-Reunification Agreement, which was facilitated by Tanzania and South Africa.
“If the talk is moved to South Africa, you know, the Arusha Document will provide the complimentary road map to peace” Ateny said.
Although the armed Opposition attended and agreed with the Arusha SPLM Re-unification, SPLM/SPLA [IO] downplayed the last meeting in South Africa on Re-unification.
As a result of Johannesburg SPLM Reunification dialogue, the SPLM-Leaders, also known as G10, agreed to return to Juba as part of the Arusha arrangement.
As African leaders converge in Johannesburg, SA, South Sudan conflict and turmoils in Burundi, Nigeria, Congo and Somalia will dominate the Twenty Fifth (25th) Ordinary Session of the African Union.
Members of IGAD-Plus countries and partners will also hold parallel meetings to discuss South Sudan conflict in Johannesburg with hopes to set the datelines and finalize the proposals of the next round of South Sudan Peace talks.