South Sudan: Peace agreement stalls despite Osinbajo involvement

By Post Nigeria August 18, 2015 20:44

South Sudan: Peace agreement stalls despite Osinbajo involvement

The peace agreement parley for Sudan attended by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo at Addis Ababa Inter-Governmental Authority for Development, IGAD-PLUS summit between the warring parties in South Sudan has ended in a deadlock.

Osibanjo represented President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday August 17, and signed as a witness to the peace deal, saying he remains confident that the conflict in the world’s newest country would come to an end soon.

In a statement by the Vice President through Laolu Akande, his Senior Special Assistant to on Media and Publicity, he declared “I am excited that this might be the end of the mystery that has engulfed South Sudan thus far.”

The summit in the long run produced an agreement initialed by the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit and fully signed by the leader of the warring faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar.

A final agreement has however not been reached as the President declined to sign a final peace deal until further notice but an aspect which include providing access for humanitarian assistance and the cessation of hostilities was concluded.

One of the key leaders of the ruling Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement, SPLM, Pagan Amum, signed the peace agreement, representing former political detainees in the South Sudanese conflict.

Osinbajo had diplomatic talks that lasted at least two sessions yesterday in the Ethiopian capital under the auspices of IGAD with the addition of a number of other key African countries like Nigeria and international agencies including the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union.

He told the press that Nigeria and other stakeholders “should be justifiably proud of today’s achievement.”

He recalled Nigeria’s long standing commitment and involvement regarding Sudan, including the role the country played in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Darfur Peace Agreement and the eventual independence of South Sudan in 2011.

According to him, Nigeria as a regional representative from West Africa, member of the African Union and an important member of the IGAD-Plus peace process that drew up the draft agreement, will intensify efforts to finding a way to stop the killings, losses and suffering of the people of South Sudan.

He recalled that Nigeria knows how painful such an internal conflict as the one in South Sudan can be having passed through a similar traumatic experience, when the country was plunged into a civil war which lasted three gruesome years.

According to the Vice President, the Addis Ababa summit has indeed recorded “great progress,” with the fact that the rebel group, has signed the agreement and, the Government of South Sudan has also initialed the document, with the promise to return in fifteen days after consultation, to finalize its agreement.

Speaking about the agreement at the signing yesterday in Addis Ababa, African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma noted that while the final endorsement of the South Sudanese government was still being awaited, “we expect restoration of peace to begin now.”

The summit was hosted by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the Chairperson of IGAD-PLUS, and attended by African leaders, including Presidents from Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. The United Nations was also represented by the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, among other international agencies and Africa’s development partners.